Explore The Ocean at Ars Electronica 2022

We are delighted that our interactive scientific poster “Explore The Ocean” is now on display in the current exhibition “Global Shift” of the Ars Elecronica Center. It fits perfectly with the 2022 festival theme “Welcome to Planet B” and shows in 19 topics the spectrum of ocean research and the multifaceted threats of climate change.

The poster has received several international awards and was commissioned by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel in cooperation with Hapag Lloyd Cruises.

Explore The Ocean at Ars Electronica 20222022-08-30T09:58:49+00:00

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: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/registration/487893.html 

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

NASA Astronomic Picture of the Day for DESY visualization

Our animation and visualization for the Binary Star and Micro-Quasar SS 433 was selected for NASA’s astronomy picture of the day on 2020 August 31. This is the second time that a visualization of the Science Communication Lab for DESY has been awarded, which makes us very excited and honored. Our aim is not only to create artistic and aesthetic images of scientific research, but also to gain the approval of the involved scientists. What better recognition for this than a selection for the APOD website?


The animation on APODS Youtube-Channel with 68.070 visits to date (14.9.2020)

More on the research and DESY press release


NASA Astronomic Picture of the Day for DESY visualization2020-09-14T15:19:28+00:00

New space visualizations for DESY with exclusive Carsten Nicolai soundtrack

Again, we have developed a cosmic 3D animation for DESY research. This time we travel 7500 light years in the constellation Carina (the ship’s keel) to the two superstars Eta Carinae. The DESY team headed by DESY’s Stefan Ohm, Eva Leser and Matthias Füßling has proven the binary system Eta Carinae to be a new source of very high-energy cosmic gamma rays. Our extensive 3D animation shows how this phenomenon works.

A very special highlight was the collaboration with the sound and media artist Carsten Nicolai. For us as admirers of his work, a dream came true that one of our animations was set to sound by him! With this, DESY will surely reach an even larger audience to communicate its cutting-edge research.



More on the research and DESY press release

Carsten Nicolai Interview

New space visualizations for DESY with exclusive Carsten Nicolai soundtrack2020-07-08T14:03:56+00:00

iF Design Gold Award 2020

It is overwhelming how well the interactive scientific poster “Explore The Ocean” was received by the international juries.  It has now also been honored with the prestigious Gold Award of the iF Design Award. Of the 7,298 submissions, only 75 were awarded Gold by the independent iF expert jury! We are very grateful for this prestigious award and feel confirmed on our path. The jury’s statement sums it up very well:

“This is possible when designers and scientists work together. The project illustrates complex information about the sea in a very intuitive way. Important science is presented visually and comprehensively, with a sophisticated design that goes deep into the details. An absolute highlight!”

iF Design Gold Award 20202020-09-14T15:20:47+00:00

Most Beautiful Award for “Explore The Ocean”!

The interactive scientific poster “Explore the Ocean” has been awarded “Gold” in the category Science and Technology at the Kantar Information is Beautiful Award 2019! This competition is considered the Oscar of Information Design for us and we admire many of the excellent entries.
The jury is also made up of the most important and stylistically most influential designers and data visualizers of our time, so wow! What an honour.
The awesome thing is that our work has also been awarded the highest distinction – “Most Beautiful”! It’s hard to believe and we are very happy. And of course we thank the scientists of GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Marine Science and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for the great cooperation.

We are highly motivated to unite behind science also in the future and to make sure that the importance of scientific research is recognized.


-> Go to the project documentation

The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards celebrates excellence and beauty in data visualization, infographics and information design. The Awards were started in 2012 and are open to creators from across the world – from rising stars, students, and individual practitioners, to established studios, media brands, NGOs and more. Community-driven, with expert judges and members of the public contributing to the decisions over who wins, the Awards gives out over $20,000 annually.

Most Beautiful Award for “Explore The Ocean”!2020-02-24T10:11:24+00:00

New Project: DESY Dark Matter Research

To communicate the start of a unique particle physics experiment in search of dark matter (ALPS II) we produced a teaser animation that allows a first glimpse on this outstanding experiment conducted at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY). A more detailed animation and explaining visuals about the ALPS II experiment are in production and will follow soon.

Dark matter is one of the greatest mysteries of physics. Although it is invisible to us, dark matter must make up 85 % of all matter in the Universe. There are several theories that try to explain the nature of dark matter and what it is made of. One possibility is that dark matter consists of very light-weight particles, the axions. And these are precisely the particles scientists are looking for in the ALPS II experiment at DESY. Our visual approach was to create a unique language for this field of research that is futuristic, innovative and in some parts mysterious.

New Project: DESY Dark Matter Research2019-11-01T10:15:00+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: https://www.scicom-lab.com/portfolio-items/multimessenger/





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

2019 German Design Award in Gold for Scientific Poster “Dynamic Planet”

We are so thrilled that the interactive scientific Poster „Dynamic Planet” was awarded with the 2019 German Design in Gold! The Science Communication Lab has already won this prestigious award for the second time. The German Design Award is one of the world’s most renowned design competitions and has a high reputation among experts. For us, it is a unique confirmation that we not only speak of excellent design for science, but that this is also confirmed by the highest committees.

The jury statement:
„The interactive poster, designed under the name “Dynamic Planet”, visualizes the magnitude of earthquakes around the world in real time for the first time. The elaborately designed dynamic display is both fascinating and impressive. An intense visual experience that won’t let you go so quickly.”

2019 German Design Award in Gold for Scientific Poster “Dynamic Planet”2019-11-26T18:16:48+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

We are not alone! Brand new Microbiome Scientific Poster

Premiere of our latest Interactive Scientific Poster for CRC1182 Metaorganism on 12. April 2018.

“Digital Meta” is an interactive multimedia exhibit that conveys the complex scientific content of the relationship between host and bacteria. On a 65-inch touchscreen, users can explore the interaction of bacterial symbionts with their multicellular host organisms using five model organisms ranging from humans and wheat plants to nematodes. This experience is controlled with intuitive gestural inputs similar to those on a smartphone or tablet.
Users navigate through the freely combinable information levels of the digital poster and can gain individual access to this actually invisible world. “Our goal is to visualize the abstract concept of the meta-organism in such a way that this fascinating field of research can be experienced immediately and interactively by the general public. We hope that our new exhibit will make this important research topic more visible to society,” emphasizes Tom Duscher, co-founder of the Science Communication Lab and professor for interactive media at Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel. Read more and see screenshots at the website of CRC Metaorganism.

We are not alone! Brand new Microbiome Scientific Poster2019-09-02T08:36:51+00:00

Scientific visualization for @ChristianeLoell and Süddeutsche Zeitung @SZ

Yes, we do not only develop interactive posters but also classical scientific visualization for newspapers! Konrad created this stunning illustrations for Christiane Lölls article „Die Wahl der Waffe” (The choice of weapons) in Germanys renowned Süddeutsche Zeitung. It explains how breast cancer is detected (or not) by different tests. We worked with Christiane on that story also in her article at Substanz magazine where we developed an introductive trailer and a scrollytelling website. So you see, we do a lot of different formats-  and interactive posters, too.

Scientific visualization for @ChristianeLoell and Süddeutsche Zeitung @SZ2019-09-02T08:36:51+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
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