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How to write a scientific abstract: a short workshop

2nd February 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Writing abstracts is required in almost any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career path, regardless of whether it is industrial or academic. However, this important skill is rarely taught formally during formative years; the know-how is usually acquired by trial and error when a person is asked to provide an abstract for a publication, a competition, or even as a personal summary when applying for a job. Although there are as many kinds of abstracts, there is some consensus on what parts must be included in a scientific one. In this short workshop, we will provide a formal explanation of these, study real examples, and practice writing an abstract. At the end of the workshop, the participants will be familiar with what is considered a good scientific abstract and will have increased confidence when writing and evaluating them.

This online workshop is open to everybody, but it is aimed mainly at university students and young professionals in the early stages of their careers.

About the presenter

Dr. Carmen M. López is a senior scientist with more than 25 years of professional experience, including 12 + years in electrochemistry and Lithium-based batteries. She has initiated research programs in the USA, Spain, and Qatar, and is currently a part of a team of scientists developing standards and best practices for battery metrology in the UK, at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Dr. López has trained post-doctoral, Ph.D., and master’s students in several countries and had taught chemistry at the University level in the United States.