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Writing Lab – From Idea to Text in the Life and Natural Sciences


12. April 2018 14:00 – 12. April 2018 18:00

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

For many young scientists, writing about their research is often the hardest part of their work. Their texts frequently suffer from obscure language, poor structure, and unclear reasoning so that the resulting texts seem unconvincing. However, to be successful and reach their target audience, academics need to be clear and to the point. The methods and instruments of scientific writing to do so can be learned. Applying a few select techniques for structuring and plausible argumentation makes it possible to convey even complex contents clearly and comprehensibly.

This workshop will highlight the first phase of academic writing: from idea to text. It will introduce you to creative techniques for deciding on the wording of the topic you want to write about. You will engage in developing a strategy of how to convey your topic – from structure to argumentation. Different types and styles of texts will be discussed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

You will be able to

  • decide on the wording of a research topic to write about and the appropriate format for your text,
  • develop arguments as to why this topic is interesting to the target audience,
  • structure your argumentation,
  • develop a master plan for your writing process.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, group discussion, exercises


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


April 12, 2018, 2 pm–6 pm

Target Group

Doctoral candidates from the life and natural sciences


Maximum number of 10 participants
Free of charge


At , deadline March 28, 2018
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.


Prof. Dr. Annette Klussmann-Kolb,

Event Organizer

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