Interactive Web Animation for Laser Plasma Acceleration research

DESY not only operates various accelerator facilities, it is also working on promising concepts for the future: “Laser plasma acceleration should one day make it possible to build machines that are significantly more compact, space-saving and cost-effective than today’s large-scale accelerators,” says Wim Leemans, director of the Accelerator Division at DESY.

We created an interactive website that demonstrates how this innovative technique works: Viewers can watch interactively and in detail how powerful laser pulses are transformed into electron beams that travel at nearly the speed of light and are tremendously useful in research. “The simulation shows the entire process, from the production of the laser pulses, through the acceleration of the electrons to the generation of high-intensity X-rays by the high-speed electrons,” explains Konrad Rappaport, co-founder and art director of the Science Communication Lab. “The events can be viewed in succession, like a film, but you can also use a slider to go to the individual steps and look at these in detail.”

More information on DESY website

Interactive Web Animation for Laser Plasma Acceleration research2022-08-30T09:40:49+00:00

Animation for Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)

New Work for Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI). We are fortunate to work for such innovative research centers as the Single Cell Center in Würzburg, Germany. Starting from infection research, the center will also investigate cancer, neurodegenerative disorders or cardiovascular diseases at the single cell level. The broad method spectrum of RNA sequencing technologies is to be rapidly enhanced in this context.


Animation for Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)2022-05-16T09:44:40+00:00

Workshop on Visual Science Communication

We will be running a workshop on visual science communication at the virtual Women’s Careers and Networks Symposium on 27-28 May 2021.

We have already had some good experience with online workshops in recent months, for example for the Collaborative Research Centre „Metaorganism”. This was about the design aspects of creating a visual abstract for scientific papers. The participating scientists had great fun at the three-day workshop and also presented some amazing results of their own.

At the Women’s Careers and Networks Workshop will also focus on how visual science communication can illustrate complex issues and thus simplify access to science. In this three-day course, we will show theoretically how scientific visualizations are created from concept to work processes, and practically, participants will create their own graphical abstract. 

If you are interested, you can register here until 30 April 2021 for the WoCaNet 2021 virtual symposium and the workshop: 

Workshop on Visual Science Communication2021-03-03T12:07:44+00:00

Scicom Lab at new Ars Electronica Exhibition

Our partner institutions and us take part with 5 projects at once at the new Ars Electronica exhibition „Compass – Navigating the Future“. The completely redesigned permanent exhibition shows a fascinating collection of digital artworks about artificial intelligence, neuro bionik, the global shift and  hands-on labs like a bio lab. The makers of the new exhibition selected our interactive scientific posters for tsunami research for the Cluster of Excellence „The Future Ocean”, the marine microbiology poster for Max Planck Institute, the highly awarded realtime data poster „Dynamic Planet” for Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam – Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, „Digital Meta” microbiome poster for CRC 1182 Origin and Function of Metaorganism and also the Geneexpressions web special for Substanz scientific magazine. The Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria is one of the worlds leading museums for art, technology and society. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary, which is an incredibly long time for a museum with this subject.





Scicom Lab at new Ars Electronica Exhibition2019-09-03T21:53:06+00:00

Nature Astronomy 2019/01 Cover shows Scicom Lab Visualization for DESY

This feels like a knightly accolade: Our visualization of a supermassive blackhole with a Neutrino blazar graces the cover of the January 2019 edition of the Nature Astronomy! They even use it as a twitter icon, very smart.

The illustration was developed exclusively for the multi-messenger research of the German Electron Synchotron DESY. The image has already been selected by NASA as the astronomy image of the day. It is a renewed confirmation for the Science Communication Lab that the high effort for the detailed presentation of highly complex scientific topics is worthwhile and pays off in the long run for the clients science communication. More about the project:





Nature Astronomy 2019/01 Cover shows Scicom Lab Visualization for DESY2019-09-02T17:25:16+00:00

Scientific Poster for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy

Dive into the deep sea with our new Scientific Poster for the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy in Bremen. The interactive poster shows all the habitats of their microbiology research. While wandering on the seabed, one can dive deeper into the individual habitats, study the organisms and learn about the processes. Elaborate 3D animations show the individual habitats and enable an almost photorealistic underwater landscape. Dive into it!

