GRC    Gordon Research Conference on "Visualization in Science and Education"

Transformation by Visualization: Radical Effects on Learning in Science and Across Education

Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA, July 10-15

Chairs: Elizabeth M. Dorland & Ghislain Deslongchamps
Vice Chairs: Martin Storksdieck & Brian E. Martin

The 2011 Gordon Conference on Visualization in Science and Education challenges a vibrant and cohesive interdisciplinary community to explore how visualizations of data, concepts and phenomena (from simple to highly complex) can be best used to facilitate understanding and learning at all levels. Immense computational power, large data sets, and online tools that are now available to all disciplines are dramatically changing what can be visualized and even the very process of creation.
This GRC addresses some of the profound ways in which visualization is redefining the shapes and roles of communities within science as well as enabling and challenging the historical practices of science and science education. This year, we begin to investigate some of the new social, collaborative, and immersive online environments that are creating new scientific communities that impact research and learning.

Applications must be submitted via the GRC website for consideration by the Conference Chairs. Once accepted, applicants can complete the registration process. Fees include registration, accommodations and all meals during the conference. Local transportation to and from the conference is available.

Conference Program
Day Themes & Speakers
Sunday (evening)
Spanning the (Visualization) Space: Genomes, Learning, & Culture
Monday (morning)
Virtual Environments, Games, & Simulations
Monday (evening)
Visualization & Tools: Research Applied
Tuesday (morning)
Transforming Education with Visualization
Tuesday (evening)
Merging Art & Science
Wednesday (morning)
Revealing Unseen Complexity
Wednesday (evening)
Neuroscience, Attention & Magic
Thursday (morning)
Networked, Immersive, and Contextualized Learning
Thursday (evening)
Sustainability and the Role of Visualization
  • Brian Martin (discussion leader, The King's University College, Edmonton, Canada)
  • Robert Simmon (discussion leader, NASA - Goddard Spaceflight Center)
  • David Erickson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Peter Mahaffy (The King's University College, Edmonton, Canada)

A limited number of grants will be available to students, post-docs, and individuals from underrepresented sectors, to offset conference costs. Partial and full GRC registration subsidies will be awarded based on applicants' statement and justification for support. Travel allowances may also be awarded at the Chairs' discretion. Such requests should be made directly to the Conference Chairs. Members of under-represented minorities may also apply directly to The Gordon Research Conferences to apply for the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship.

During GRC week, participants will be invited to submit proposals for one of three NSF funded "Visionary Grants" for seeding collaborative research activities. Each grant is worth $6,000 US. Projects must involve GRC participants, must be trans-disciplinary, and must be of a duration of less than two years. Results of the Visionary Grants competition will be announced in late August, 2011.

  • How do I attend?
    Attendance is made by application to the GRC. Since Gordon Research Conferences have a maximum number of attendees, the Conference Chairs will review all applicants. Apply to attend. Registration for the Conference can only be completed once you have been accepted by the Conference Chairs, at which time you will receive an email with a link to GRC's Online Registration web site. The Conference registration deadline is June 12, 2011.

  • What is different about a Gordon Research Conference?
    A Gordon Research Conference is a working conference. All sessions are plenary and attendees commit to the entire conference. Conference talks are during the morning and evening hours with afternoons reserved for working group activities (this can include preparation of a Visionary Grant proposal). Publication or disclosure of information relayed at the conference is strictly forbidden, as is the use of cameras or video/audio recording devices during conference sessions.

  • Is support available for graduate students, post docs and underrepresented minorities?
    Yes, a limited number of registration grants will be available to students, post-docs, and individuals from underrepresented sectors. Travel allowances may also be awarded at the Chairs' discretion. Please see details under Conference Support.

  • Are there poster sessions at the conference? If so, how do I submit a poster?
    Poster titles and abstracts will be requested during the online application process. Four afternoon poster sessions are scheduled with a special area reserved for posters from previous Visionary Grant holders, who are strongly encouraged to submit a poster on their project outcomes.

  • How do I register for the Pre-Conference Workshops?
    Workshops are available only to registered GRC participants. Once registered, follow this link to register for the workshop of your choice. Note that the workshops have limited enrollment and fill up quickly so please register early!

  • How do I get to Bryant University?
    GRC, through Academy Express, provides a chartered bus service from the Embassy Suites Boston at Logan Airport in Boston, MA and T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, RI to Bryant University. To use this service, you must reserve a seat on the bus in advance no later than Tuesday July 5, prior to the conference. Travel and other site information can be found at the Bryant University information site.
    IMPORTANT: Pre-conference workshop attendees will not have access to GRC bus service for arriving at Bryant University; travel info will be made available to workshop registrants in due course.

  • What is the Visionary Grants Program?
    Visionary Grants are small "seed" grants available for conference attendees. Applications are due on the last day of the conference and are intended to bring together multi-disciplinary teams who will put forward a research proposal relevant to the aims of this GRC. Competition results will be announced in September.



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Conference and workshop funding provided by the National Science Foundation, USA.