Scientific writing and publishing


This course is tailored for PhD students working in science, who wish to improve their writing skills in English. The course emphasizes the importance of simplicity, clarity, and brevity to communicate science in an effective manner. During the course, participants will develop a critical approach towards the recognition of elements that make written communication weaker or stronger. Participants will improve their self-confidence towards the writing of scientific manuscripts, and the communication of science as a whole. Topics include:

  • The importance of simplicity and clarity. Avoiding redundancy in an era of “reading-noise”;
  • How do we help people to read? A perspective from the brain at work;
  • The importance of writing short phrases. How to organize information within a paragraph. How to connect phrases and paragraphs;
  • Active and passive sentences in scientific manuscripts;
  • 'Hollywood storytelling' for the writing of abstracts;
  • How to structure each section of a manuscript;
  • Edging and negotiating in the publishing business.
Learning objectives   With the skills acquired in this course participants will be able to:
  • Improve their written and oral communication;
  • Become more confident about writing letters, scientific manuscripts, and organize their data in a logical manner to present a “story”;
  • Assimilate the backbone of the different sections of scientific manuscript to avoid procrastination about their writing tasks;
  • Become more critical towards written communication.
Instructor   Dr. Marino Jacopo, LBR, Paul Scherrer Institut   
Target participants   This courses is aimed primarily at doctoral researchers in life-sciences, geography, and social sciences. 
Language   English
Duration   3 days

16 September 2022 9:00 - 17:30
19 September 2022 9:00 - 17:30

22 September 2022 9:00 - 17:30

Location   RAA-E-30
Contact person   Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credit   1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)