Data visualization in tables and graphs is essential to effective communication, because it can convey complex relationships in a way unmatched by simple text.
Scientific Data Visualization is a half-day course. It consists of about 4 hours of pre-course preparatory homework, followed by 4 hours of group work and interactive lectures.
If the course is [Full], you can still register, and you will be placed on a waiting list. We will contact you as soon as a place becomes available. You can then decide whether you still want to join the course.
Effective communication of scientific data is one of the most important skills of a scientist. Stated bluntly, if the intended audience does not get the message in the data (and acts on it), the research effort is wasted. Data visualization in tables and graphs is essential to effective communication, because it can convey complex relationships in a way unmatched by simple text. However, data visualization is not really a big thing in the education of scientists, nor is it stimulated by the parties responsible for the dissemination of research results, i.e. journals and scientific societies.
This half-day course intends to put the student on the right track to obtain the necessary skills. It consists of about 4 hours of pre-course preparatory homework, followed by 4 hours of group work and interactive lectures. Students prepare by familiarizing themselves with the necessary software; they also submit a table, graph (or both) from prior work. During the course they receive personalized feedback, and set to improve their product using Microsoft Word (tables) and GraphPad Prism, and the course book written by your lecturer:
“Data Visualization for Biomedical Scientists: Creating Tables and Graphs That Work”
(VU University Press, 2022).
Preparatory work (at home, 4 hours)
Workshop (on location, afternoon, 4 hours)
The course is intended for junior and senior scientists, aiming to improve their visualization skills.
Participants are expected to have:
Book (mandatory):Data Visualization for Biomedical Scientists: Creating Tables and Graphs That Work (VU University Press, 2022). Available at the study book section of the VU bookstore, or online at: Data Visualization for Biomedical Scientists – VU University Press – use discount code Boers22Workshop to get 20% off.
A certificate of participation will be granted to all students who have submitted material and attended the whole afternoon. The number of contact hours will be stated on the certificate (4 hours).
Only for Dutch medical specialists!If you wish to be considered for accreditation points by the KNMG (PE-points), you must sign the attendance list on the final day of the course.To qualify for these points, there is an attendance requirement of 100%.
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, rheumatologist Department Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam UMC