Presenting Science Concisely

November 2021
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    4th November 2021
  • ISBN 9781789246995
  • Language English
  • Pages 152 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images illus

Imagine you are a scientist faced with presenting your research clearly and concisely. Where would you go for help? This book provides the answer. It shows how to use story structure to craft clear, credible presentations. In it you will find exercises to help you give both short and long presentations. Elevator pitches, lightning talks, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), and conference presentations are all covered as are suggestions for longer presentations. Separate chapters address good poster design, how to tailor your talk to an audience, and presentation skills.

Throughout the book the focus is on creating surprising, memorable stories. Scientific presentations are true stories about new discoveries. They are surprising because every new discovery changes our understanding of the world. Stories are memorable because they move audiences. This book teaches you to tell moving, memorable stories about your research.

The book also covers:

  • Randy Olson's And-But-Therefore (ABT) narrative form
  • Mike Morrison's Better Poster designs
  • Eye-tracking analyses of posters by EyeQuant
  • Numerous case studies and examples from different scientific fields
  • Exercises for the reader
  • Links to videos of exemplary presentations
With light-hearted illustrations by Jon Wagner, this book will appeal to researchers and graduate students in all areas of science, and other disciplines too.

Keep up-to-date on the author’s presentations and more tips about Presenting Science Concisely here.

1: First Principles: Explaining Science Through Stories
2: A Deeper Look at Narrative Structure
3: Presenting in Three Minutes
4: Elevator Pitches
5: Applications to Longer Forms
6: Poster Presentations
7: Analysis of Real Posters
8: Audience - It is All About the Audience
9: Presentation Skills

Bruce Kirchoff, PhD

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff is a Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He has won the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America, and the Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. He studied scientific communication at the Alan Alda Center, storytelling with North Carolina storyteller Louise Kessel, and is a member of the Soylent Greensboro improv group.  Keep up-to-date on the author’s presentations and more tips about Presenting Science Concisely here.

Scientific presentation; Three-minute presentation; Three-minute thesis; Elevator pitch; Advocacy speech; Poster session; Poster design; Poster 2.0; Scientific storytelling; Alan Alda Centre for Scientific Communication; Made to Stick; Effective communication; Oral presentations; Stage presence; Vocal intonation; Conference presentation; Public engagement; Communication skills; Scientific talks