Composing Attractive Abstracts (Natural and Life Sciences)

Course Information

Date
Tuesday, September 24, 2019,
9:00 AM till 1:30 PM
Registration Opens
August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
Registration Deadline
August 24, 2019
Course Fees
This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 14 participants).
Trainer
Dr. Claudine Neyen
Dr. Riana Paola
Organized by

Language Center of the University of Basel
info-sprachenzentrum@unibas.ch
Homepage Sprachenzentrum

in collaboration with

Graduate Center
Transferable Skills
grace@unibas.ch
GRACE Homepage

Content

To draw readers to your publications or gain access to conferences, you must compose attractive abstracts that spark interest in your research. This abstract workshop offers guidance on the content, structure and language conventions of conference and research article abstracts. It is aimed primarily at PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows who are learning to write abstracts (English level B2/C1). At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have gained independence in writing ready-to-submit abstracts for conferences or journals. This course takes you trough all project phases, addressing such communication modules as the purpose, to whom you should communicate or what channels to use.

The workshop covers
• Content: how information is organized
• Conciseness: how to meet the word limit
• Cohesion: how to guide readers from opening to conclusion
• Claims: how to sound objective and believable.
In addition to these core points, any issues identified in participants’ own writing may be addressed.

Follow-up:
In the week following the workshop, participants improve their writing based on recommendations from the workshop and peer review from a colleague. They also receive detailed feedback from the tutor on a final version of their abstract.

Target Group

Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

Requirements

To gain entry to the workshop, participants must submit a work-in-progress abstract/summary on at least level B2/C1.
Participants agree to provide written peer review for one fellow participant during and after the workshop.

About the Trainer

Dr. Claudine Neyen holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Oxford, and has worked as a full-time researcher in Life Sciences at the University of Lausanne & EPF Lausanne. She has ten years of experience in speaking, writing and editing scientific English as a lingua franca, and is an avid language learner herself. She offers courses in writing for publication in the Natural Sciences at the Language Center of the University of Basel.

Dr. Riana Paola-Roos holds a D. Litt. et Phil. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has taught English in various educational institutions and companies in Switzerland, England and South Africa. Within the field of linguistics and language teaching, she has published and is particularly interested in Academic English and English for Specific Purposes. She offers courses in writing for publication in the Natural Sciences as well as thesis writing courses at the Language Center of the University of Basel.

Workload

Preparation 120 minutes; workshop 4.5 hours (including a 30-minute-break); peer review 40 minutes; revision 60 minutes.

Feature

This course is in collaboration with the Language Center of the University of Basel. The training is at no tuition cost and reserved for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel. Course policy and registration are according to the regulations of the Language Center of the University of Basel.

Location

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Basel Totentanz 17, 4051 Basel

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