Principles, Tools, and Storytelling

Design: Benedetta Frida Baldi

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, University of Sydney

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, The University of Sydney, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Vivid Sydney are excited to announce the Data Visualisation Masterclass, a one-day tour of state-of-the-art methods, taught by internationally acknowledged experts in data visualisation.

The masterclass will teach you principles and practices for turning data into insightful visualisations that tell compelling stories. The class is 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 visualisation methods and tools - a practical guide
  • Using visualisation and animation for storytelling
It is recommended to bring your own laptop (no specific software required) — each seat has power and a table.


Tamara Munzner

Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science, and holds a PhD from Stanford. She has worked on visualization projects in a broad range of application domains, including genomics, evolutionary biology, geometric topology, computational linguistics, large-scale system administration, web log analysis, and journalism. Her technique-driven interests include graph drawing and dimensionality reduction. Her evaluation interests include both controlled experiments in a laboratory setting and qualitative studies in the field. She co-chaired EuroVis in 2010 and 2009, and InfoVis in 2004 and 2003. She currently serves as chair of the VisWeek Executive Committee and a member of the InfoVis Steering Committee. She was a founding member of the BioVis Steering Committee, and a Member At Large of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) from 2004 through 2009. She has consulted for or collaborated with many companies including Agilent, AT&T Labs, Google, Microsoft, Silicon Graphics, and several startups.

Daniel Keim

Prof. Dr. Daniel A. Keim conducts research in the analysis, exploration and visualization of mass data. He and his team develop novel techniques for visual analysis of business, customer, finance, demoscopic, and network data motivated by applications in customer relationship management (CRM), telecommunications, the financial market and network security. He focuses on techniques for interactive mass data analysis applied on very large multidimensional and geographic data sets.

Seán O’Donoghue

Seán O’Donoghue is an Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and also a Senior Faculty Member at the Garvan Institute, both in Sydney, where he leads a group focused on using data visualisation to advance life science research. Much of his career was spent in Heidelberg, Germany, where he worked both at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and at Lion Bioscience AG - then the world's largest bioinformatics company - where he was Director of Scientific Visualisation. He has initiated and is leading several projects, including VizBi, an international initiative aimed at improving data visualisation in the life sciences; VizbiPlus, aimed at educating and inspiring the general public about cutting-edge biomedical research; Aquaria, a data visualisation tool that simplifies discovery and insight from protein structures; and Reflect, a browser plug-in designed to help in understanding life science literature. Seán holds a B. Sc. (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney; his work has been recognized with several international awards, most recently with a nomination to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Christopher Hammang

Christopher Hammang is a Biomedical animator working at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Christopher’s animations convey complex cell biology concepts with engaging and easy to understand visuals. His work has been featured on Australian national broadcast (ABC Catalyst) and exhibited at the University of New South Wales galleries “Body Image” exhibit. He has received international recognition, winning first prize at the 2013 VIZBI “Art and Biology” contest and achieving a top ten position in the Science Journal’s international visualisation contest “The Vizzies”. Christopher has produced content for many internationally recognised organisations; including CSIRO, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Nature Biotechnology Journal.

Julian Heinrich

Julian Heinrich is a postdoctoral fellow in the Applied Bioinformatics Group at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and a graduate student at the Graduate School Simulation Technology (GS SimTech). He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Stuttgart and a MS ("Diplom") in Bioinformatics from the University of Tübingen. Julian's research interests are the development and evaluation of visual analytics and information visualisation methods with applications in the life sciences. He was involved in the visualisation and analysis of microarray data, genome wide association studies, signal transduction networks, and protein structures. In his PhD thesis, Julian focused on the visualisation of high-dimensional data using Parallel Coordinates. He is a member of the organising committee for BioVis and BDVA and has reviewed numerous articles for journals and conferences in visualisation and visual analytics.

Christian Stolte

Christian Stolte is currently a UI & Visualization Designer at the New York Genome Center. He is also the art director and designer for VizbiPlus, an initiative aimed at educating and inspiring the general public about cutting-edge biomedical research. He designs and programs user interfaces for data exploration and analysis in the life sciences. Christian has more than twenty years of experience as an art director and designer for the web, interactive media, and print, working for design firms, medical advertising, software, and publishing companies, as well as in his own business. He began his career in Germany, then moved to the USA, where he first became involved in science at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, building data analysis and visualisation tools.


Registration Type Price
Regular $600.00
Student / Unemployed $450.00

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Please note that to register for this event you will first be guided you to create an account with ASN/Currinda, our event partner. Using the same account you can also register to the 8th international meeting on Visualizing Biological Data VIZBI held from 14 to 16 June 2017 at the Charles Perkins Centre.

A discount is also available for groups of 5 or more - for details contact (Tel:+61 3 8658 9530).


8:35 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:05 a.m.

Welcome (Seán O’Donoghue)

9:05 – 9:15 a.m.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Visualization Principles (Tamara Munzner)

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.

Morning Coffee

10:50 – 11:40 a.m.

Visualization Principles - continued (Tamara Munzner)

11:40 – 12:30 p.m.

Plots and Charts (Julian Heinrich)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Graphs and 3D/Spatial Visualization (Seán O’Donoghue)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Design Principles (Christian Stolte)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Visual Analytics (Daniel Keim)

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.

Afternoon Coffee

3:50 – 4:55 p.m.

Storytelling with Visualization (Christopher Hammang)

4:55 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks (Seán O’Donoghue)


Charles Perkins Center Auditorium, University of Sydney



This is a Vivid Ideas event supported by the University of Sydney, hosted by the CPC and the The Garvan Institute of Medical Research.