Xavier Ho

Xavier Ho

November 15, 2017 @ 3PM

Visible Science


Scientists are constantly challenged to describe what they do, are all too often heard, but not listened to. Difficulties of science communication comes in many forms: context, emergence, motivation, relevance, discovery, and implications. The significant portion of it is storytelling with real-world consequences. This can be done by careful design, direction, and progressive disclosure, with many pitfalls to watch out for. This talk is as much about meaning making as about effective scientific communication. The two share the same principles to be presented here.


Xavier is a curiosity-driven designer, researcher and software engineer. He currently works for CSIRO creating interactive data visualisations. Pursuing a PhD part-time at University of Sydney keeps him busy, and sometimes he wonders about machines and humans and that philosophical lot. Previously, Xavier worked in a Sydney startup doing computer vision work, freelanced as a videographer, and taught a handful of programming classes to university design students. His passion lies somewhere in the spectrum of chocolates, video games, and a better world.