There is an open position for a Biomedical Animator working with Drew Berry at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. ‘Think of the smallest thing you can draw. Now think smaller. If you can visualise how one cell communicates with another, or how a parasite invades its host, and are able to use animation software to bring these processes to life for others, this is an opportunity for you.’ More info at http://www.wehi.edu.au/biomedical-animation-fellow.
This year, the Autodesk Art and Biology Award went to Jasmin Imran Alsous for Picasso’s Bulls and Drosophila’s Eggs. This submission highlights a connection between one of Picasso’s artworks and modern techniques used for processing biological image data. The Autodesk award is for the most popular VIZBI Art and Biology submission, and the winner receives a three-year subscription to Autodesk Maya. Well done Jasmin!
Benedetta Frida Baldi’s talk on ‘Novel approaches to modelling protein-protein interactions in biological space’ won the inaugural Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2016 participants. Benedetta explained protein interactions using a choreographed dance routine; she received a cash prize of €1,500 from the Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation.
David Ma’s “Minardo: Untangling the Hairball” won the Nature Methods Award after coming second place in the vote for best scientific poster at VIZBI 2016. Congratulations to David and co-authors Christian Stolte, James Krycer, David James, and Seán O’Donoghue. David will receive a subscription to Nature Methods.
Fidel Ramírez’s innovative work ‘Hi-C Explorer: Tools to process and visualize chromosome conformation’ won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2016 participants. Congratulations to Fidel and co-authors Vivek Bhardwaj and Thomas Manke – they received a Quadro M6000 video card.
Slides from the second breakout session (Thursday, 10 March 2016) are available at http://vizbi.org/Lightning/2016/F.
Slides from the first breakout session (Wednesday, 9 March 2016) are now available at http://vizbi.org/Lightning/2016/E.
Due to popular demand, we have extended the deadline to February 26th for all Art & Biology and Scientific Posters. Submission instructions were included in your conference registration email.
Remember, in order to be eligible for any of the VIZBI awards, you must have submitted your entry by the deadline. Winners of the NVIDIA Award for Best Scientific Poster, Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk and Autodesk Art & Biology Award will be announced during the closing session on Friday 11th March.
We are delighted to announce a new award for Best Lightning Talk; the winner will be decided by popular vote, and will receive a cash prize of €1,500 from the Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation.
Lightning talks are a challenging format where presenters have 1 minute to convey their scientific message by any means necessary. We look forward to new standards of scientific communication being set by VIZBI participants competing for this new award!
We are very pleased to add the Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation (@FondationFG on Twitter) to the list of organisations supporting VIZBI. The Foundation promotes the Life Sciences by supporting new concepts in biology, and raising awareness in other scientific disciplines.
To be eligible, you must upload a scientific poster plus lightning talk slides prior to February 26 at 23:59 CET (deadline has been extended).
We are pleased to announce that – as with previous years – Autodesk have agreed to sponsor a prize for the most visually compelling and original ‘Art & Biology’ submission. Each VIZBI participant is invited to upload one artistically-inspired image, which will be featured on the VIZBI poster gallery. The award winner will receive a three-year subscription to Autodesk Maya (valued at $4,410 USD). Maya is widely-used for creating interactive 3D applications, video games, animated film, TV series, and visual effects. This generous prize is offered to participants from academics and industry alike, but cannot be resold. The Art & Biology entries will be unveiled during the Art & Biology evening on Thursday 10th March, and the winner will be announced on 11th March during the closing session. For details see the VIZBI 2016 poster page. The deadline for upload is February 26 at 23:59 CET (deadline has been extended).
We are pleased to announce that – as with previous years – NVIDIA have agreed to sponsor a generous prize for the poster that best exemplifies the use of data visualization to gain clear, compelling insight into an important scientific problem. The award winner will receive a Quadro M6000 card, one of the world’s most powerful GPUs, making real-time photorealistic rendering possible for even complex scenes. It can drive up to four 4K displays simultaneously, and its 3,072 CUDA cores make it perfect for many scientific applications. To upload your poster, use the submission link in your VIZBI registration email. Accepted posters will be published in the VIZBI poster gallery. The deadline for upload is February 26 at 23:59 CET (deadline has been extended).
VIZBI 2016 features 10 tutorials covering a range of key visualization tools & methods; for details, see the online program. Note that tutorial registration is separate from conference registration; both close on 8 February 2016.
Morning Tutorials (8 March, 09:30 – 13:00)
- Best practices for visual storytelling in science (Gaël McGill, Stuart Jantzen, & Jodie Jenkinson)
- Functional insight from protein structure visualization with Aquaria (Seán O’Donoghue)
- Mesoscopic and molecular visualization with Blender – Basic hands-on workshop (Björn Sommer & Christopher Hammang)
- Rapid user-centered design for data visualization (Francis Rowland & Nikiforos Karamanis & Ryo Sakai)
- Using R to generate visualizations of biological data (Paul Brennan & Dean Hammond)
Afternoon Tutorials (8 March, 14:30 – 18:00)
- Advanced molecular visualization with Molecular Maya’s DNA and cytoskeleton kits and Clarafi’s visualization annotation tool (Gaël McGill)
- Integration and visualization of biological linked data (Alexander Garcia & Nandana Mihindukulasooriya)
- Interpretation of small molecule High Throughput Screening data for chemical biology and drug discovery (Sheraz Gul)
- Mesoscopic and molecular visualization with Blender – Advanced hands-on workshop (Christopher Hammang & Björn Sommer)
- Reuse, develop, and share biological visualisations with BioJS (José M. Villaveces, David Dao, Gustavo A. Salazar, Leyla Jael Garcia Castro, & Dennis Schwartz)
Childcare is offered for children between the age of 3 months and 3 years to registered conference participants. The children will be looked after by highly professional Kindergarten teachers, employed by the EMBL Kinderhaus. This service is offered for the duration of the entire conference for 100 Euro per child. Childcare can only be provided for 10 children per conference. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. For more information please visit: http://www.embl.de/training/events/info_participants/childcare.
A quick reminder that registration for VIZBI 2016 (the EMBO Conference on Visualizing Biological Data) is closing soon. Registration will now close 8 February 2016 23:59 CET (extended 1 week due to server issues). The main conference will take place 9-11 March at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, and features keynotes (Fred Brooks, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Gaël McGill), 18 invited talks, plus posters and 1 min. flash talks. On March 8 there will also be 10 half-day tutorials related to visualizing biological data. There is also the option of remote participation (not for tutorials). If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society during VIZBI 2016, a range of sponsorship options are still available.
For students planning to attend VIZBI 2016, EMBL is offering a limited number of CPP fellowships, which provide registration fee waiver and/or a travel grant for up to €400 for participants travelling from the European continent and up to €1,000 for participants travelling from outside Europe. Fellowship applications close 6 January 2016.
We are delighted to announce VIZBI 2016, the 3rd EMBO Conference on ‘Visualizing Biological Data’, which will also be the 7th international meeting on this topic, to be held March 9-11 at the EMBL, Heidelberg (Germany). VIZBI 2016 brings together scientists actively using or developing computational visualization methods to study a diverse range of biological data; the conference also encourages participation from medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists.
VIZBI 2016 will feature keynotes from Fred Brooks, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Gaël McGill plus 18 invited talks from high-profile speakers who will highlight visualization challenges in rapidly emerging application areas within life sciences, biomolecular engineering, and ecology.
All VIZBI participants have the opportunity to present a poster and a lightning talk describing their work. If you cannot join us in Heidelberg, you have the option of virtual registration, which allows participation via streaming video and chat.
Tutorial proposals. Prior to the meeting (March 8), there will also be half-day tutorials on visualization tools & methods. If you are interested in running a tutorial, you are invited to submit a tutorial proposal. The deadline for proposals is 1 November 2015.
Sponsorship. If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society, a range of sponsorship options are also available.
The first six VIZBI meetings have been very lively events, and have helped foster a new focus on data visualization in the life sciences. VIZBI 2016 promises to be another exciting event – we hope very much you can join us!
This year, the Autodesk Art and Biology Award went to Stefani Kuzmiski for "Dental Anatomy". Her work combined digital and traditional media techniques to provide an alternative view of dental tissue. The Autodesk award is for the most popular submission to the VIZBI Art and Biology posters, and the winner receives a free license for Autodesk Maya. Well done Stefani !