Finding funding to produce animations - from grants to crowdfunding.

One thing I have noticed time and again when speaking to scientists about using animation to communicate their research is that although we start off with an excited conversation about how they would visualise their concepts, when it comes to funding it, they suddenly go luke warm.  If that sounds like you and you have some wonderful ideas for animations but don’t know where to source the funding for them, then this article is for you.  Below I will discuss a few avenues open to you to fund your animations and let you get your creative juices flowing to bring your visions to life! YOU can be the stand out talk at the next conference you are presenting at, or the person who has the most engaging visuals, at the next public engagement event. 

Guest Blog from Tiago Duarte (Founder Sciencemotionology) - Mercury betrayed by Venus - Should we compromise accuracy in scientific animations for the sake of beauty?

Guest Blog from Tiago Duarte (Founder Sciencemotionology) - Mercury betrayed by Venus - Should we compromise accuracy in scientific animations for the sake of beauty?

Mercury betrayed by Venus

Should we compromise accuracy in scientific animations for the sake of beauty?

A particular group of people including bioinformaticians, data visualizers, graphic designers, medical illustrators, artists, biologists, and engineers, from both academia and industry gather for an unconventional conference. We are sitting at the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) Auditorium at the heart of the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, in Heidelberg, for the 3rd EMBO Conference on Visualizing Biological Data (VIZBI 2016). We are about to start our discussion on scientific animation and the level of accuracy that they should have, while achieving their main objective – transmitting a clear message to their target audience.

Our discussion starts.