AGU announces innovative program: The AGU Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition

AGU-NASA program offers data visualization competition for U.S. students

18 July 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Geophysical Union (AGU) recently launched the AGU Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition, a contest open to undergraduate and graduate students and focused on innovation and creativity in presenting data in a new way. The competition is funded by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and winners will have the opportunity to present their visual-based story on the NASA Hyperwall. It is the first time NASA has opened its Hyperwall up to student presentations.

Data in Earth and space sciences are critical to scientific discovery and advancing our understanding of how the Earth changes over time. Visual storytelling allows for a deeper level of engagement with the data and subject matter being presented and can be a powerful tool for communicating science, especially to members of the non-scientific public. The 2016 participants will focus their presentations on one of the following themes: 2015/2016 El Niño, innovative use of new and emerging technologies, and extreme events and natural hazards, from cause to effect and beyond.

The program is an innovative, new offering from AGU that strives to engage students in science, foster the development of skills needed to effectively communicate research, and prepare the next generation of United States students for careers in Earth and space sciences.

Two- and 4-year undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. are eligible to enter the contest. In addition to presenting their story on the NASA Hyperwall, competition winners will receive travel grants and complimentary registration to the AGU Fall Meeting.


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