Presenting Research Visually – 1 ½ day Workshop

April 14-15th, 2014

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will focus on key aspects that should be considered when preparing data to be presented either in poster format for conferences, or for journal submission. 


Relevant for PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers.

The workshop will be facilitated by, Dr. Mhairi Towler, who integrates a background in science with animation skills in order to use visual and 3D methodologies to communicate science more effectively.  

There will be four sessions (the fourth session will take place on day 2) covering the following topics:

  • poster preparation
  • ideas for public engagement
  • preparation of graphical abstract and/or overview figures 
  • an introduction to simple animation techniques on the second day

A short practical session will be delivered on day 2, on how to use the animation software Autodesk Maya. Participants should sign up for a free 30-day trial prior to the workshop here:

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Participants should also bring their own laptops, so they can work with their actual data.Dr. Mhairi Towler, Founder of Vivomotion, earned a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Dundee. She then carried out postdoctoral work both in the USA and Dundee in varying fields such as cell biology and human physiology. During this time she also completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education and during her studies recognised the importance of the visual as a cognitive tool. During her time as a scientist she became involved in several “Sci-Art” projects and collaborating with artists gave her an insight into the art world that inspired her and influenced her career aspirations with the ultimate goal of becoming a scientific visualisation practitioner. She went on to study a Masters in Animation and Visualisation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in order to pursue this goal, and founded the scientific animation company, Vivomotion.

2 March 2014