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Abstracts and Lay Summaries: Writing

In this workshop, we consider the stylistic features, audience, and purpose of two high-stakes academic texts—scientific abstracts and lay summaries. This workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.


Abstracts play a vital role in the communication of research. Studies show that abstracts are the most frequently read part of a research article, and that abstracts help researchers determine whether or not to read the entire study. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of the discipline?


Lay Summaries:

Lay summaries offer researchers opportunities to increase the visibility and accessibility of their scientific studies and thus invite public dialogue. As a way to promote science communication, many open access journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do experts communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences, and why?

Facilitator: Dr. Patty Kelly, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Date & Time: September 29, 2020 10am – 1pm PDT

Questions about this event? Please contact the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication: cwsc.info@ubc.ca.

*Registrants will receive the Zoom link 1 day before the event.*
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
  Graduate     Post-Doc  
  Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication     Writing  
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