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Scientific Visualization

We offer a research programme for optimizing scientific data design and scientific imagery in contemporary bio- and nanoscience. The rapid increase of molecular and nanoscale data in contemporary science has produced an urgent need for developing new visual frameworks and tools to explore, analyze and communicate data. We aim at developing innovative visual solutions for contemporary scientific imagery, creates integrated visual systems based on graphic design and animation, and develops educational strategies in science visualization for scientists. Illustration by Ditte Høyer Engholm


Research team

Ditte Engholm
Janet Rafner
Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard
Ebbe Andersen

Example projects

Visual review of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae

To increase the public awareness of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, the aim of this project is to visualize the bacterium as accurately as possible based on scientific data.

In addition, hand drawn comic strips are used to illustrate the project process and progress. 

This is the PhD project of Ditte Høyer Engholm 


Visualization of Complex Physics Phenomena to Enhance Comprehension and Research Outcomes

How do we go from the academic ideal to the practical and accessible, from scientific ideas to action and adoption? Working with an international team of scientists, science communicators, artists and animation experts, I seek to advance public and academic understanding of the dynamics of the Universe on the smallest scales – for instance, the forces of electromagnetism that bond together and manipulate atoms, or the quantum mechanical phenomena that make it possible to visualize such structures with atomic microscopes. Combining technical and aesthetic elements, we will continue to develop more useful and intuitive visualizations for these topics. This work bridges domains of physics, design, science communication, simulation/modeling, ‘gamification,’ didactics, and science, technology, and society (STS). 

This is the Fulbright Fellowship project of Janet Rafner.

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