Conference participants will be encouraged to submit Visionary Grant proposals that would move informal discussions into continuing collaboration for multidisciplinary research on effective visualizations. Peer-reviewed, the Visionary Grant proposals will require PIs from two or more scientific, educational and cognitive science disciplines.

How to apply? Prospective participants must first apply to the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) for admission and be accepted before they can register for either the Conference or a workshop. Go to the Online Application GRC website and complete the electronic application form. GRC will forward completed applications to the Conference Chairs for review and further communication. Confirmed Conference participants wishing to attend one of the pre-conference workshops should then contact Ghislain Deslongchamps.


In order to emphasize and integrate the multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches to Visualization in Science and Education, the conference will be organized into daylong themes. Each theme will be examined from the perspectives of physical scientists, cognitive scientists and psychologists, and science educators. The conference themes are:

  1. Uncertainty & Ambiguity

  2. Simplicity & Complexity

  3. Creativity & Discovery

  4. Dynamism & Interactivity

  5. Diversity & Multiplicity

The 2009 Gordon Conference on Visualization in Science and Education, the pre-Conference Workshops, and the Visionary Grants have received major funding from the National Science Foundation (USA).

Gordon Research Conference

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Conference Program

Arthur Olson
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla CA 92037 USA

Shaaron Ainsworth

School of Psychology

University of Nottingham

Nottingham NG7 2RD UK

Elizabeth Dorland
Dept. of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis
St.Louis MO 63130 USA
(Poster Sessions)

Ghislain Deslongchamps
Dept. of Chemistry
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, N.B.  E3B 5A3  Canada
(Pre-Conference Workshops)

A list of session topics and speakers is displayed below (discussion leaders are noted in italics). The detailed program is viewable via the “Detailed Program” link above.

  1. Uncertainty and Ambiguity
    (Ghislain Deslongchamps / Leland Wilkinson / Alex Pang)

  2. Creativity and Discovery I
    (Lena Tibell / Alyssa Goodman / Katy Borner / Ben Schneiderman)

  3. Creativity and Discovery II
    (Michael Stieff / Felice Frankel / Stuart Card)

  4. Dynamism and Interactivity
    (Peter Mahaffy / Drew Berry / Colin Ware / Katharina Scheiter)

  5. From Seed to Fruit: Multidisciplinary Collaborations from the Gordon Visualization Conferences
    (Chris Watters)

  6. Complexity and Simplicity
    (Pat Hanrahan / Rob Goldstone / Maneesh Agrawala / Barbara Tversky)

  7. Complexity Panel: How to make complex things simple!
    (Peter Atkins / David Goodsell / Brian White / Andrew Hanson)

  8. Multiplicity and Diversity I
    (Dave Geelan / Tom Moher / Yvonne Rogers / Zafra Lerman)

  9. Multiplicity and Diversity II: Scientific Visualization for All
    (Elizabeth Dorland / Nora Newcombe / Stephen Uzzo)



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The Conference will be preceded by two concurrent 2-day pre-Conference Workshops on “Approaches to Designing Effective Visualizations” and “Assessing the Effectiveness of Visualization Projects”.

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