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Suitable for MSD postgraduate researchers wanting to learn how to construct an abstract in advance of a conference presentation.


This online course for MSD DPhil students and early career researchers contains a mix of pre-work (around 3 hours over two weeks in your own time) and an interactive live session of 2 hours. The pre-work should be done before the interactive session.

Presenting your work at a conference can be a great way to communicate your protocol and results, get feedback on your study and get the prestige of being picked to present a poster or talk. But the first step towards this, constructing an abstract, can be daunting, especially if it will be judged. This workshop will help you construct your conference abstract to give it the best chance of success. The workshop will include a chance to draft an abstract and get feedback on it from an expert.


course content

  • Find out what point in a project you should present at a conference
  • Discover how conference abstracts differ from paper abstracts
  • Gain advice on perfectly pitched conference abstract writing style
  • Compare abstract guidelines from medical conferences
  • Benefit from guidance on the conference peer review process
  • Learn how to construct a title that communicates your study and attracts readers
  • Learn from the experience of writing an abstract and getting feedback on it

course format

Online pre-work and interactive live session.

You will need to be logged in via SSO to access the pre-work and join the interactive session.

What You Will Need

You will need to have prepared notes on the key points from your study so that you can draft an abstract during the pre-work time. If you don't have all the results of your study yet, you can draft an abstract based on the ideal potential results or protocol alone. If you already have an abstract drafted, this will save time; you will have an opportunity to tweak it using what you have learned in the pre-work before submitting it for feedback.

You will need a good internet connection and uninterrupted time for both the pre-work and live sections of the course.


We do not have an automated communications workflow set up for this course. Therefore there will be some delay between booking and receiving booking confirmation and joining instructions. We will do our best to send you the information you need as quickly as possible.

As this course relies on pre-work being completed in advance of this live session, we have switched off the automated waiting list. If the course is full when you try to book, try again a day or so later in case any cancellations have made a place available.

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