Lectures and seminars Workshop: How to write a popular science summary

21-05-2024 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Add to iCal
Campus Solna TBA (Solna campus)

Join this workshop to master the art of crafting a popular science summary. This is an opportunity to enhance your writing skills and take your work to the next level!

Why care about your popular science summary?

Three reasons:

  1. Latest when you write your thesis you will have to write a popular science summary. Even though this might not be the most important to you, it is the first impression and the part that many people that are not in the same field (for example your family and friends) will read to get an idea what you have done. Let them know about your fantastic work!
  2. In all applications for grants a popular science summary is requested. Again, the actual research plan is more important but the popular science summary is the part that many grant reviewers might read first. For example, within the Wallenberg foundation members of the Wallenberg family usually read the popular science summary and pay quite some attention to it. 
  3. To be able to summarize your science in half a page is a skill that comes in handy many times. For example when you write to potential collaborators that are not in your field, when you pitch your project to stakeholders, or when you are writing a short summary before giving a talk for a patient organization. These are just some examples, the list is really endless. 

Conclusion: You won't be able to escape the popular science summary, and in the end of the day it comes in handy in many different situations. Learning how to write a popular science summary, and practicing your skills will be a valuable tool in your toolbox. 

Target group

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

About the speaker

A bit more than a decade ago, Natalie von der Lehr dropped the pipette and grabbed a pen instead. She is now a freelance science journalist and communicator working with a variety of science communication. She writes articles about science politics and popular science, produces podcasts and creates content for social media.  She also coaches scientists who want to work on their communication skills, for example the PhD students and postdocs who contribute the the KI researchers blog.

Natalie completed a PhD in Molecular Genetics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in 2003 and was a postdoc at Karolinska Institutet before going back to school to become a science journalist.


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