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


16. October 2024
17. October 2024
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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 in the natural sciences: from choosing an audience and creating a story, to articulating complex data and formulating convincing arguments. Additionally, detailed information will be given regarding the content of each manuscript section as well as the peer review process. You will be instructed in the formal and organizational aspects of academic writing and train your competency with exercises.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will have a detailed overview of the structure of a scientific manuscript.
  • You will be able to build an interesting story from your data.
  • You will have improved argumentation skills for writing convincingly.
  • You will have improved your writing structure and flow.
  • You will be familiarized 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), a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

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


October 16, 2024, 9 am–5 pm, and
October 17, 2024, 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


Please register until October 1, 2024 using the online registration form.


Dr. Melanie Lynn Conrad

Event Organizer

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