VISUALISE Conference Landing Page
We encounter visualizations of science every day, whether we’re following the spread of a wildfire or watching an animation on gene editing. After years of researching and designing visualizations for the public, what have we learned about what works and what doesn’t?
On May 8 and 9, 2019, the Exploratorium hosted VISUALISE: Visualization for Informal Science Education, the first conference focused on creating effective visualizations for science museums and other venues for informal science education. VISUALISE, which was made possible through funding from the National Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, brought together museum professionals, learning researchers, computer scientists, artists, and technology developers to share their work and identify opportunities, knowledge gaps, and emerging research.
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Utah
Science Museum of Minnesota
Author of Understanding Comics
Office of Education, NOAA
University of British Columbia
The New York Times
University of Arizona
Big Picture Group, Google
California Academy of Sciences
Photo credit: Science on a Sphere, Pat Izzo, NASA Goddard. AR Sandbox, Oliver Kreylos, UC Davis
Visualization at the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium has created visualizations of natural phenomena throughout its history, beginning in 1969 with Drawing Board, in which a pen traces the patterns of a swinging table’s harmonic oscillations. As huge scientific datasets have become more prevalent, we’ve expanded our focus on making visualizations for visitors, and our research on the best approaches in design and development.
For the Living Liquid project, we conducted design-based research as we developed interactive visualizations of three different marine science datasets. At the Visualizing the Bay Area exhibit, we project multiple geographic datasets onto a large topographic model, helping visitors to discover invisible processes that shape our region. Check out some of our other visualization-based exhibits.
Exploratorium Project Leadership Team
Jennifer Frazier, PhD, VISUALISE Conference Chair, has led several projects that bring together scientists, computer scientists, artists, and others to create and study visualizations, including the Living Liquid project and the NISE Network Visualization Laboratory.
Joyce Ma, PhD, was co-director of the Living Liquid project, and has led the visitor research efforts on several projects that engage visitors with visualizations or visually complex data, including NISE Network Visualization Laboratory and Seeing Scientifically.
Mary Miller is program director for environmental science partnerships, and leads the Exploratorium’s Wired Pier project—a suite of oceanic and atmospheric sensors and data visualization platforms.
Susan Schwartzenberg is director of the Fisher Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium. She has led numerous visualization-based exhibition and arts projects, including Invisible Dynamics and the Ocean Observatory.