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Scientific and Academic Writing

WWB Area | Learning field
Work and management techniques | Writing

Starting point
This course examines how to develop powerful focus in your scientific and academic writing – an infallible guide to developing the best structure and effectively communicating your ideas to your target audience.  We look at how to systematically improve the impact, clarity and accuracy of your chosen words.  You will receive a toolbox of methods including a range of easily-applied ‘quick tips’ that will improve how seriously your ideas are taken.

You will know which process to follow when approaching an important scientific and academic piece of writing: How to start, develop and express your ideas, plus a checklist of conceptual and practical filters to apply to your work to edit and improve your earlier drafts.

The following writing skills will be examined in the context of a variety of types of scientific and academic writing, such as general-specific texts, problem-process-solution texts and data commentary texts:

  • Tips for writing productivity – how to start, improve and polish your work
  • Nailing the problem of structure
  • Achieving powerful writing: flow, impact, clarity and accuracy
  • A checklist of editing techniques
  • Avoiding the most common mistakes

Inspirational input, with ample opportunities to practice. In this course, you have the chance to examine a piece of writing of your own and obtain feedback from your colleagues and individual feedback from the course leader.
Max. number of participants: 12. Course language: English.

This course is of benefit to all PhD students, most particularly to those currently working on a text for publication.

The content and methods of this course are similar to those of Scientific Writing. We therefore recommend to attend only one of the two courses in this semester.

Course information

DateWed, 06.10.2021, 9:00am-12:00am
Thu, 07.10.2021, 9:00am-12:00am
Fri, 08.10.2021, 9:00am-12:00am
Scope9 hours, 11 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorsMark Edwards
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees and assistant lectures and registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin, the course is free of charge. For non-employees, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for certificate Science Communication as well as certificate Research Management.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact Stefanie Giljohann.
In case of any organizational questions please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.
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