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Designing Science Presentations

A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More

Designing Science Presentations guides researchers and graduate students of virtually any discipline in the creation of compelling science communication. Most scientists never receive formal training in the creation, delivery, and evaluation of such material, yet it is essential for publishing in high-quality journals, soliciting funding, attracting lab personnel, and advancing a career.

This clear, readable volume fills that gap and provides visually intensive guidance at every step-from the construction of original figures to the presentation and delivery of those figures in papers, slideshows, posters, and websites. It provides pragmatic advice on the preparation and delivery of exceptional scientific presentations; demonstrates hundreds of visually striking presentation techniques, giving readers inspiration for creating their own; and is structured so that readers can easily find answers to particular questions.


Researchers and graduate students in virtually all scientific disciplines, including life science, physical science, and chemistry

Paperback, 384 Pages

Published: January 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-385969-3


  • Part 1: Designing Exceptional Science Presentations
    1. Scientists as Designers
    2. Design Goals for Different Presentation Formats
    3. Twenty-One Characteristics of Exceptional Presenters
    Part 2: Visual Elements in Science Presentations
    4. Color
    5. Typography
    6. Words
    7. Tables
    8. Charts
    9. Diagrams
    10. Photographs
    Part 3: Written Presentations
    11. General Strategies for Scientific Writing
    12. Research Articles
    13. Review Articles
    14. Research Proposals
    Part 4: Slide Presentations
    15. The Use of Slides in Oral Presentations
    16. The Structure of a Slide Presentation
    17. Visual Elements in Slide Presentations
    18. Slide Layout
    19. Animation Techniques and Transitions
    20. Delivering a Slide Presentation
    21. Using Technology to Deliver Like a Professional
    22. Considerations for Different Categories of Slide Presentations
    Part 5: Oral Presentations Without Slides
    23. Presenting Without Slides
    24. Considerations for Different Categories of Oral Presentations
    Part 6: Poster Presentations
    25. The Structure of a Poster Presentation
    26. The Design and Layout of a Poster
    27. Presenting at a Poster Session
    Appendix 1: Recommendations for Further Reading
    Appendix 2: Learning to Use Illustration and Presentation Software
    Appendix 3: Thoughts on How to Create a Presentation from Scratch
    Appendix 4: Thoughts on Using Design Principles to Market Yourself


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