Call for Posters - GD 2020

UPDATED: 1 August 2020

28th International Symposium on

Graph Drawing and Network Visualization

September 16-18, 2020 Vancouver, Canada



Graph Drawing is concerned with the geometric representation of graphs and constitutes the algorithmic core of Network Visualization. Graph Drawing and Network Visualization are motivated by applications where it is crucial to visually analyze and interact with relational datasets. Examples of such application areas include data science, social sciences, web computing, information systems, biology, geography, business intelligence, information security, and software engineering.

GD has been the main annual event in this area for more than 25 years. Its focus is on combinatorial and algorithmic aspects of graph drawing as well as the design of network visualization systems and interfaces. GD 2020 will be online on September 16-18, 2020, hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Researchers and practitioners working on any aspects of graph drawing and network visualization are invited to contribute papers and posters, and to participate in the symposium and the graph drawing contest.



The submission of posters on graph drawing, network visualization, and related areas is solicited. The poster session will provide a forum for the communication of late-breaking research results (which may also appear elsewhere) to the GD community.Due to Covid-19 poster session will be done online. During the conference there will be an online 45-minute poster session where participants of the conference will have access to zoom rooms, one room for each accepted poster with at least one of the authors present in the room to answer questions. Furthermore, each poster will be accessible online to all participants during the entire conference. Authors of posters should prepare an abstract (up to two pages, excluding references, in LNCS style) that must be submitted via easychair. Abstracts of accepted posters will appear in the conference proceedings (two pages+references). The format of the poster is unrestricted this year, the authors just send a URL for their electronic poster. However, there are two requirements: (1) the poster must be accessible online during the entire period September 10-25, (2) a participant should be able to get the main information within at most 5 minutes when browsing/reading the poster. A valid webiste URL for the electronic poster must be written on a separate line at the end of the 2-page abstract. It will not count for the 2-page limit. The URL may point to a blank page until August 19, and the authors are allowed to update it until September 9 (23:59 PDT). The selection of accepted posters will be based on the extended abstracts submitted before August 12 via easychair and on the posters in their versions on August 20-21. The Program Committee (PC) will not publish or share the URL of a poster with anybody outside of the PC before September 5.


Each submission will then consist of a pdf file (the two-page abstract) and a web link and must include names, email addresses and contact information of the contributors. Contributions must be submitted via EasyChair at the web site


Each poster must be presented at the conference by at least an author, otherwise the abstract will not be included in the proceedings.




Best posters award

To recognize the effort of the participants in preparing and presenting their posters in a clear and elegant way, there will be a Best Poster Award voted on by the GD 2020 attendees.



All accepted papers (including the two-page poster abstracts) will appear in the conference proceedings, published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. The LNCS proceedings will be made freely accessible to the GD community upon publication and openly accessible to anyone after four years.

Authors will be required to submit their accepted papers to the arXiv repository, in order to provide immediate and unrestricted open access to them. The self-archived arXiv papers shall consist of the LNCS proceedings version (identical, except for possibly changed references to the appendix resp. the arXiv version) plus an optional clearly marked appendix. Subsequent submissions of revised versions of the paper to the arXiv (known as arXiv ``replacements”) are allowed. Failure to comply with these guidelines will impede the publication of the paper.

Each paper or poster must be presented at the conference by an author (barring unforeseen circumstances), otherwise the paper will not be included in the proceedings. Should any visa restriction prevent an author from attending the conference and presenting a paper, he/she will be given ways to participate and give the talk via electronic means.

Selected papers from both tracks will be invited for submission to a special issue of the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications (JGAA). The authors of two selected papers in Track 2 will be invited to submit a substantially extended version of their work to IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). Furthermore, two regular TVCG papers will be presented by their authors in a TVCG papers session.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline

Paper submission deadline

Notification of paper acceptance

Poster submission deadline

Notification of poster acceptance

Final versions due

Contest submission deadline

Poster final version due

Contest live challenge


June 3 (23:59 PDT)

June 8 (23:59 PDT)

July 20

August 12 (23:59 PDT)

August 21

August 26 (23:59 PDT)

September 8 (23:59 PDT)

September 9

September 15 (09:00 PDT)

September 16-18


Program Committee

Daniel Archambault, Swansea University, UK

David Auber (co-chair), University Bordeaux , FR

Benjamin Bach, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Fabian Beck, University of Duisburg-Essen, DE

Romain Bourqui, University Bordeaux, FR

Steve Chaplick, University of Maastricht, NL

Markus Chimani, Osnabrück University, DE

Sabine Cornelsen, University of Konstanz, DE

Walter Didimo, University of Perugia, IT

Stefan Felsner, TU Berlin, DE

Radoslav Fulek, IST Austria, AT

Fabrizio Frati, Roma Tre University, IT

Seokhee Hong, University of Sydney, AU

Yifan Hu, Yahoo!, US

Katherine Isaacs, University of Arizona, US

Philipp Kindermann, Universität Passau, DE

Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California, Davis, US

Tamara Mchedlidze, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE

Fabrizio Montecchiani, University of Perugia, IT

Tamara Munzner, University of British Columbia, CA

Martin Nöllenburg, TU Vienna University,

Arnaud Sallaberry, University of Montpellier, FR

Alexandru Telea, Utrecht University, NL

Ioannis Tollis, University of Crete, GR

Csaba Tóth, California State University, Northridge, US

Pavel Valtr (co-chair), Charles University, CZ

Alexander Wolff, Universität Würzburg, DE




Invited Speakers

Jeff Erickson, Professor of Computer Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Sheelagh Carpendale, Professor, School of Computing Science Simon Fraser University

Organizing Committee


William EvansComputer Science. University of British Columbia


Contest Committee

Philipp Kindermann, (Chair) Universität Passau, DE

Tamara Mchedlidze, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE




Ignaz Rutter, University of Passau, DE

Wouter Meulemans, Eindhoven University, NL