Archive for February, 2016

Poster deadline extended to Feb 26th

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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.

Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Fourmentin-Guilbert FoundationWe 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).

Autodesk Art & Biology Award

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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).


NVIDIA Award for Best Scientific Poster

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

M6000 infographicWe 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 keynotes

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Fred Brooks is the Kenan Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is best known for leading development of IBM’s System/360 family of computers and support software, which in turn led to the 8-bit byte. His reflections on this process resulted the best-seller ‘The Mythical Man-Month’. Brooks has received many awards, including the National Medal of Technology (1985) and the Turing Award (1999). In the 1990s he collaborated with Jane and David Richardson on pioneering work in molecular graphics on the representation of protein structures.
Gaël McGill is Director of Molecular Visualization at Harvard Medical School and also leader of Digizyme, a company focused on visualization and communication of science. McGill has created the scientific visualization online community portal (originally, the software toolkit Molecular Maya, and has contributed to leading textbooks on Maya and ZBrush. Recently, he was also digital director for E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iPad biology textbook developed in partnership with Apple.
Kwan-Liu Ma is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California-Davis, where he directs VIDI Labs and UC Davis Center of Excellence for Visualization. His research spans the fields of scientific visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, visualization for storytelling, visualization interface design, and volume visualization. Ma received the NSF Presidential Early-Career Research Award (2000), is an elected IEEE Fellow (2012), and winner of the 2013 IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award for outstanding research.

Register now for VIZBI 2016 tutorials

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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)

Afternoon Tutorials (8 March, 14:30 – 18:00)

Childcare during VIZBI 2016

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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: