VisGap - The Gap between Visualization Research and Visualization Software

Monday, June 12, 2023 · 2pm to 6pm, CEST · Leipzig, Germany
Held in conjunction with EuroVis 2023.


Registration is open. Early-bird deadline: April 26, 2022.
Organized by Christina Gillmann, Michael Krone, Guido Reina, and Thomas Wischgoll.


Over the years, many visualization methods and tools have been developed and published by the visualization research community. However, most of these are prototypes and never reach a state that can be reliably used by the target audience, e.g., domain scientists. Also, availability of these prototypes as source code or at least as executables is still the exception rather than the norm. The VisGap Symposium aims to shed a light on this gap between research and practical applicability, examine the obstacles every researcher faces, and propose solutions to overcome this problem as a community.

VisGap aims at gathering experts from all over the visualization community in order to advance the way our field works with software, sustains software, and values the effort our members put into developing said software. The scope of VisGap also includes reproducibility and replicability. Both are cornerstones of the scientific method and essential for building trust in visualizations and increasing their acceptance, ultimately fostering adoption in the wild.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Requirements for successful visualization in applications in general
  • Domain-specific requirements for visualizations
  • Reflections on the research community and the visualization software ecosystem
  • Incentives and funding for developing/maintaining visualization research software
  • Legal requirements (e.g., licensing, certification) for visualizations in applications
  • Case studies of (un)successful visualization solutions in applications
  • Requirements for novel visualization libraries
  • Verification and validation in visualization (applications)
  • Reproducibility of visualization


June 12, 2023 · Leipzig, Germany
Times: CEST

Welcome Address
2:00 PM – 2:05 PM
2:05 PM – 2:50 PM
James Ahrens, Affiliation: Los Alamos National Laboratory


We solicit papers with 4-8 pages in the VisGap 2023 latex style (see above for the scope of the workshop), with an additional page allowed for references. All submissions must be original works that have not been published previously in any conference proceedings, magazine, journal, or edited book or must present a substantial extension of previous work (at least 30%). Papers are to be submitted via PCS. Please find the LaTeX template here

All submissions will undergo a single-blind, single-stage peer review process. Accepted papers will be published by the Eurographics Association, and be stored in the Eurographics Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper must register and participate in the VisGap 2023 workshop to present the accepted work.

All papers must be submitted through PCS ( (Society: Eurographics; Conference/Journal: VisGap 2023)


Jan 27, 2023 :  Early submission notification of acceptance
Apr 17, 2023 :  Regular submission notification of acceptance
Jun 12, 2023 :  Workshop


Please feel free to reach out to the organizers via

Keynote Speakers


James Ahrens

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Steering Committee


Christina Gillmann

Image and Signal Processing Group, University of Leipzig


Michael Krone

Big Data Visual Analytics group, University of Tübingen


Guido Reina

Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart


Thomas Wischgoll

Advanced Visual Data Analysis group, Wright State University