Vis-a-thon is a program designed to reimagine visualization as an evolving process of inquiry, indivisible from research itself. The program provides opportunities for participants to collaboratively experiment with new and innovative ways to create and use visual imagery and language.

About Vis-a-thon


The Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology, Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling (RI C-AIM) is a collaboration of engineers, scientists, designers and communicators from eight higher education institutions developing new approaches to assess, predict and respond to the effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems. The RISD Nature Lab serves as EPSCoR|C-AIM Core Research Facility in this cooperative agreement, undertaking research and providing expertise concerning visualization and imaging.

In an effort to promote creative visualization amongst RI C-AIM, Georgia Rhodes and Stewart Copeland developed a program in 2020 through the Nature Lab called Vis-a-thon. As part of our role of a core facility, we aim to encourage experimentation with new formats for scientific communication.

Vis-a-thon's art-based approach challenges scientific visualization’s existing analytic/communicative dialectic, advocating instead for a holistic approach to visualization not as a static outcome, but as a fluid process of discovery.


Module Descriptions

Additional Opportunities

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #OIA-1655221.
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