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    Data Visualization in Life Sciences

    Basel, 20 March 2015


    Representing numerical data graphically is an important task for any scientist presenting his work. Most of the time, scientific results are (or should be) conveyed through graphics, and the ability to convince other researchers of the interest of this work depends critically on the clarity and quality of these images. In practice, these important graphics are almost always created by following two very simple, but inefficient, rules: firstly, do whatever your colleagues have been doing in the past, and secondly, use the default types of graphics and options suggested by the software you are using.

    During this workshop, we will discuss different ways for representing data, how to choose among them, what are error bars and why you should avoid using them, how to design efficient graphs, which tools to use, good practices for plotting data, and common mistakes to avoid.
    The course will be taught by Frédéric Schütz, PhD, from the SIB Bioinformatics Core Facility in Lausanne.

    Please contact if you have any question.


    There is no pre-requisite for this course. The number of seats is limited, and they will be attributed on a "first come, first serve" basis.


    The registration fee for academics is 50 CHF. This includes course content material and coffee breaks.

    For applicants from non-academic institutions: Please register using the link below, and contact the course organizer to check for applicable fee. (Registration is not binding at this point.)

    The registration is closed.

    Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to March 16, 2015. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed.

    You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. 

    Location and schedule

    Biozentrum annex lounge, 13th floor, Klingelbergstr 61, Basel

    (The annex is across the street from the main Biozentrum building: directions )

    The course will start at 9:00.

    Additional information

    The course will be taught by Frédéric Shütz from the Bioinformatics Core Facility (Lausanne).

    We will recommend 0.25 ECTS credits for this course.

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