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


23. April 2020 10:00 – 23. April 2020 14:00
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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 the participants to creative techniques for deciding on the wording of the topic that they want to write about. They will engage in developing a strategy of how to convey their 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


Please note that this is not an English language course. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.
In order to participate you need a device equipped with microphone and camera as well as a stable internet connection.


April 23, 2020, 10 am–2 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates from the life and natural sciences


Maximum number of 10 participants
Free of charge


At , deadline April 8, 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.


Prof. Dr. Annette Kolb,

Event Organizer

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