Join us for a free 4 hour workshop on data visualization and
demography. The program includes hands-on data viz
makeovers and keynote reflections from PAA members and
from data viz expert Jon Schwabish of

Wednesday, March 30, 2-6 p.m.

Population Reference Bureau Offices
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 520
Washington DC 20009
Closest metro stop: Dupont Circle

PAA attendees interested in data viz

Hosted by:
Max Planck Institute for Demographic
Research, Minnesota Population Center, and
Population Reference Bureau


Session 1 (40 min)

Audrey Dorélien

Visual Perception and Best Practices for Tables and Graphs

Jon Schwabish

Visualizing and presenting data better

* break (10 min) *

Session 2 (40 min)

Jonas Schöley

Guidelines for using color

Tim Riffe

Visual communication in demography

* refreshments (20 min)*

Session 3 (2 hrs)

Small group critique of participants’ active work
Participants are encouraged to send the organizers a current version of
a figure or table with underlying data. We will make a selection to work
on in small groups. These will be shared with all participants, as well as
the workshop results. Selected participants will be asked to present
their problem very briefly before starting group work. This section is
then organized as follows:

  • Problem introductions (30 min)
  • Work through first set of problems (45 min)
  • Work through second set of problems (45 min)

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

to sign up today!

Speaker Bios

Audrey Dorélien
is an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a faculty member of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with training in demography, health, and public policy. Her course “Data Visualization: Telling Stories with Numbers” illustrates how being able to summarize and create compelling—and honest—data visualization is almost as indispensable as good writing; and visualizing the right information is central to making decisions.

Jon Schwabish
is a Senior Research Associate in The Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways.

Tim Riffe
is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His theoretical work focuses on population renewal and temporal relationships over the life course. His empirical work studies relationships between longevity and health in aging populations. He promotes better and more visual communication in demography.

Jonas Schöley
is a PhD student at the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging. He develops tools and techniques for the visualization of demographic data such as the Human Mortality Explorer or Compositional Lexis Surfaces. He works with biologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, and medical doctors to help improve visual aspects of their work. His research is on ontogenescence—the mortality decline in utero and in young ages.