Our PhD students will be trained in additional skills to rationalize their work-flow and support their scientific progress.
It took me around one year from data analysis to the final visualization of my postdoc results. A year, in which I tried many visualization strategies and simplified them again and again. Helpful at that time were Edward Tufte’s book „The visualization of quantitative data” and my pre-science background in applied art, that taught me effects of color and shape.
While visualizations are used in science since antiquity, their number and complexity now increased significantly. Nevertheless, even today budding scientists do not learn to encode and effectively decode visualizations. This is evident in the numerous examples of difficult-to-read figures and outright misleading charts. In the past years, I taught data visualization to hundreds of scientists.
The Humboldt Graduate School offers several workshops and courses on e.g. scientific writing, improved reading and data handling: https://www.humboldt-graduate-school.de/en/services-en/schluesselkomp2-en