PhD Courses in Denmark

Sci-Vi – Science visualization and dissemination

Doctoral School of the Humanities at Aalborg University

Registration to Hanne P.Clausen: - deadline October 25

Requirements: As part of the application the ph.d. student attaches a 500 word abstract of the research area and dissemination challenge they are interested in. After acceptance of participation, the ph.d. student extents the abstract to 3 Pages position paper that completes the Ph.D. students' research area and narrows down a particularly valuable area that can or must be disseminated as part of the research project. The starting point is the three archetypal target groups for research dissemination: peer-to-peer, special interest groups and the general public.


The Ph.D course is a collaboration between:

Aalborg University, Communication and Psychology’s Center for Interaktive Digitale Medier & Oplevelsesdesign (InDiMedia),

Research Center Visual Studies and Learning Design (ViLD).

The Animation Workshop, VIA University College - Center for Animation, Visualization and Digital Storytelling/Sci-Vi program


The target group of the course is Ph.D. students in both the humanities, social sciences and technical-natural science fields. As student, you will put your subject-professionalism into play through visual science communication.


Maximum Participants: 12

The Ph.D. student will gain insight into theory, methods, and tools to communicate research visually to different target groups (including the archetypes of peer-to-peer, special interest groups, and the general public)

The student will be introduced to the field of visual research dissemination, via visual storytelling, animation and interactive formats. The course offers a theoretical, methodological and practical introduction to visualizing and communicating one's own field of research, both to peers and target audiences of non-peers.

The course's theoretical and methodological framework is interdisciplinary with perspectives from the visual industry practice, storytelling and didactic communication.

After completing the course, the student will:

- be able to break down own research into different dissemination categories, targeted at different audiences

- know communication methods and pitfalls in the communication between the visual industry and researchers

- be able to organize and be part of the design of visual science communication productions

-  have acquired competencies to take the role as the producer on own research dissemination

- be able to critically reflect on purpose and form, and the connection between these, on the visual research productions

Teaching methods:

Lectures, hands-on workshop, match-making session and bridge-building between Ph.d students and professional visual storytellers, and presentation of production pitches.


  • Peter Vistisen, PhD, Associate Professor of Design & Visualization at Aalborg University, at the Department of Communication & Psychology.
  • Maja Horst, Professor of Responsible Technology at the Technical University of Denmark and Professor of Science Communication at University of Copenhagen.
  • Mie Buhl, Professor of Visual Learning, Department of Communication & Psychology, Leader of Research Center Visual Studies and Learning Design (ViLD).
  • Lars Rønnow Torp, Senior media producer and executive of science and factual productions for television, film and digital platforms and former head of Science at the Danish National Broadcast Corporation (DR Viden).
  • Sia Søndergaard, Project manager and producer at The Animation Workshop / VIA University College at the department of Center for Animation, Visualization and Digital Storytelling. Head of Sci-Vi - Science Visualization and Animation.
  • Uri Kranot, Director, animator. Kranot is behind a number of award-winning animated shorts and VR projects, which he created with his partner, Michelle Kranot. The Kranot couple lead the ANIDOX programme, a development lab and creative platform for animated documentaries at The Animation Workshop in Viborg

Case-speaks by:

  • Ágota Végső, Hungarian animated film director, illustrator, and producer. Since 2014 production manager and producer leading a collaboration between The Animation Workshop and TED-ed.
  • Cosimo Miorelli, Berlin-based illustrator and live-painter. Since 2017 active member of the Sci-Vi Community.
  • Henrik Malmgreen, CEO & Animation Director at Goodjobstudio.
  • Naomi Dayan, Senior Executive Advisor, Science Communication and PhD coordinator at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem).
  • Abigail Laura Jackson, Assistant professor at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem), PhD in Developmental Biology (2008- 2012) Kings College London, UK.



DAY 1:

Theory of visual science dissemination – What is visual science communication/dissemination?

(Peter Vistisen, Maja Horst, Mie Buhl)


DAY 2:

Methods of science dissemination and visual (design) thinking - Which processes characterize visual science dissemination?

(Peter Vistisen, Cosimo Miorelli, Henrik Malmgren, Ágota Végső, Naomi Dayan and Abigail Laura Jackson)

DAY 3:

Part I - Storytelling: How do you communicate science through storytelling?

Outcome: visual storyboard from match-making-session with animators

(Peter Vistisen, Sia Søndergaard, Uri Kranot)

Part II - The researcher as producer:How do you plan and produce visual science communication?

 (Lars Rønnow Torp and Sia Søndergaard)

DAY 4:

Individual preparation of pitch material


DAY 5: Pitch sessions.

Outcome: Storyboard, pipeline and budget for personal visual science dissemination project

Feedback and advice-sessions with Uri Kranot, Lars Rønnow Torp, Peter Vistisen , Mie Buhl and Sia Søndergaard and the fellow course participants


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