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Imaginative Tools for Visualizing Complexity workshop

Industry event
Tuesday, 6th February 2018
The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA
for any member of staff in the SEFARI Institutes

Complex, multidimensional, interconnected data can be extremely difficult to communicate effectively even using classic visualization tools. Gone are the days when we can just draw a straight line through a 2D scatter plot. Featuring speakers who are leaders in the field, this workshop has the aim of creating a community of practice in visualization in the SEFARI member institutes and encouraging us to draw on each other’s expertise. The workshop is open to all, whether with or needing expertise in visualization, but places are limited. For more information see our blog at


Registration for this workshop is now CLOSED although we will do our best to accommodate any last minute enquiries. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gary Polhill on 


09:30     Arrival and coffee

10:00     Talk by Sophie Warnes, Office for National Statistics

11:00     Interactive group session

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Talk by Jessie Kennedy, Edinburgh Napier University

14:15     Mini-hackathon

16:00     Team presentations

16:20     Feedback and close


Sophie Warnes from the Office for National Statistics will be opening the Visualization Workshop on Tuesday 6 February with her talk entitled “Creating Effective Data Visualizations”. The abstract for that talk:

“Data visualization is a key way to present data to people, and it's all around us today, in reports, presentations, and articles. But not all visualizations are created equally, and some fail in their basic duty of conveying data. So how do you create clear and compelling data visualizations suitable for all audiences? This presentation will cover the basic principles of presenting data visually, as well as tools, tips, and examples of bad and good practice.”

Prof. Jessie Kennedy, Dean of Research & Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University, is our second guest speaker on the day, and her talk “Visualizing Taxonomy” has the following abstract:

“This talk will present the challenges in biological taxonomy and show how visualization can aid understanding the process of biological taxonomy from the perspectives of taxonomists creating taxonomies, ecologists using the resulting taxonomies and biologists using ecological data encoded with taxonomic information. Lessons learned from the field of taxonomy could inform the role of taxonomy in visualization.”

This workshop will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie on the 6th February 2018.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.