See how we create a hyperthermal vent in 3D animation:





Scientific Poster for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy2019-09-02T08:36:50+00:00

World Heritage Proposal Infographics Design

, the International Council on Monuments an Sites, advices that Haithabu and the Danewerk in Schleswig Holstein should become a Unesco world heritage site! We are very proud to have made a small contribution to it: Konrad did the editorial design for the proposal and developed some sophisticated infographics to make the sites hisory and development visible and more understandable. You can download the full PDF version (98 MB) here.





World Heritage Proposal Infographics Design2018-05-18T11:14:37+00:00

Scientific Poster – Mobile Version

For the very first time, we bring our interactive scientific poster on mobile devices. This is perfect to show your scientific research at conferences abroad or to share and explain your topics to a smaller group of colleagues. For us at Science Communication Lab, this flexibility in different media devices is a milestone in the development of exciting scientific communication formats.

The shown interactive scientific poster is called Digital Meta and was developed for the CRC Metaorganism at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel.
It shows microbiome model organisms and explains how hosts do interact with bacteria. More to come about this fascinating research soon…



Scientific Poster – Mobile Version2019-09-02T08:36:51+00:00

Scicom Lab @Hannover Messe 2018

How does excellent design support scientific research?
Tom Duscher will give a talk about science and design collaboration at Hannover Messe on Thuesday, 26th 2018.
At the Kiel University stand the scientific poster about „Ocean Observation” that we created in collaboration with the Cluster of excellence „Future Ocean” will be shown. It’s great to see that the Minister-President of Schleswig Holstein Daniel Günther was informed about ocean research by the speaker of the cluster Martin Viesbeck using the interactive poster.
There are a lot of interactive touch displays to see at Hannover Messe, but most of them showing website browsers or video collections. So there is a lot of opportunities to create convincing presentations. The Science Communication Lab supports you to transform your topics into vivid interactive applications.
Images copyright © by Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

Scicom Lab @Hannover Messe 20182018-04-27T11:00:41+00:00

10. Forum for Science Communication #fwk17 @wissimdialog

We will exhibit our interactive scientific posters at the 10th Forum for Science Communication in Braunschweig, Germany form 27th – 29th November 2017. The congress were about 500 specialists in science communication and science marketing meet is organized by Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue). Wissenschaft im Dialog is committed to promoting science communication throughout Germany – with a view to all of the groups involved. If you’re joining the conference we would be glad to meet you at our booth!

10. Forum for Science Communication #fwk17 @wissimdialog2019-09-02T08:36:51+00:00

Welcome on bord, Susanne!

Since August 2017 Susanne Landis joined our team. Her position is co-financed by the Innovation Assistance Program of the European Regional Developing Fund and WTSH Schleswig Holstein. Now we are designers and scientists which gives us even more understanding of science communication needs. Susanne has all the insights of academic and scientific processes and is a doctorate evolutionary biologist. But even better: She has experience in teaching and pedagogical concepts as well as illustration skills!


Welcome on bord, Susanne!2019-09-02T08:36:52+00:00

Ocean Observation Poster @re:publica 2017

More than 9000 people visited the re:publica 2017 conference in Berlin from May 8-10 . And this year, the initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research „Seas and Ocean 2016/2017” was a partner of the conference. The consortium of the German Ocean Resarch, KDM invited the Future Ocean cluster of excellence and us to show the poster of ocean observation at their booth. Many thanks for Oskar Oldorf who did a great job in presenting the poster again!

Ocean Observation Poster @re:publica 20172019-09-02T08:36:52+00:00

Upcoming talks and conferences

If you want to learn more about our latest projects or meet us in person there are some occasions in the next weeks:

At 9th November 2016 Konrad and Tom will have a talk at Medientage Nord in Kiel, IHK building, beginning at 6 pm. We’ll have a live demonstration of the new ocean observation poster!
Konrad and Felipe will be at the 9th forum for science communication (Wissenschaft im Dialog) in Bielefeld on 6th December at 5 pm. Here also you can interact with the scientific poster in the poster-session at the conference.
And on 7th December Tom will talk at the 2nd international Marine Science Communication Conference CommOCEAN in Bruges, starting at 10:30 am.

