Lay Summaries: Writing Workshop

Workshop description

In 2017, UBC added a lay summary requirement to all theses and dissertations, and more and more academic journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do experts communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences?

This workshop helps researchers understand how lay summaries differ from abstracts, the multiple purposes of lay summaries, and how lay summaries enhance science communication and increase research visibility. Participants will write or revise a lay summary (thesis, dissertation, research article), and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.


Dr. Patty Kelly, Program Manager, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communications

Eury Chang, PhD Candidate and Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communications Project Coordinator