Communicating Science

A Practical Guide

  • Pierre Laszlo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Addressing Peers

    1. Pages 1-57
    2. Pages 59-117
  3. The General Public

    1. Pages 119-153
    2. Pages 155-196
  4. Decision Makers

    1. Pages 197-205
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 206-214

About this book


Have you new and interesting, or even outstanding, scientific results that you want to be recognized by your scientific colleagues, or be understood by the public? Or do you want to address decision makers to change their minds? Then, Laszlo’s Communicating Science may be the book to consult.

It has two main parts, corresponding to the type of communication task at hand: addressing peers and the general public, plus a third briefer section on how to inform decision-makers.

Each of the main parts is subdivided into two sections, Guidelines and Genres, with entries arranged in alphabetical order. The guidelines are devoted to entries such as acronyms, active or passive voice, body language, figures and captions, introduction, irony, and taking the floor. Within genres, all possible media of communicating science are treated, e.g. the after-dinner speech, conference presentation, keynote lecture, magazine article, research proposal, and teleconference.

Laszlo, a professional scientist, had a career embracing both academia and industrial consulting. He has extensive experience in authoring and editing papers, books and popular science books and conveys his skills as a communicator in this concise guide. The book is geared to engineers and scientists, educators and journalists, science administrators and the medical profession, editors and publishers, whether native or non-native-speakers - in short to anyone having to convert scientific data into an easily intelligible and interesting narrative.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre Laszlo
    • 1
  1. 1.„Cloud’ Rest“ PradesSenerguesFrance

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