Kathleen Gregory

University of Vienna


Title: Talking Charts: How are everyday visualisations produced and understood?


Bio: Kathleen Gregory is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna and a research fellow at the Scholarly Communications Lab at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She holds a PhD in in Science &Technology Studies and has a MSc in Library and Information Science and an MA in Education. Her research focuses on data practices and scholarly communication, examining how people manage, communicate, understand and use data in academia and public life.


Laura Koesten

University of Vienna


Title: Talking Charts: How are everyday visualisations produced and understood?


Bio: Laura Koesten is a Postdoc at the University of Vienna in the Research Group for Visualization and Data Analysis and an external researcher at King’s College London, UK. In her research, she is looking at ways to improve human-data interaction by studying sensemaking with data and visualisations, data discovery and reuse, as well as collaboration in data science. That means she researches how data is used, understood and presented by different user groups. She obtained her Ph.D. at the Open Data Institute in London and the University of Southampton, UK.

Jörg Menche

University of Vienna, Vienna


Title: Exploring big data in Virtual Reality


Bio: Jörg Menche studied physics in Germany and Brazil and obtained a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in 2010. He worked as a postdoc at Northeastern University and Harvard Medical School in Boston, before starting his own research group at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine in Vienna in 2015. In 2020 he became full professor at the University of Vienna where he holds a shared appointment at the Center for Molecular Biology (Max Perutz Labs) and the Faculty of Mathematics. His interdisciplinary team combines backgrounds ranging from biology and bioinformatics to medicine, physics, mathematics & arts. The broad ambition of his group is to use tools and concepts from network theory to elucidate the complex machinery of interacting molecules that constitutes the basis of (patho-)physiological states. Major areas of interest are network-based approaches to rare diseases, understanding the basic principles of how perturbations of biological systems influence each other and developing novel Virtual Reality (VR) based technologies for analyzing large genomic data.

Tommaso Venturini

CNRS Centre for Internet and Society


Title: Maps of power and power of maps a few lessons learnt in controversy mapping


Bio:  Tommaso is a researcher at the Centre Internet et Société of the CNRS (http://cis.cnrs.fr/), associate professor at the University of Geneva's médialab and founder of the Public Data Lab (http://publicdatalab.org/). He was a researcher at ENS Lyon, Research Fellow at INRIA, lecturer in digital humanities at King's College London and coordinator of the medialab of SciencesPo Paris.

His research intersects media studies, science and technology studies, and digital social sciences. He focuses on digital methods, online debate, cycles of attention, and the secondary orality of platforms. He teaches controversy mapping, digital methods, journalism and data activism, academic writing, and data visualization.

Projects and publications on: http://www.tommasoventurini.it/

Marco Quaggiotto

ISI Foundation, Turin 

Politecnico, Milan



Title: Maps as interfaces. Experimental cartographies for the communication of complex territories


Bio: Marco Quaggiotto is assistant professor at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano, where holds a PhD in Design. Since 2009 he teaches digital communication design at the School of Design in the master degree course in Communication Design. His research focuses on the design of digital interfaces for the exploration of complex territories and systems. He carries out research on new cartographies, digital design and issues related to representation and interaction with data and knowledge organisation systems. He is part of the research group in Communication Design for the Territory - DCxT, and since 2011 he is coordinator of DataInterfaces, an experimental collaboration lab between Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione ISI that combines the competences of Communication Design, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence to address open issues in the creation of tools for the exploration and communication of complex phenomena.

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