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The Art of Scientific Storytelling (10 October)

Grant writing is very different from writing a scientific paper. Publishing results in a paper is very much oriented on results, but getting money for new research means you also have to tell a gripping story. The aim of the training is to make young researchers (PhD students, postdocs) think about the audience they are writing for when developing a grant proposal and what it takes to convince the reader that their proposal is worth funding. Although the training is not a ‘how to’ course, participants get tips and tricks on how to write a competitive abstract that will enhance their chances of passing the first selection round in grant application procedures.

Target group

  • PhD students in the second half of their project
  • Young postdocs from all faculties pursuing an academic career.

Participants need to bring a printout of a 300 word abstract of a grant proposal.


Tuesday 10 October 2017:
Group 1: 14:00 – 15:30
Group 2: 16:00 – 17:30

The same training is offered twice to accommodate a larger number of participants. Please choose one group when registering.


Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen


René Fransen, PhD

Group size

30 participants


  • Interactive lecture
  • Exercise feedback on your abstract


30 €



In preparation for this workshop, participants are required to write a short abstract (300-400 words) for a research proposal or a 400-500 words popular summary of their recent research and bring this to the workshop.

In addition, if participants send this abstract/summary to (subject line: Abstract) on 3 October at the latest, they will receive individual feedback on their text.

Last modified:15 September 2017 3.47 p.m.