Joining the Dots

The Art and Science of Data Visualisation

August 18 2017


Event Details

If a picture is worth a thousand words, is a visualisation worth a thousand data points? This one day symposium will bring together researchers and data lovers from a range of disciplines across the sciences and humanities to talk about the ways in which they practice the art and science of data visualisation. Rather than focusing on the research that generates the data, we are inviting presentations that focus specifically on the creation of data visualisations and the questions that they answer - and invite!

This is a fully catered, all-day event hosted by The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

The symposium will create an occasion on which data users from anywhere and everywhere on the research spectrum can share what’s in their data visualisation toolbox, exchange thoughts on effective visualisations, and go away inspired to move beyond bar charts and boxplots and to create compelling visualisations of their data.

You don't have to have an academic affiliation to join us. If your work or hobbies involve exploring and visualising data, we want to hear from you!

To register, please visit

Keynote speaker: Professor Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven is Professor of Media and Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Vice Chancellor's Library Fellow and Director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) Project. Amongst her many accolades she was named Australia's Most innovative Academic in 2013.

Professor Verhoeven is one of Australia's leading proponents of Digital Humanities research. Her work addresses the vast amounts of newly available 'cultural data' that has enabled unprecedented computational analysis in the humanities. This work has culminated in the Kinomatics Project, a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research effort based on collecting, exploring, analysing and representing data about the creative industries. In addition to scholarly publications and media appearances, she has focused on the development of national online research resources such as the Humanities Networked Infrastructure Project (HuNI); the Cinema and Audiences Research Project (CAARP) database; and The Ultimate Gig Guide (TUGG) an online archive of live music information. In 2013 Professor Verhoeven initiated the Research My World collaboration between Deakin University and the crowdfunding platform to pilot the micro-financing of university research.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract!

Possible topics include:

We encourage presentations that focus on the creation of single visualisation or series of visualisations or that have pushed the boundaries of what may be considered to be data visualisation. Presentations will be 15 minutes in length with time for discussion.



The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Australian Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Society

Linux Australia


The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities

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