Your Guide to the Best
Data Visualization Conferences in 2023 & 2024
The Data Visualization Conferences 2024-2024 Guide is showing more live and in-person events, but something in the data visualization conference landscape has changed. Covid-19 ripped through travel and conference attendance and we’re still seeing the effects. Some of the most notable conferences featured on past lists have died or have gone quiet for a year. Most notably the Eyeo Festival. Others have merged with other festivals and summits, incorporating other topics into their conference names and agendas. Artificial intelligence has embedded itself alongside data visualization and visual analytics in a few of the conferences I like below. That’s not a bad thing.
I’ve curated data visualization conferences from North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Use this year’s conference guide as a travel planner. So get out, travel, meet new people, and learn more about what makes data visualization such a creative and interesting area to work in.
July 5th to the 7th — Antwerp, Belgium (onsite and virtually)
Always a global traveler on the conference circuit, the Data Science, Statistics and Visualization (DSSV) conference will be in Belgium this year. The DSSV conference this year has merged with the European Conference on Data Analysis. This seems to be a trend, post-pandemic: stand-alone data visualization conferences are forming alliances with other communities in the fields of data. Not much has been released online about the topics to be covered in this year’s European edition of the conferences. But the keynote speakers are impressive!
July 10th to the 14th — London, England (onsite and virtual)
Another multi-day data visualization conference — something that indeed bucks the trend of the post-pandemic landscape — EVA London’s focus is always unique. Looking at visualization technologies in the arts and the sciences, this year’s EVA London promises a few topics that would make me book my topic right away. Held every year since 1990, this conference always ranks in my Top 3. One, because it’s in London in the summer. Two, because I want to know more about the “fringes” of visualization. I’d be looking at the following areas for EVA London this year:
- Data, Scientific and Creative Visualisation
- Digitally Enhanced Reality and Everyware
- 2D and 3D Imaging, Display and Printing
And of course, if you are into post-hype technologies, sit yourself down and listen to the latest ‘spin’ in:
- and the Metaverse
July 25th to the 28th — Tampere, Finland (Onsite and virtual)
What appeals to me about the iV 2023 data visualization conference is its digital art and online gallery that runs alongside the conference itself. Speakers and academics in the fields of information design and data visualization are invited to debut their creations in the conference gallery.
This year’s location is in lovely Tampere, Finland. One look at the agenda and you can’t help but be impressed. Skill up on AI Empowered Visual Computing, Music Visualization, Artificial Intelligence for Medicine, Healthcare and Social Good, and Augmented Reality Visualization.
August 10, 11th — Venice, Italy (onsite and virtual)
The International Conference on Big Data and Data Visualization convenes again in beautiful Venice, Italy this year. One of the more academic (as opposed to artistic) conferences, this mid-August conference has two things going for it: the host city and the topics.
Looking at the selected papers for the conference, I can spot a few topics that I haven’t seen on the data viz conference circuit as of yet. Care for New Findings on the User’s Preferences about Data Visualization of Online Reviews or perhaps Insight-Based Evaluation of a Map-based Dashboard?
September 18th, 19th — London, England (onsite and virtual)
The one conference on this list that covers the topic near and dear to our hearts at the Datalabs Agency — data-driven design — the Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design Conference is a sister conference to some on this list. Put on by the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology, this conference plays to its strength: its niche. So if your brain can handle “A Digital Twin Approach for Sustainable Territories Planning: A Case Study on District Heating” then this might be the conference for you.
October 13th — Hilversum, Netherlands (onsite and virtual)
Moving with the times, the creators of the Infographic Conference have chosen to update the name of their signature conference to the Information Design Conference. Held in the Netherlands (and this is the 15th edition of the conference), this summit always pulls in major speakers from the worlds of information design and data visualization. This year, Superdot and Carlijn Kingma (among others) are scheduled to present.
October 22nd to the 27th — Melbourne, Australia (onsite and virtual)
Being from the IEEE VIS 2023‘s host city of Melbourne, Australia, I’m most excited about this conference. Billed as the “premier forum for advances in visualization and visual analytics”, IEEE VIS 2023 promises to convene pretty much everybody (researchers and practitioners from universities, government, and industry) to talk about design and the use of visualization tools. This year, Apple, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, & Tableau are all sending their best. Look out for the discussions on Visualization for AI Explainability and Visualization in Health Care, in particular. So come visit Australia, see a kangaroo, and get a brain’s worth of knowledge in what could be the best data visualization conference on this 2023 list!
November 14th, 15th — Europe (virtual)
This year’s DATA festival looks to be fully virtual, promising a slate of speakers primarily from Germany and Central Europe. Past speakers came from the who’s who of European business: Siemens, Merck, IKEA, Lufthansa, and Zeiss. As with other data visualization conferences on this list, artificial intelligence as a topic is top of mind in this year’s conference program. Registration for DATA festival is currently free, so no matter where in the world you are reading this, take advantage and secure your ticket for November.
December 18th, 19th — Bangkok, Thailand (Onsite and virtual)
Rounding out this list of the best Data Visualization Conferences in 2023, we travel to southeast Asia for the International Conference on Business Intelligence and Data Visualization. Users of Microsoft Power BI and Tableau can mingle and discover new methods for their dashboard designs. In addition, some of the best minds in Asia discuss new developments in business intelligence machine learning. Calls for papers for this conference appeal to topics such as visualizations for decision support and innovative visual presentations and reporting of results, and aesthetics in visualizations.
February 27th to the 29th — Rome, Italy (in-person & virtual)
The International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications (IVAPP) is for people who are interested in three main areas: information visualization, scientific visualization, & visualization techniques.
This conference is very much an academic conference, as opposed to the art-focused Eyeo Festival and some of the more tech-centric programs found in other conferences on this list. But don’t let that hold you back. There’s something for each curious visualizer. My particular interest lies in the visualization technique areas — in particular, this year’s 15th annual IVAPP lists three awesome topics that piqued my interest.
- Glyph-Based Visualization
- Human-Centered Aspects of Visualization
- Immersive Analytics
So if you’re in southern Europe in February, attend this reliable stalwart on the data viz calendar.
About the Best Data Visualization Conferences of 2023 & 2024
Some annual summits, professional events, and conferences that I eagerly want to attend are yet to finalize their dates for 2024. Several prominent data visualization conferences have also chosen to remain virtual for another year, prioritizing the safety of attendees or perhaps saving on costs.
However, there is also good news, as the roster of conferences in 2023 & 2024 dedicated to exploring and drawing inspiration from data visualization has expanded. The compilation below includes a mix of popular data visualization conferences and those with a more academic focus.
If you don’t see a conference in your vicinity listed, please get in contact, and I’ll make it a priority to update this 2023 & 2024 data visualization conference list throughout the year.