PhD Up – Data Visualisation for Knowledge Translation

This course is designed to teach HDR candidates ways to translate and present their work into creative and compelling visualisations.

Come along to this series of two workshops to enhance your research through data visualisation. 

This is a series of two workshops taking place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 December, between 9.30am-1pm on both days. There are strictly limited places available for this workshop. 

You will learn

  • the importance of data visualisation in knowledge translation
  • understanding your audience and how best to communicate to them
  • design rules for PowerPoint Presentations
  • principles of data visualisation
  • 6-step process behind conceptualising and designing a data visualisation or infographic
  • incorporating data storytelling into your designs
  • designing a research summary infographic
  • designing charts in Excel including: small multiples bar chart, slope chart, icon array, heat map and sparklines
  • exploring different chart types and their functions
  • how to use visual attributes to make your designs more elegant, easy to understand and interpret
  • practical activities and a wide range of online references for further information.


Alana Pirrone is a Design and Data Visualisation Consultant. She is also the Design and Communications Coordinator for Child and Community Wellbeing Unit (previously the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program) at The University of Melbourne.  

Utilising the Adobe Creative Cloud suite and Microsoft Office suite, Alana has expertise in designing infographics, data visualisations, technical and plain language reports, conference presentations and other knowledge translation materials. Alana has particular experience in translating public health research outcomes into visual designs, and has been commissioned by the World Health Organisation, independent consulting firms, community health services and non-for-profits. 

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is only available to candidates who have completed Confirmation of Candidature, and who are available to attend both days of the workshop. 


If you have any questions, email


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