Keynote by Dr. Drew Berry and Professor Anders Ynnerman

Capstone Speaker: Dr. Drew Berry, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical ResearchCapstone Speaker: Professor Anders Ynnerman, Linköping University

Dr. Drew Berry, WEHI Australia, and Anders Ynnerman, Linköping University Sweden

Visualizing the Chemistry of Life on giant 360-degree screens

Our keynote presentation will take you on a journey through the creative storytelling and technical challenges of bringing multi-scale visualizations to giant-sized fulldome screens. Our immersive 360-degree film, 'Chemistry of Life', launched in 2023, presents an ultra-high resolution stereo 8K experience that explores the life around us from what we experience every day to the hidden microscopic realms of the molecular. The production takes you on a journey into your inner universe, combining advanced scientific visualizations to bring you into the dynamic, molecular world we all carry within us. We explore the powerhouses of cells, mitochondria, and learn how chemical processes connect us to all other life forms on Earth. Throughout this presentation, we will discuss the technical and artistic challenges we faced, as well as the scientific research that informed our approach. Our hope is that this film will inspire a deeper appreciation for the world around us and encourage us all to continue exploring and learning about the mysteries of our universe.

About the speakers

Dr. Drew Berry is a biologist-animator renowned for his visually stunning and scientifically accurate animations of molecular and cellular processes. Trained as a cell biologist and microscopist Drew brings scientific rigour to each project, ensuring current research data are represented. Since 1995, Drew has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His work has been exhibited at international venues, including the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, and the Royal Institute of Great Britain. In 2011, he collaborated with the musician Björk for her album Biophilia. His many awards include an Emmy, a BAFTA, and the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. See his animations on

Professor Anders Ynnerman holds the chair in scientific visualization at Linköping University and is the director of the Norrköping Visualization Center C. His research interest lies in the area of visualization of large scale and complex data with applications in a wide range of areas including medical visualization, space and astronomical research as well as visualization in science communication. Ynnerman is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 2007 Ynnerman was awarded the Akzo Nobel Science award and in 2010 he received the Swedish Knowledge Award for dissemination of scientific knowledge to the public. In 2017 he was honored with the King’s medal for his contributions to science and in 2018 he received the IEEE VGTC technical achievement award.

Visualization of a protein on a cell boundary

Visualization of molecules

A theater filled with people watching the Chemistry of Life movie

A person viewing the Chemistry of Life movie