Writing Lab – Abstracts


29. Februar 2020 09:00 – 29. Februar 2020 13:00

Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, 1st floor, seminar room 01.0030

The world is changing, and so is the world of academia. There is more information freely available than ever before, and this is why researchers and scientists need abstracts. These shortened overviews of documents enable readers to decide whether the document is relevant to them, whether the quality of research is reputable and whether or not they need to read the complete document. Writing abstracts is not only increasingly in demand, but is also becoming increasingly indispensable.
This course will focus on descriptive abstracts and informative abstracts. We will identify and practice the conventions and norms, as well as useful tricks and techniques in abstract writing. Participants will peer-review a partner's abstract.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different types of abstracts and the norms involved with writing them,
  • understand and evaluate techniques used in abstract writing, and
  • produce, edit and evaluate abstracts.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, discussion of own and other texts, practical exercises, peer-review


You will need to bring a self-written abstract to this workshop so that you can edit and improve your text in the workshop.
Please note that this is not an English language course. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


February 29, 2020, 9 am–1 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates from all disciplines


Maximum number of 10 participants
Free of charge


At , deadline February 14, 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. In this case, please send us a brief notice so that we can make your place available to someone else on the waiting list.

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.


Ruben Bieker


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