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Visualization in Science & Education
Gordon Research Conference

Scientific Visualization for Decision-Making


August 6-11, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


Mike Stieff & Ann F. Batiza

Vice Chairs:
Kim Anne Kastens & Ryan J. Wyatt

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 9, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education will continue a tradition of bringing together a diverse community of practitioners and researchers engaged in the production, study, and application of visualizations to advance and promote scientific understanding. The theme for the 2017 conference is "Scientific Visualization for Decision-Making". This interdisciplinary meeting will explore the various ways that data are visualized and leveraged to help diverse stakeholders make informed decisions based on scientific evidence. Speakers will discuss the cognitive underpinnings of human decision-making and how it is affected by the availability of visualizations. Presentations will include cutting-edge research on how visualizations support both the day-to-day decisions made by investigators and case studies of visualizations proven critical for scientific discovery. Novel research will also be presented that demonstrates how the design of a visualization influences decisions made by policymakers and the general public. For more information, please visit the conference chairs' web site.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 6, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Using Scientific Visualizations to Support Decision-Making in Daily Life
    (Donna Cox / Hannah Fairfield / Bryan Kennedy)
  • How Visualizations Can Influence Decisions During Scientific Research
    (Gael McGill / Janet Iwasa / Shigeru Kondo / Thomas Kwasnitschka)
  • Using Visualization Design to Influence the Quality of a Viewer's Decisions
    (Katy Borner / JoAnn Kuchera-Morin / Miriah Meyer)
  • The Influence of Scientific Visualizations on Decision-Making in Professional Settings
    (Vivian Trakinsku / Hany Farid / Eliot Fishman / Larry Mayer)
  • How Cognitive Factors Influence Decision-Making with Visualizations
    (Thomas Shipley / Steve Franconeri)
  • Visualizing Big Data to Support Decision-Making by General Audiences
    (Jen Christiansen / Kim Albrecht / James Green / David Herring)
  • How Scientific Visualizations Influence Public Policy Decisions
    (Carrie McDougall / Stephanie Romanach / Dawn Wright)
  • Helping Students Build Proficiency in Using Scientific Visualizations for Decision-Making
    (Leigh Peake / Bob Kolvoord / Camillia Matuk / Stephanie Pfirman)
  • Building Adult Proficiency in Using Scientific Visualizations for Decision-Making
    (Martin Storksdieck / Phillip Kellman / Andrew Kruczkiewicz)
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