How to Write Abstracts

This course provides individuals, particularly postgraduates, PhD students or early career researchers, with the ability to write effective abstracts for a variety of situations – papers, conferences, presentations.

During the session we will cover:

  • How to structure an abstract
  • How to target an audience
  • How to write effective opening and closing sentences
  • Know what to include and what to leave out
  • The importance of choosing a title and key words

A range of practical exercises will be used throughout the day.

Participants are invited to bring their own abstracts for review or examples can be provided.

By the end of the workshop delegates will:

  • Improve their writing skills
  • Increase their confidence
  • Write effective abstracts for a variety of situations


This is normally  a full day workshop though half day or two linked half day sessions can be arranged.

Workshop facilitated by Prof Shirley Ellis.

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