CC-Workshop "Writing Abstracts"

Career Center Workshop

  • Date: Feb 24, 2023
  • Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dr. Tomoko Kurihara
  • Tomoko grew up in the US, Japan and the UK. She studied Anthropology at University College London and completed her PhD research in Anthropology and Sociology of Japan at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. After gaining postdoctoral research experience at London School of Economics and Cambridge University, she worked in the automotive industry as an intellectual property manager. Tomoko has published a monograph among other writings. Since 2016, she has been teaching academic writing at the Sprachenzentrum, University of Greifswald, to early-career researchers. She also offers courses in Japanese. As a Japanese to English translator she has contributed to BBC documentaries.
  • Location: online
  • Room: Zoom
  • Host: Career Center
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Is it time to write your abstract for the journal article you’ve just finished or for an upcoming conference?

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Abstracts are mini-texts that condense all your thinking into 150 to 200 words. They can be in either traditional or structured formats. You also need to select a number of not-too-general keywords. In any case, abstracts are important for writers to get right because they are used by editors, conference organisers and readers to accept or reject your work. This workshop will help you understand the structure of typical abstracts in research articles and
conference abstracts. We will analyse the type of information included and the kind of sentences and vocabulary used to convey that information. This knowledge will then be placed in your disciplinary context by studying good examples of the kind of abstracts you would like to produce. As many conventions in research writing are common to all disciplines and at all career levels, my workshop is open to all individuals with the motivation to improve their writing. Simply apply what you learn here to writing in your own discipline.

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