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Tuesday, June 28 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
#255B: Lost in Translation: The Importance of Data Presentation

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Limited Capacity seats available

Component Type: Workshop
Level: Basic

Participants will “learn by doing” how poorly conceived and executed tables and graphs can actually prevent understanding of the science. In contrast, when data presentations are well-designed, they can communicate the key messages of even very large and complex data sets. After a short presentation on the fundamentals of good data presentation, participants will be divided into smaller working groups where they will be challenged with complex and difficult to understand examples of figures and datasets and asked to consider what are the key messages and the best method for communicating them. These real-life data examples are guaranteed to open eyes and enlighten. After each exercise, the groups will come back together to discuss, share, and analyze the messages and their presentations, and conclude with a summary of lessons learned.

**Due to session format, seating will be limited to 50 participants and available on a first come, first served basis. Once all seats are occupied, DIA will be required to close the session, and no more participants will be admitted. Interested attendees are encouraged to arrive early in order to ensure seating.

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate how to change uninformative tables and graphs into data presentations that communicate clearly.


Barry Drees, PhD


Barry Drees

Senior Partner, Trilogy Writing & Consulting
Barry Drees holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of California, San Francisco. He joined Hoechst AG Frankfurt in 1989 as a medical writer and is a past president of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) and is a former Editor-in-Chief of EMWA. His current position... Read More →

Tuesday June 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA