EuroVis Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award

The EuroVis Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding dissertations in academic research and development over topics relevant to visualization. The intent of this award is to recognize excellent young researchers in their early career and to highlight visualization research. The award is managed by the Best Ph.D. dissertation committee, constituted by a Chair appointed by the EuroVis Steering Committee.

Award Winners

Irene Baeza Rojo, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
For her outstanding PhD thesis “Feature Extraction and Scalable Exploration for Scientific Data Analysis and Visualization” in which she has made a number of novel contributions that push the frontiers of the state-of-the-art in visualization of flows and volumes. This thesis combines theoretical depth with practical relevance and a thorough evaluation of the underlying implementations to deliver impressive visualization of flows for a variety of application domains.

Davide Ceneda, TU Wien, Austria
For his outstanding PhD thesis “Guidance-Enriched Visual Analytics” where he defines and characterizes “guidance” in Visual Analytics and outlines a general model that facilitates in-depth reasoning about guidance based on a thorough literature review. This thesis work, already highly cited, provides practical guidelines for incorporating guidance into visual analytics tools and lays out a research agenda for the systematic development of guidance techniques for visual analytics.

Daniel Cornel, TU Wien, Austria
For his outstanding PhD thesis “Interactive Visualization of Simulation Data for Geospatial Decision Support” where he has developed a comprehensive platform for analyzing flood simulations that supports the comparison of ensembles of possible futures. This thesis provides an impressive technical solution that is deployed with real-world collaborators, and also introduces novel visualization techniques that can be applied in a variety of other simulation applications


Eligibility includes PhDs from the European visualization community (e.g., through contributions to the EuroVis conference) that defended and get awarded the degree of Doctor from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. There is no limitation on the number of nominations that may be made by a university.


The student’s advisor should email the nomination package to The package must contain:

  1. A nomination letter written by the student’s advisor including the name, email address and phone number of the advisor, the name, email address and CV of the candidate, and a one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation (references to papers should be provided on an extra sheet)
  2. A copy of the dissertation
  3. Optional additional letters of recommendation or assessments on the candidate thesis, such as reviewing or defense reports, can also be attached to the submission.

Deadline for nominations is January 15, 2020.

Additional info is available on the EuroVis Ph.D. Award page at the EG website.