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Writing Lab – Scientific Writing for the Life and Natural Sciences – Online Course


18. March 2021 10:00 – 19. March 2021 16:30


Writing a scientific text is often a major challenge and hurdle for many young researchers. A lack of structure, complicated language, poor figures, and imprecise reasoning often make the message conveyed by the text difficult to read and understand. However, especially in a scientific context, contents must be conveyed precisely and clearly.
Scientific writing can be learned. With some tools for structuring a text, with a set of adequate wording and formulations, and by building a stringent chain of reasoning, it becomes possible to communicate even complicated facts and complex data in a comprehensible way. And it is even possible to turn your scientific results into interesting and exciting stories!
In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of academic writing and structure your writing process. By using your own work in progress, you will actively engage in applying learned techniques to your own texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will gain an overview of the characteristics of different types of academic texts (trainer input).
  • You will understand academic writing as a process and how to structure this process (trainer input).
  • You will have a clear grasp of why scientific writing is important for you and what your intrinsic and extrinsic motivations are (individual and group exercises).
  • You will know how to decide on a topic to write about and how to structure your argumentation and text accordingly (trainer input, group exercises).
  • You will be familiar with the stylistic elements of scientific texts, e.g., paragraphing, improvement of flow, and logic of argumentation (trainer input, individual and group exercises).

The Workshop will be conducted as a virtual workshop. Group exercises will therefore be conducted in breakout rooms.


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 microphone), possibly a webcam plus a stable Internet connection.

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


March 18, 2021, 10 am–4:30 pm, and
March 19, 2021, 10 am–4:30 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates from the life and natural sciences


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At , deadline March 3, 2021
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.


Prof. Dr. Annette Kolb,

Event Organizer

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