Report from Oxford and the Science Visualizaton Conference

I’m in Oxford, England this week, attending a science visualization conference.  There are scientists from many academic traditions (chemistry, computational science, cognitive psychology, physics, astronomy, computer science, and biology), gathering to ponder the questions related to how we visualize our science.

The five-day meeting is structured with sessions in the morning and evening, afternoons are free for collaborating and networking.  And every one of the 150 people here is someone with whom you would want to collaborate.

First a word on Oxford.  What a place.  The conference is being held in Magdalene College (pronounced “Maudlin”), first established in 1458.  The buildings of the college, along with most of the buildings in Oxford, are made from Costwold limestone.  DSCN1384The limestone has this unique, rich honey color to it which lends a golden glow to the whole place. And it’s such an interesting contrast to walk, bathed in this golden glow, while looking up at the most grotesque and frightening looking gargoyles adorning the buildings.

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2 responses to “Report from Oxford and the Science Visualizaton Conference

  1. Tod Duncan

    Ah, Magdelene College. Make sure you spend time to punt on the river Ox, and also jump from the bridge! I grew up about 10 miles from there and we had a healthy rivalry between my high school and the Magdalene college (there’s actually a high school there). We played rugby against them and they had the best post-game dinners…of course it had to compensate for fishing the ball out of the river every time it was kicked out of play!! Good times.

  2. rheyden

    Jump from the bridge??! Wooohoo, I think not. Best I’m doing is sipping a pint out on the back porch of the old kitchen bar, near the bridge. We’ll have to compare notes, Tod.

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