International data visualisation experts converge on Sydney to deliver masterclass

Garvan, CSIRO, and The University of Sydney have proudly joined forces to deliver the VIZBI series of events, held as part of Vivid Sydney during June 2017.
07 June 2017

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, CSIRO’s Data61, and the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney have proudly joined forces to deliver the VIZBI series of events, held as part of Vivid Sydney during June 2017.

One unique component of the VIZBI  series is the Data Visualisation Masterclass. Held in the Charles Perkins Centre, on 13 June 2017, this one-day course is designed for anyone working with large complex datasets, including communicators, scientists, programmers, designers and visual artists.

Data visualisation is a rapidly growing field, and is becoming increasingly important in life science as a method of making sense out of increasingly large and complex data. VIZBI’s Data Visualiation Masterclass will provide opportunities for attendees to learn how to create insightful and meaningful representations of complex data, and bring information to life using state-of-the-art methods.

The Masterclass will focus on visual perception principles, key data visualisation methods and tools, and will include discussions on how to use visualisation and animation to tell a compelling story.

Delivered by a team of esteemed professionals, led by Professor Tamara Munzner (University of British Columbia’s Department of Computer Science), Professor Daniel Keim (University of Konstanz, Germany), Christopher Hammang (University of Sydney and the Garvan Institute),  Christian Stolte (New York Genome Centre) and Julian Heinrich (University of Tübingen, Germany), the Masterclass offers a fascinating learning experience for anyone with an interest in the exciting field of data visualisation.

Professor Seán O’Donoghue, data visualisation scientist and team leader at CSIRO’s Data61 and the Garvan Institute, also presenting at the Masterclass, said “Creating detailed animations to bring to life abstract and complex biology not only allows us to communicate cutting-edge science, it can also act as a catalyst to drive new research because we can tell the story of what’s really happening at the molecular level.”

Full program details and tickets to the Data Visualisation Masterclass are available at

For more details on the complete VIZBI program please visit


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The Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) was founded in 1963 and is a world leader in gene-based medical research. It is a  multi-disciplinary facility, pioneering study into some of the most widespread diseases of today (cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, neurological and immunological disorders). Garvan researchers investigate the origins, diagnostic markers and most effective treatments of disease with the ultimate aim of prevention and cure.  One of Garvan’s greatest strengths is the extent of active cross-collaboration between the research areas and the consequent innovation this drives. For more information visit


The Garvan Research Foundation was established in 1981 to provide fundraising and marketing support to Garvan’s medical research programs In addition to its fundraising activities, the Foundation's activities have since expanded to support Garvan with a Public Engagement Program. This initiative aims to increase understanding of the need for and importance of, Garvan's medical research across the broader community.


CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data science & technology network. Data works with partners in industry, government and academia to solve challenges across all areas of the data lifecycle from capturing data and representing it, keeping data and making it safe, identifying patterns in it and helping them make decisions using it.


The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney is dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching. We're finding solutions that will inform and reform the health of the world. The cause and consequences of these diseases are more complicated than biology alone. That's why we have brought together scholars from a range of disciplines who are exploring the interconnectedness of our environment, food and health. For more information visit


Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 days, from 26 May to 17 June 2017, transforms the Harbour City with its unique colourful, creative canvas.  In 2016 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.31 million attendees. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large-scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations – (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. Vivid Sydney is in its ninth year. For more information visit

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