PhD Workshop

Abstracts: the trick of the trade – a workshop on the art of writing an effective abstract
Christine Räisänen and Martine Buser

Starting point and preparation
This PhD workshop focuses on titles and abstracts, two of the most crucial communicative elements for the dissemination of research. The abstract reflects the coherence and content of the research it presents/represents. It also reflects the authors’ knowledge and skill in communicating research. Most importantly, it enables the reader to make sense of the prospective article. However, abstracts far too often miss the mark! Why is this?

In the workshop we will be analysing published abstracts as well as those of the participants. Therefore, the requisite for the course is that you send us an abstract for a paper you are currently in the process of writing as well as the abstract you submitted to the Nordic Conference. Martine and Christine will give you feedback on these abstracts. At the workshop, we will adopt a ‘learning by doing’ approach to improving your texts. As a preparation, reflect and consider the challenges you have had when writing abstracts and prepare to share with the other participants.

Workshop, program
09.30 Coffee
10.00 Problematising titles and abstracts: what, how and why
The logic, structure and organisation of effective titles and abstracts
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Learning by doing and peer-response
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Follow-up and recap
17.00 End
18.00 Conference reception at Älvrummet, see separate information

Practical
The workshop will take place at Chalmers in conjunction with the 9th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation and concerns PhD candidates within the conference subject area.

Registration via conference registration (if you are also participating in the conference) http://www.chalmers.se/en/sections/conferences/9th-nordic-conference-on or via e-mail to goran.lindahl@chalmers.se (if you are  not attending the conference).

Titles and abstracts should be sent to christine.raisanen@chalmers.se no later than May 29th. Please mark the file: PhD_WS+your name.

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