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Scientific Writing

Transferable skill development – we bridge the

Scientific writing in the life sciences and the natural sciences

Scientific writing does not only mean to put facts on paper. Scientific writing means to focus, to organise, to produce, to consider conventions and to present innovative thoughts. In this workshop, we explore stages of the writing process and structural elements of research articles (first day). In addition, we concentrate on clear writing and questions related to self-management and productivity (second day).

Writing review articles

Review articles are well appreciated and highly cited. This workshop covers different types of reviews (e.g. narrative, systematic), provides structural templates, introduces effective writing techniques, and presents tips to get review articles published.

Writing proposals

The preparation of a grant proposal or a dissertation proposal is often a precondition for the conductance of research. As proposals differ considerably in structure and style from other types of academic text, we define characteristics of high-quality proposals. In addition, we explore approaches to refine research ideas and to develop the structure of proposals.

Publishing research articles

As publishing is a prerequisite for a career in science, it is beneficial to approach the topic strategically. This workshop lays foundations for successful publishing strategies. We discuss the peer review system, editor’s expectations, reviewer’s tasks, ethical obligations, copyright issues, and criteria for journal selection.

Literature search for the life sciences and natural sciences

It is easy to find some studies related to a research topic. However, it is demanding to find almost all studies of direct relevance and high quality. This workshop helps you to get the literature you need. We focus on bibliographic databases such as PubMed, Google Scholar, and Web of Knowledge.

EndNote® reference management

EndNote is a powerful reference management software with innumerable options. This introductory workshop shows how to entry data manually, how to import data from bibliographic databases, how to manage paper PDFs and how to insert in-text citations.

Figures and tables for publication

What makes figures and tables clear, correct, and attractive? The participants of this workshop learn how to improve their statistical graphs, diagrams, maps, photographs, and tables. In addition, they become acquainted with useful software tools.

Preparing conference posters

The preparation of conference posters offers the opportunity to use your creativity and to express your personality. This workshop empowers you to prepare posters that attract attention, communicate research results quickly, and demonstrate scientific competence.

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