Sci-Vi Seminar Lisbon about Visual Storytelling in Science Dissemination | 8th Oct.

On the 8th of October, Friday, at the Campolide Campus of NOVA University of Lisbon the Sci-Vi Seminar welcomes all interested both in-person and online to join the conversation about the emerging question about the importance of visual dissemination in science communication! 

The event explores research and industry updates about visual storytelling in science dissemination. We wish to create a bridge not just between researchers and visual storytellers but between Portugal and Denmark as well! Speakers from iNOVA Media Lab in Lisbon, Portugal, and from the Sci-Vi Initiative in Viborg, Denmark wish to invite you to explore and unfold science dissemination as a field and to discover the best ways to improve science communication through info vis and animation!

The seminar is one day long and is free of charge but registration is necessary to receive the right information about the location and the video link for those who wish to attend online. 

This edition has the support of iNOVA Media Lab, ICNOVA NOVA FCSH, Sci-Vi Initiative, and The Animation Workshop in Denmark. The main speakers are Sia Søndergaard (Head of Sci-Vi initiative), Peter Vistisen (Associate Professor of Design and Visualisation at Aalborg University), Jørgen Jakobsen (Co-Founder and Creative Technologist at CollectiveFlow), Ana Figueiras (Research Scientist at iNOVA Media Lab), Ágota Végső (Digital Media PhD Student at NOVA FCSH and producer at Sci-Vi Initiative) and the introduction to iNOVA Media Lab by Paulo Nuno Vicente (Coordinator of iNOVA Media Lab and Assistant Professor of Digital Media at NOVA FCSH). 

Read more about the Program, Speakers, and the Registration on the website:

More about the Event:

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




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 will be announced in the welcome email before the event.

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.