So- if you can make it to one of these events- would be nice to meet you!

Upcoming talks and conferences2019-09-02T08:36:53+00:00

Visualized 2016 conference in New York

We had a great time at the visualized conference in New York at 6th October. In the new building of Parsons New School at 5th Avenue an audience of about 500 people interested in the communication of information and data visualization came together to listen to 16 speakers.  It was a perfect overview about the  current  and pioneering topics and trends in the visualization and communication scene and we are so proud of having been part of it!  It turned out that the subject of science communication found a new meaning for many designers and scientists and we had interesting discussions about our projects.

Visualized 2016 conference in New York2019-09-02T08:36:53+00:00

Evaluation at MS Wissenschaft

The renown Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and their research unit for science communication examinend how presentators benefit by the support of our Interactive Sciencific Poster. At the same time the audiences attendance was evaluated with eyetrackers. That all happend at the exhibition boat MS Wissenscchaft with participation of the marine scienentists Prof. Sebastian Krastel from Christian Albrechts University in Kiel and with Judith Engler, Oskar Oldorf and Prof Christian Berndt from Geomar, Helmholz Centre for ocean research. Thank you very much for your support! Now we are very excited to learn about the insights of this evaluation.

Evaluation at MS Wissenschaft2019-09-02T08:36:54+00:00

Premiere of the New Scientific Poster at MS Wissenschaft!

MS Wissenschaft, the exihibtion boat of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will start its tour in Kiel from 03.05. – 08.05.2016. And on board there will be the new version of the Next Generation Scientific Poster! Together with scientists of th cluster of excellence “Future Ocean” we developed a completley new information structure and designed a interactive globe as a main navigation tool. Now evry content is retrievable in the same manner and mapped on the globe. “It is definitely the next level of design”, Konrad says. Best you try yourself and come to the world premiere to Kiel! And here you’ll find all tour dates of the MS Wissenschaft to get in touch next to your city.

Premiere of the New Scientific Poster at MS Wissenschaft!2019-09-02T08:36:54+00:00

«Genexpressions» honorably mentioned at the media award for medicine, human and technology

Hurray! Christine Löll, author of the interactive scientific story „GenExpressions” for Substanz Magazine was honorably mentioned at the media award for medicine, human and technology in Berlin. SCICOM LAB developed the visual dramaturgy for this thrilling story about gene theraphy and lobbyism. You can read and interact with the whole story here.

«Genexpressions» honorably mentioned at the media award for medicine, human and technology2019-09-02T08:36:55+00:00

Scientific Poster at CeBIT Hannover

The Next Generation Scientific Poster will be shown at the world largest Computer fair CeBIT in Hannover. SCICOM LAB takes part at the joint booth of Schleswig-Holstein. If you are at the CeBIT from 14.3.-18.3.16– why not visit us at Hall 5, D34? A nice chance to get in touch with us and our poster!

Scientific Poster at CeBIT Hannover2019-09-02T08:36:55+00:00

SCICOM-LAB wins German Design Award in Gold

It was a big event with over 1000 guests at Frankfurt Messe. On Feburary 12th we have been awarded with the gold price of the German Design Award 2016 for the excellent interaction design of our Next Generation Scientific Poster. We are so happy and proud about this prize! It motivates us to continue to create outstanding design.

Jurystatement: “Next Generation Scientific Poster is an outstanding research project that makes it possible to interactively convey an extremely complex topic in a self-explanatory and effective way. The information is so intelligently formatted that the user can determine the depth of information using the touch screen. The visually appealing interface was designed based on the gamification principle and is intuitive as well as fun to use for researching various content and topics and getting to the bottom of things. The poster offers flexible usage possibilities and is suitable for expositions, confer- ences or internal presentations of research projects and demonstrates the fact that even scientific topics can be presented attractively.”

SCICOM-LAB wins German Design Award in Gold2019-09-02T08:36:56+00:00
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