Sci-Vi | Sci-Vi Seminar Lisbon 8 Oct 2021
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Sci-Vi Seminar Lisbon 8 Oct 2021

The Sci-Vi Seminar facilitates knowledge exchange and networking between researchers and visual storytellers. 

The Seminar is arranged in a collaboration between The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Denmark, and NOVA FCSH Lisboa, Portugal.


Sci-Vi is an initiative from The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Denmark, seeking to explore and unfold science dissemination as a field, to improve science communication and focus on science productions through visualization and animation. The initiative will strengthen the cooperation between scientists and visual storytellers, and investigates potentials and possibilities in a broad community. Sci-Vi cultivates community, knowledge exchange, professional and academic matchmaking, initiates research and development within the field. The Sci-Vi Seminar brings together researchers, animators, and visual storytellers to discuss exchange knowledge, and learn from state-of-the-art case studies and ongoing research projects.
The seminar is focusing on these issues:

  • What is Sci Vi? Science Visualization principles
  • Can cooperation between researchers and visual storytellers strengthen research dissemination and to what level?
  • How can we use narratives when we communicate research?
  • How do we strengthen the cooperation between scientists and visual storytellers? -incl. examples of partnerships.
  • Invitation for interested into the Sci-Vi Community



10.00-10.15 Welcome and introduction by Ágota Végső and Sia Søndergaard /Head of the Sci-Vi Initiative/

10.15- 11.00 Introduction to the Sci Vi principles by Peter Vistisen /Associate professor of Design & Visualization at Aalborg University/

11.00 – 11.45 Mapping Animation Possibilities in Science Communication by Ágota Végső /Digital Media PhD student at NOVA FCSH/

11.45 – 12.15 Lunch

12.15-13.00 High-quality Virtual user experiences – combining technical and creative processes by Jørgen Jakobsen /Co-founder & Creative Technologist at CollectiveFlow/

13.00-13.15 Introduction of the iNOVA Media Lab and the Digital Media PhD education at NOVA FCSH by Paulo Nuno Vicente /Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa/

13.15-14.00 From the utilitarian to the sublime by Ana Figueiras /Research Scientist at iNOVA Media Lab/

14.00-15.00 Networking


Photos about the event by Rui Oliveira


The seminar is free of charge. There is the possibility of personal attendance and online participation as well.

The event will take place at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, located at Colégio Almada Negreiros. The room is A224, after entering the campus turn left, at the end of the corridor go up the stairs. The A224 is a big auditorium in that corner on the first floor!

Snacks will be available during the event. Lunch is not included but Colégio Almada Negreiros has canteens at affordable prices. The organizing team suggests joining them to eat together at the Canteen.



Peter Vistisen

Peter Vistisen, Ph.D., is an Associate professor of Design & Visualization at Aalborg University, at the Department of Communication & Psychology. In his research, Peter studies the use of animation as a functional design medium to be used both to facilitate better communication of complex information, as well as a tool to ’sketch’ new ideas. His passion is to help and support the field of animation to use their amazing skills in creating more informed and critical audiences across sectors. During the past 10 years, Peter has been teaching and supervising bachelor and master students at Aalborg University, and various University Colleges in Denmark. Further, he has disseminated consulted, based on his research, for both academic institutions and industry stakeholders. Furthermore, Peter is a member of the Sci-Vi steering committee, as well as a member of the advisory board on Viborg Municipality’s Animation Strategy. Peter has written the academic textbook ’Sketching with Animation’, concerning the use of animation as a functional communication tool, which is available for free online.


Sia Søndergaard

Sia Søndergaard is a Project manager and Producer at The Animation Workshop / VIA University College in the departments: Research, Development and Projects, Center for Animation, Visualization and Digital Storytelling (​ She is the Head of the Sci-Vi initiative – Science Visualization ( and project manager in the pedagogical department Animated Learning Lab.



Jørgen Jakobsen

Jørgen is the Co-founder & Creative Technologist at CollectiveFlow. His background as an electrical engineer with many years of experience in a wide range of industries gives him a solid background to convert ideas to solutions. In recent years he has developed and executed high-quality virtual user experiences – ranging from cultural and architectural to industrial solutions. Jørgen LOVES to explore and challenge technology.



Paulo Nuno Vicente 

Paulo Nuno Vicente is an Assistant Professor of digital media at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal). He founded and coordinates iNOVA Media Lab, a digital creation laboratory developing research at the convergence of creative digital media and emerging technologies. The lab is anchored around six key thematic areas: immersive and interactive narrative, information visualization, digital methods, and web platforms, science communication, digital journalism, and the future of education.



Ana Figueiras

Ana Figueiras is a research scientist at iNOVA Media Lab, where she coordinates the research line in Information Visualization and Data Analysis (ViDA). Before joining iNOVA, she received her Ph.D. in Digital Media from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UT Austin Program | Portugal). Her main research area is information visualization with a focus on visual forms of storytelling and on identifying the best techniques for incorporating narrative elements into visualization, as well as finding which elements are most effective. She is also interested in new methodologies for performance and experience evaluation in visualization.


Ágota Végső

Ágota Végső, PhD student in Digital Media at NOVA FCSH Lisboa. Ágota is a Hungarian animated film director, illustrator, and producer. She finished her studies at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, MOME in Budapest. Since 2014 she has worked for The Animation Workshop/VIA University College as a production manager and producer leading a collaboration with TED-ed. She is part of the Sci-Vi initiative in Viborg Denmark. Currently, she is investigating the vital role of animation in science communication as a Ph.D. student at NOVA University Lisbon.