8th of May 2020

6th & 7th of May

Canceled until further notice


VK20 invites you into a collective exploration of democracy and the role of knowledge visualization in democracy. Now, more than ever, the visualization of knowledge plays a vital role in the democratic process. Topics we will explore include; open data, visualizations in elections, government reports for decisionmakers, democratic journalism, the accessibility of data and information, and the visualization of global themes and concerns.

The one-day conference VK20 brings visualization experts, researchers, educators, innovators, and enthusiasts together to envision how we can make democracy more visual, and thereby, enabling more people to be informed participants in democracy. We will collaboratively ideate and imagine how data visualization and information design can be utilized to unleash the potential of democracy.


Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidelines from Aalto University, the Finnish institute of health and welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Finland, we are sorry to inform you that Visualizing Knowledge will be canceled and postponed until further notice.

Our aim is still to arrange a Visualizing Knowledge conference in the future, under safer conditions. Over the upcoming weeks, we will explore options for making this happen. Updates about the conference and workshops will be shared here on our website and social media channels as soon as we know more.

Visualizing Knowledge will be canceled and postponed until further notice

If you have any questions, please contact
Take care and stay safe! -VK team


Federica Cocco  (UK)

John Burn-Murdoch  (UK)

Jonas Alsaker Vikan  (NO)

Irene de la Torre Arenas  (ES)


Student! Are you ready to share your work with the world? Have you designed fascinating visuals related to this year’s theme, democracy? As previous years, Visualizing Knowledge features a showcase of student works in information design that tell stories and inspire action, and we are inviting you to enter your work. Detailed information on student showcases can be found here.  Updates to the showcase timeline will be made shortly.

Stay tuned for a new showcase deadline



New call for volunteers to be announced

Do you want to experience Visualizing Knowledge for free? If you are a student who knows Otaniemi by heart, want to learn more about event production, or just love data, design and democracy – join the team as a volunteer. For your work at the event, you will get 1 ECTS, a free t-shirt and tote bag, and gain full access to the conference experience – from the inside. A new opportunity to volunteer will be announced as soon as we know more about a future conference. If you have any questions about volunteering already, please contact vizknowledge@aalto.fi.