112304 Getting to the point: Key messages and abstract writing in science (in Eng.)

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Sommersemester 2023
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The course is designed to support BOKU students who want to present their research at any meeting or scientific conference (such as the ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2023). Students should be encouraged to present the research they did in the framework of their Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or at the beginning of their PhD. There are many good research ideas and results by students that merit much more attention!
The aim of this course is first to develop a clear idea of what you want to present in your research, your key message. We will analyze scientific literature and do group work to support each other in finding a clear and understandable key message. We will then expand this key message and develop it into an abstract that you can submit for a conference (but the abstract is the same if you submit a paper to a journal!). Furthermore, I will provide input on the general structure of an abstract. We will critically reflect on why certain structures or wordings may be helpful or distracting and how to present your research ideas or results in an accessible and convincing way. Such skills are useful not only to present the results of scientific research, but also in professional practice or job applications. The participants will benefit from intensive interactions with other participants and with lecturers, as well from the rapid feedback tailored to their abstract
The summer term course is offered in two parts: Part 1 focuses on finding the key message in your research. In Part 2 we will focuses on writing a convincing abstract. Both parts will take place blocked from end of April until the beginning of June.

Grading will be based on the active participation in the course, as well as on the quality of the feedback you provide to others.
Additional information and material will be available by April, on the BOKUlearn website of the course.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

Knowledge of scientific research methods


Upon completion of the of this course, the students will be able to:
•locate and convey a key message in scientific research;
•write a convincing abstract for diverse audiences, such as students or senior researchers of various disciplinary backgrounds;
•recognize and avoid traditional pitfalls in abstracts ;
•understand the strengths (and potential weaknesses) of their personal writing
Noch mehr Informationen zur Lehrveranstaltung, wie Termine oder Informationen zu Prüfungen, usw. finden Sie auf der Lehrveranstaltungsseite in BOKUonline.