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Do you struggle with your scientific writing?

Does your writing advance too slowly, as you fight with every sentence, questioning almost every word?

Or maybe you enjoy the act of writing — but the text you produce is too long and disorganized. You don’t know how to structure it and end up rewriting it from scratch.

Maybe you are not a native speaker and writing in English feels uncomfortable.

And no matter how much you revise your text, it never seems to be good enough for your supervisor.

Whatever your writing issues are, it all boils down to this:
You never learned how to approach scientific writing — but now you are expected to do it like a pro.

  • How to express your thoughts clearly so that others can understand?
  • How to write precisely and concisely at the same time?
  • How to develop your half-baked thoughts and structure them for writing?
  • How to organize yourself and use your time efficiently?
  • How to approach a big writing project such as manuscript or thesis?

 

 

Learn to write better texts faster & easier

No doubt: writing skills belong to the core competence of every scientist.

What is the worth of your research if you can’t communicate it effectively to your research community?

But I have good news for you:
Scientific writing doesn’t have to be hard and tedious.

I loved the practical nature of the course and that it focused on tools which can be immediately implemented.

With the right strategy you can build your scientific writing skills easily — even with joy!

My approach is writer-based, proceeding from the inside to the outside:

  1. Stop the suffering by optimizing your writing process.
  2. Increase your writing output by developing productive routines.
  3. Improve your text quality through know-how and practice.

 

This method has already helped 300+ young researchers

The workshop gave the students very clear and useful tools at hand to structure the manuscript and to write in an efficient and concise manner. The students are now progressing much faster with their manuscripts. I am very glad about Martina’s input on that!
Dr. Viola Priesemann, Max Planck Research Group Leader

Write your science like a pro

 
In the 8-week course Scientific Writing PRO you:

    ✅ optimize your writing process & learn to write easily and productively

    ✅ develop your writing skills with a perfect mixture of know-how, exercises, and peer feedback

    ✅ learn to structure research papers for clarity & impact

    ✅ learn to write precise, yet easy-to-read texts

    ✅ achieve your writing goals with the support of an accountability partner from the course.

 

Expect a balanced mixture of learning, practice, support & feedback


 

    ⭐ 4 bi-weekly modules with live lectures & exercises

    ⭐ 8 weekly Q&A sessions

    ⭐ 4 moderated peer-feedback training sessions

    ⭐ lifelong access to an exclusive Facebook group for questions and support

 

Course dates & schedule

  • Registration deadline: Friday, October 23, 2020.
  • The course runs from October 26 to December 18, 2020.
  • Live lectures take place bi-weekly on Tuesdays (Oct 27, Nov 10 & 24, Dec 8) at 9-11AM and 5-7PM CET.
  • Other live events will be scheduled according to participants’ preferences.

Meet your trainer


Dr. Martina Michalikova is a biologist and computational neuroscientist who obtained her doctoral title in 2016 from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

During her PostDoc period she has acquired further qualification as a writing consultant specializing in scientific writing in English as a second language.

Since 2017, she has been working as a freelance trainer in scientific writing & publishing, giving workshops, leading writing groups, and providing individual writing support as a coach & consultant.

 

Module overview

Module 1: Writing process

Here you optimize the different stages of your writing process to write smoothly and without suffering.

  • Start developing your writing skills painlessly
  • Why writing is hard and how to make it easier
  • What type of writer you are and how you can use your strengths to compensate for your weaknesses
  • How to optimally approach the different phases of the writing process: research & prewriting, structuring, drafting, revising
  • How to get into writing fast and combat writer’s block

 

Module 2: Writing productivity & Peer feedback

Here you improve your writing productivity to increase your writing output.

  • Use the power of writing habits & routines to write productively in a long-term, sustainable way
  • Science-based tips & hacks for better writing productivity
  • Reflect about your writing productivity and develop a plan for improvement
  • Implement your plan with the help of an accountability partner from the group
  • Further increase your writing productivity with peer feedback

 

Module 3: Writing research articles

Here you learn to structure research articles for great readability & impact.

  • How to structure each section of a research article: Abstract, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion
  • How to write a compelling title
  • How to create a storyline for your research article
  • Comparing the general conventions with the particular situation in your own field
  • Understanding readers’ expectations and using the reader’s perspective to communicate your research findings effectively
  • The do’s and dont’s of writing research articles

 

Module 4: Paragraph & sentence structure. Scientific language & style

Here you learn to write well-structured, clear & concise scientific texts.
 

  • Paragraph structure: key to easy-to-read texts
  • Sentence structure: how to create a logical flow in your writing
  • Text flow: methods to improve the readability of your texts
  • Scientific language & style: how to write clearly, concisely, and precisely

 
 
 

Bonus module: Scientific publishing

Here you learn the basics of scientific publishing.

  • Criteria & strategies for journal selection
  • Overview of the peer-review process
  • Writing a letter to editor
  • Responding to reviewer comments

 

Frequently asked questions

Q1: For whom is this course?

This course is ideal for PhD students and other early-career researchers from natural & life sciences, other STEM disciplines as well as the quantitative branch of social sciences. To ensure that the course contents are relevant to all participants with their diverse backgrounds, participants are asked to submit two research articles from their field. From these articles, the trainer will pick examples & exercises for the course.

Q2: I would like to ask my unversity/Phd program to cover the course fee. Can you provide a summarizing information to show to the administrators?

Yes, you can find a pdf with course overview here.

Q3: What is the duration of the course?

The course lasts 8 week, starting on Monday, October 26 and running until Friday, December 18. During these 8 weeks, there are bi-weekly live lectures, weekly Q&A session, and 4 moderated peer-feedback training sessions. Participants will also obtain recordings to all live sessions. Even after the live events stop, the participant retain access to all course materials as well as the course facebook group for at least the next 5 years.

Q4: What are the usual schedules of the lectures?

The live lectures are planned for Tuesdays: one lecture at 9AM CET and a second lecture at 5pm CET. The weekly Q&A sessions will take place Thursdays at 5pm CET. Dates & times for the peer feedback training sessions will be set based on participants’ preferences via doodle polls.

Q5: What is the duration of the sessions?

Each lecture and peer feedback session will last approx. 2 hours. The Q&A session will last as long as it is needed to answer all questions (probably around 1-2 hours).

Q6: Will I get a certificate so that this course can be acknowledged for my (PhD) studies?

Yes, every participant gets a certificate outlining the course contents and the total workload of 45 hours (lectures 8x 2h; Q&A sessions 8x 1h; peer feedback training 4x 2h; homework 4x 2-4h).

Q7: Is this course for me if I have problems with the English language?

To maximally benefit from the course, you should be sufficiently fluent in English: you should be able read & understand English papers from your field without the need to use a dictionary.

Q8: Do you offer any discount for participants from developing countries?

Unfortunately, such discounts are not possible at the moment, due to organizational reasons.

Q9: Will there be also a course for writing review papers?

No, such a course is not planned at the moment. There will be a bootcamp for writing research articles starting from January. However, an additional lecture on writing review papers can be included as a bonus in the current course “Scientific Writing PRO” if there is sufficient interest.

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Currently running.
Next group starts in May 2021.
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