Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Multilingual glossary of scientific terms


Simple definitions of more than 250 scientific terms will bring extra clarity to communications from the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) communications, helping lay audiences with an interest in its work to understand what are sometimes complex scientific concepts and conclusions.

The idea of building up a glossary of scientific terms most often used in EFSA’s communication materials was raised at a meeting of EFSA’s Advisory Forum Working Group on Communications, which brings together communication experts from national food safety agencies across the European Union. The new glossary will support national food safety authorities in their communications to consumers about food safety.

The layman definitions have been developed specifically for communication purposes to explain concepts or terms that may be unfamiliar to many, EFSA said.

The glossary is available in English, French, German and Italian in the form of an A-Z list. It will also be gradually integrated in into our news and topics so that every time a term is used for which a layman definition exists, a pop-up opens with the definition.

The EFSA glossary is intended as a living document that will be updated regularly.



Edzard van Santen, PhD
Professor, Agronomy Department
Director, Statistical Consulting Unit
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
PO Box 110500
Gainesville, FL 32611-0500
Phone: 352-392-3067

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