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Collaborative Exhibition Call for Data Visualization “Exploring the realistic world economy”


The Working Groups on Economic Development, Complexity, East Asia, Africa, Inequality, Latin America, and Urban and Regional Development invite you to submit your contribution to this collaborative exhibition and data visualisation competition. 

Economics has been criticised for having built barriers between economists and the general public. The failure to explain economic phenomena and complexity by mainstream economics has led to a lopsided view of how the world economy functions. In the era of data abundance, researchers now can understand the countries and the world in a new light, much closer to reality. The exhibition by YSI aims to translate novel research findings by young scholars in a more comprehensible and appealing way to economics students and the general public.

This exhibition is a journey of visualisation that explores the world economy at sectoral, national, regional and global levels. It is then a showcase of how economic research being visualised could tell a million-dollar story. A picture can say a thousand words. The aim of this exhibition is to show audiences the realistic image of the world economy via starking visualisation. It draws on research findings done by young scholars from different countries, different regions around the world. Is it how the World really looks like?

This activity is led by the Economic Development working Group in collaboration with Complexity, Inequality, Urban and Regional Economics, East Asia, Africa and Latin America Working Groups. Exhibitors will have the chance to showcase their works as well as discuss their original research findings throughout the Festival.

Finalists will have the chance to present their research findings and motivation behind the poster in front of a panel of data specialists and professors. The Award for Best Visualisation will end the session, based on marking by a panel of senior scholars.

The exhibition encourages the use of data in all formats and sizes in areas including but not limited to: development, inequality, finance, complexity, political economy, industrial policies, regional economies, country case study, geography…

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Exhibitors must be early career researchers, PhD, Master or Undergraduate students with less than 5 years of post-PhD research experience.

  2. The research used for visualisation must be original work done by the exhibitor, singularly or in collaboration with other senior or young scholars. Note that this visualisation and research can be interim work, which is the base for future development.

Submission Instructions:

In order to apply, exhibitors should:

  1. Submit a 150-word abstract of the research (which the data visualisation is based on)

  2. Submit a PowerPoint file adjusted to size A0 (841 x 1189 mm) with colour print quality (300 DPI). Make sure the materials need to be greater than 1008*792 pixels. In case there is a live version hosted on a website, please put down the link.

  3. All submissions should be received by 21 August 2017.


Selection Process:

  1. Potential exhibitors will be contacted within 2 weeks after the deadline with comments and suggestions from data visualisation specialists.

  2. Final poster designs must then be received by 15 September 2017. Printing of the posters will be done centrally by the Young Scholars Initiative.

All submissions must be original work. Please click here to apply.