How to represent the ongoing changes of our planet? How can we develop new modes of writing to help us understand our world? How to articulate centuries of graphic skills and human knowledge with recent practices of data?

Micro Meso Macro is a two-days event that gathers scientists from multiple disciplines (earth sciences, social sciences, life sciences, computer science, data science, etc.) with designers, architects and artists to exchange about their visual practices of data.

As its name suggests, Micro Meso Macro investigates the multiple scales of life. Time, geography, networks, relationships, quantities… : they come in all sizes and shapes. This event provides an account of works and reflections that have used data to visually explore different dimensions of reality.

We believe that our goal in discussing visualisation should not be to seek an unified approach to writing, but to support a diverse set of possibilities, tools and authoring styles. The visual grammar of data still in the making. Important explorations still to be conducted in the domain of representation to invent new mental models, develop new tools, create new ways of observing. We hope this event will provide a space to discuss them.

Program: save the date!

The event will happen on November 14th and 15th, 2019 from 9am to 6pm. The program is currently under construction.


Talks will be hosted in the rooms 116 and 117 on the first floor of the Monod site of ENS de Lyon.


The two day are free, open to all audiences, including students from outside the ENS.

For reference, see the website of the 2018 edition.