You have probably imagined your own research project to be presented in the same way as science is presented in National Geographic or Scientific American: photorealistic, 3D images that spark the curiosity and capture interest.
Then you have realized that creating those 3D images is impossible to do yourself since it will take so much time from your "actual" work (doing research) and you know that your supervisor is not that keen to fund an expensive 3D animation that will be obsolete already before it is finished.
That is why I have developed this animation course for you and your group. Because I know that you, your colleagues, department, institution, faculty and university are interested in stunning animations showing exciting new research. But above all, your research project deserves to be animated.
"This course opened my eyes to how illustrations and animations should be used in science"
John Lamb, Stockholm University
"It is totally before-after. My way of presenting/drawing was very poor, using programs like PowerPoint. Now not only I can do the objects in 3D and show them from different angles but also animate them!"
Javier Cruz, Uppsala university
This is a very practical course where you will learn a new set of skills. We will start each 3h session with a short introduction and some theory. Thereafter we jump straight into the hands-on training where you will gradually build up your skills. Finally, in the last part of each session, you will get the chance to test your acquired skills on exercises tailor-made for you.
All training and the keys to "solving" the excercises will also be available on the on-line school that you will get access to. This means that you can watch the tutorials over and over again; it also means that you can actually take the course completely on-line as well.
There will be seven modules and the time and dates are given below. During the course, your main assignment to complete will be to create a 20 second animation of your research project.
Are you ready to start your journey and learn how to animate your science?
The course is intended for PhD students and researchers who would like to learn the craft to create 3D images and animations in an effective and fun way.
Q. What is included in the Course?
A. The course itself and all course material. I always strive to keep the cost down, that is why I have not included coffee, lunch, accommodation etc.
Q. Hmm, you represent a company, could you really examine and give me the credits?
A. Of course not, but if you complete the course I will give you a certificate that clearly states the amount of work you have done in order to earn the credits. So far around 250 students have completed courses I have given and received their credits. If you will run in to problems, please let me know.
Q. Is this some easily earned credits? I mean, I pay a registration fee, then you must be happy and just let me pass?
A. Absolutely not, In order to pass and complete the course you must do the assignment, attend all sessions and complete all on-line modules. It is equivalent to 3 weeks of full time work.
Q. What will happen if I cannot complete the course this semester?
A. No problem, you will get another chance to complete the course next time the course is given, free of charge of course. This happens quite often among my students, don't worry.
Q. How could I pay for the course?
A. I prefer that your supervisor/institution pay the registration fee. You pay by invoice when the course opens.
Q. Why should I attend this course and pay for information that I could find for free on the internet?
A. Since I have designed the course based on the needs of a PhD-student who would like to animate and present their research project. Meaning no time for extra fluff or hours of explanations; only what you need to know in order to make stunning scientific images and animations.
Q. How long time do I have access to the on-line material?
A. You will have access to the material for life (or as long as you would like to).
Q. What is Visualize your Science?
A. Visualize your Science AB is a company based in Espoo Finland (FO: 2754269-4), It was founded by Andreas Dahlin in April 2016. Visualize your Science AB helps scientists to communicate their research more effectively with better images, illustrations, visualizations and animations.
Andreas Dahlin has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Uppsala university from 2005. He thereafter worked as a project leader and researcher in an interdisciplinary project at Uppsala university where his group developed a new microdialysis catheter for clinical use. He has always been interested in presenting science with high quality, pedagogical images.
In 2011, he started a PhD-course at Uppsala university with the name Visualize your Science where he shows tips and tricks on how students could visually communicate their research more effectively to both the general audience and peers. The course quickly became the most popular, non-mandatory graduate course at Uppsala university. So far, more than 70 students have won poster prizes in international conferences.
In the beginning of 2016, Andreas founded Visualize Your Science AB (Visualizeyourscience.com) and decided to dedicate all his time to help researchers become better science communicators using illustrations, visualizations and animations.