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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: How to jumpstart your conference paper article (Natural and Physical Sciences, incl Health and Engineering) Part Two


About this workshop

Along the path of our academic journey, we often encounter the exciting prospect of attending a conference.  This is soon followed by anxiety and fear of actually preparing a Conference Abstract/Paper from our work.  Well, Fear Not!!  Despite this involving planning, reflecting and a slightly “different” style of writing to that of a dissertation/thesis or proposal, we are here to guide you towards an excellent conference paper.

In this 2-part interactive workshop, we will journey together through the maze of different conferences and their own regulations/policies. Together, we will decipher Conference Instructions for Authors and you will actively start preparing and collating your own manuscript.  We will spend time on the basic writing structure as well as the required referencing and formats.  We will engage in self-critique and in-house “peer-review” sessions.

The main objective will be to leave you with confidence in your own writing ability and increase that excitement of sharing your paper with the greater academic fraternity.

Please do not feel that if you have not attended Part 1 that you should not attend Part 2.  We aim to create each workshop as stand-alone workshops and certain concepts from Part 1 will be repeated and embedded into Part 2.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • “The grouping idea works well in connecting people.”
  • “I knew that one has to prepare, but a special emphasis was put on this aspect which I found very helpful.”
  • “I learnt how to overcome fear of presentations.”


About the presenter

More than 12 years’ experience as a quantitative scientific researcher; supervised and graduated more than 30 postgraduate students; published more than 40 publications; internal and external reviewer of theses; invited presenter at national and international conferences



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

It will be useful to attend this workshop with some idea of your local/national and international conference options.

Level of participation at the workshop

This workshop expects participants to be fully verbally and practically engaged and participatory.  Group and interactive plenary discussions will be embedded throughout the workshop.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

Thursday, October 13, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm
Prof. Lester Davids
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 94 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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