Writing Lab – Writing Scientific Publications in the Life and Natural Sciences – Online Course


18. September 2019 09:00 – 19. September 2019 16:00


Writing scientific publications is a struggle for many young scientists as they are rarely given formal instruction on this topic. Since success in the academic field is highly dependent on publication, it is important that all researchers learn scientific writing essentials. With the appropriate toolkit, academic publications become comprehensive and interesting.
This workshop concentrates on the process of writing an academic manuscript: from choosing an audience and creating a story, to articulating complex data and formulating convincing arguments. You will be instructed in the formal and organizational aspects of writing scientific publications and train your competency with exercises.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will have an overview of: abstract, article, and thesis.
  • You will be able to build an interesting story from your data.
  • You will have improved argumentation skills for writing convincingly.
  • You will be familiar with the publishing process.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input and lecture coupled with practical exercises and group work


Participants should bring a 250–300 word abstract on their work and a paper from their field (no reviews please).

To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), possibly a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Please note that this is not a course for learning the English language. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

Please pay attention to our complementary course "Writing Lab – Publication Strategies in the Life and Natural Sciences" (November 5, 2020, 9 am–5 pm) for advanced doctoral candidates and postdocs.


September 18, 2020, 9 am–5 pm, and
September 19, 2020, 9 am–4 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from the life and natural sciences


Maximum number of 12 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At mara.lnw@uni-marburg.de, deadline September 3, 2020
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.

Have you heard about our individual writing consultation? Would you like to improve your English writing skills? Our experienced consultant, Dr. Fabienne Quennet, gives advice to our members on all issues concerning the writing of a dissertation.


Dr. Melanie Lynn Conrad


MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Life and Natural Sciences