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Visualisation and animation in science dissemination.

Time: September 29, 2017
Place: The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg

The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW) & Research Center Visual Studies and Learning Designs/AAU (ViLD) invites you to a seminar on animation and visual research dissemination.

  • Can cooperation between researchers and visual storytellers strengthen research dissemination and to what level?
  • How can we use narratives when we communicate research?
  • What is the relationship between the visual and cognition?
  • How do we strengthen the cooperation between scientists and visual storytellers? -incl. examples of partnerships.

For more information and sign up, please contact:

Sia Søndergaard // sias@via.dk // 87 55 49 61

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Programme

9:00 – 9:30
CHECK IN
Coffee and light breakfast

9:30 – 9:45
WELCOME
Tor Nørretranders, Science journalist and author, Denmark

9:45 – 10:15
FRAMING – DISSEMINATION THROUGH ANIMATION
Peter Vistisen, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

10:15 – 10.50
SCIENTIFIC ANIMATION
Katherine Knack, Science Director at XVIVO – The Premier Creator of Medical Animation
and Scientific Media, United States

11:00 – 11:30
ANIMATED SCIENCE – ANIMATION WORTH SHARING- TED ED AND TAW
Gerta Xhelo, producer at TED-Ed Productions, TED Conferences, United States

11.30 – 12:00
ANIDOX – ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY – DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTS
Michelle Kranot, Filmmaker and producer at ANIDOX, The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Denmark

12.00 – 12.45
LUNCH

12:45 – 13.15
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VISUAL STORYTELLERS AND SCIENTISTS
Eugene Simon Polzik, Professor at QUANTOP, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

13:15 – 14:00
QUANTUM MOVES – Winner of the Research Dissemination Award 2017
Jacob Friis Sherson, Associated Professor, CODER, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark

14.00 – 14.15
COFFEE BREAK

14.15 – 14.45
VISUAL DISSEMINATION ROOMS
Live broadcast animation at Ph.D. CUP, Lasse Andersen, CEO at Dark Matters, Denmark

14.45 – 15:30
ROUND OFF
Tor Nørretranders: Art and science – The Link Age
How do we strengthen the development environments and the cooperation between visual storytellers and researchers?

15:30 – 17:00
NETWORKING
Networking, wine and audiovisual live performance about quantum physics by artist Cosimo Miorelli, Italy

Why animation?

“Animated Science” can be understood to enrich scientific cognition and communication processes by using visualization and animation in selected scientific phenomena and processes – as a tool for communicating researchers’ results to society. Animation and visual communication offer great potential in terms of communicating scientific issues because animation can convey issues that are otherwise difficult to communicate in writing. Other essential elements of visual communication are that visual experiences tend to be stored better in our memory than written material, and can be used as a common reference in difficult communicative processes.

When animation is used to augmented our imagination, we are dealing with what can be called ‘temporal thinking’. When information has been transformed through animation the tendency is that ones existing knowledge about the subject matter is enhanced, due to the visual and animated expressions ability to relieve our memory, and thus let us think and imagine more complex relations. Research has shown how this use of animation has potential to support the way people mentally ‘simulate’ complex relations and consequences – like when learning a new complex subject. The way animation does this is by creating what we call ‘temporal information’ – that is, depicting information about sequence, time and change. As such, animation shows to support our natural narrative structuring of the world around us, enabling us to better reflect upon the temporal aspects of the information depicted.

We will discuss some of the most recent research in the area, about how narrative structure, and levels of temporal information is combined when animation is used functional in e.g. the presentation of didactic or scientific material.