Data Visualization MasterclassDo you work with large, complex datasets? Data visualisation can help. Using principles of human visual perception with modern...

Data Visualisation masterclass


The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange - UTS, The Great Hall
Data Visualisation masterclass


Martin Krzywinski

Martin Krzywinski


Martin Krzywinski is a renowned data scientist and communicator. He is known for his work in bioinformatics, data visualisation and the interface of science and art. He created the Circos graph to display genomic data sets in a way that revealed their inner structure and served as an emblem of the new field. His information graphics have appeared in New York Times, Wired, Scientific American and covers of numerous books and scientific journals such as Nature and Genome Research. Krzywinski's work has set a new standard for the presentation of scientific results and established design as a tool of discovery in the research process itself.

Janet Iwasa

Janet Iwasa


Janet Iwasa is a data visualisation expert and research assistant professor of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. She is recognised for her molecular and cellular visualisations, which have appeared in scientific journals including Nature, Science and Cell, as well as in the New York Times. She was named one of Fast Company's '100 Most Creative People' in 2012, one of Foreign Policy Magazine's '100 Leading Global Thinkers' in 2014, and is a 2014 TED fellow and 2017 TED senior fellow. She received her PhD in cell biology in 2006 from the University of California, San Francisco. Following a highly successful tenure at Harvard University, she moved to the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Seán O'Donoghue

Seán O'Donoghue

Senior Research Scientist

Seán O’Donoghue is a senior principal research scientist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Sydney. He is also lab group leader at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD in biophysics from the University of Sydney, Australia. Much of his career was spent in Heidelberg, Germany, where he worked in the Structural and Computational Biology programme at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and also at Lion Bioscience AG — then the world's largest bioinformatics company — where he was director of Scientific Visualization.

His work has received many awards, including the Elsevier Grand Challenge (first prize), the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research (finalist, 2015), the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award (finalist, 2015), and the NSW iAward for Research and Development (first prize, 2015). His contributions have been recognised with a C. J. Martin Fellowship from the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia, an Achievement Award from Lion Bioscience AG, and by being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Event Details

Data Visualization Masterclass

Do you work with large, complex datasets? Data visualisation can help. Using principles of human visual perception with modern methods and tools, you can create insightful visual representations of complex data, as well as compelling visualisations for communication.

However, there are few opportunities to receive training in these newly emerging visualisation techniques. For this reason, we are excited to announce the Data Visualisation Masterclass, a one-day tour of state-of-the-art methods, taught by internationally renowned experts in data visualisation: biomedical animator Janet Iwasa (University of Utah, USA), and data scientists Martin Krzywinski (Genome Sciences Centre, Canada) and Seán O'Donoghue (CSIRO and Garvan Institute).

The masterclass teaches principles and practices for turning data into insightful visualisations that tell compelling stories. The class is designed for anyone working with data, including communicators, scientists, programmers, designers, and visual artists.

The key themes of the masterclass include:

  • Visual perception principles - dos and don'ts
  • Key data visualization methods and tools - a practical guide
  • Using visualization and animation for storytelling

For further information, visit the "Buy Tickets" link above. 

The event is organized by the VIZBI lab from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and CSIRO's Data61.

For a spectacular example of biological data visualization in practice, be sure to visit our Vivid Light installation ‘Beautiful and Dangerous.’ Would you like to see more examples of engaging scientific visualizations? Join us for ‘VIZBI Showcase: Bridging Science, Art, and Design’ (June 1st). 

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