The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

Writing Abstracts and Preparing Scientific Posters

Tom Lang Communications and Training International

Abstracts are similar to posters in several ways, so both are considered in this workshop. Participants learn about the purposes and characteristics of five different kinds of abstracts and how to write them. Several techniques for shortening text are discussed. Participants also learn the strengths and weaknesses of posters in scientific communication, as well as how to plan, write, and design them. Additional information is given on how to present a poster at a conference. (This workshop has some overlap with Preparing and Delivering Slide-Illustrated Lectures.)

The workshop is based on Chapters 5 and 12 of How to Write, Publish, and Present. An optional pre-workshop assignment adds 1.5 hours to the workshop. Writing abstracts and poster text requires a good command of English, so some non-native English speakers may find the assignment and some topics of the workshop difficult.