The goal of this workshop is to help publishing scientists develop a more impartial,
analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readers as the focus for their
scientific communication, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. Their writing
will no longer be driven by a standard formula for How? to write a paper, but will be inspired
by the question Why?
Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the structure of scientific papers, with a
renewed focus on the purpose of each section and the connections between them. They
will gain a global framework for conceptualising the entire publishing process, how to
create an expectation in the reader and then deliver on that expectation, and how to make
the qualitative jump from a passive scientific account to an active scientific argument.
Finally, we will explore some common problems of language construction that make
scientists’ writing unclear, and why we are prone to these problems; we will practice some
intuitive editing tools to address them.
• Five stages of Publishing
• Who is my reader?
• Destination and Roadmap
• Building structure and connectivity
• From scientific report to a scientific argument
• Scientific writing in English – words, sentences, and paragraphs
This is a highly interactive online training workshop with extensive elements of partner
work, exercises, group discussion, and including some offline homework tasks. We use
innovative online tools combined with proven didactic techniques to reproduce as much as
possible a real workshop situation. We place a special emphasis on sharing and learning
from participants’ own expertise and experience. To increase impact and applicability, we
work with real-life cases from the participants whenever possible. We may ask participants
to reserve time for individual preparatory work before the workshop, and between each