Central to the science of biology is the complex choreography of cells and molecules. A key problem with explaining this science to the public is that much of it exists in a microscopic world that is too small to be directly observed, or takes place at speeds beyond our normal perception of time.
Creating visualisations of cellular and molecular biology has become increasingly important for exploring and showing biological mechanisms to the public, students and scientific peers.
Visualisation is able to synthesize diverse structural and dynamic data derived from a variety of research sources, and can thus act as a visual hypothesis for a particular molecular process.
Beyond the bench, visualisations are powerful communication tools that are being used in classrooms and in the mass media to educate and entertain.
About the speaker
Drew Berry is a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. His scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualizations are elucidating cellular and molecular processes for a wide range of audiences. His animations have been shown in exhibitions, multimedia programs and television shows, and have received international recognition including an Emmy (2005) and a BAFTA Award (2004).