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Scientific Writing in January

WWB Area | Learning field
Work and management techniques | Writing

Starting point
Conducting scientific research and writing about it are two strands of the same job, and while the research can usually be done in your native language, the writing often can’t. English has become the scientific language of the 21st century. As non-native speakers you are not only challenged by grammar, vocabulary and punctuation; to get your results published, you also have to satisfy the peer-reviewers’ and readers’ expectations.

After attending this course, you will be familiar with the requirements of an English language academic text. You will be a step closer to producing well-written research and getting it published. Furthermore, using all the tools and techniques discussed over the two days, you will be more confident in your ability to write readable scientific English, know how to avoid common mistakes and appreciate what support is available. Overall, you will have a better understanding of the writing and publishing process.

This course covers the key aspects needed to write a good academic paper:

  • The principles of good academic writing
  • Cultural differences in how academic papers are written
  • Structure of research articles
  • How to build effective paragraphs and sentences
  •   Writing abstracts and introductions
  • Communicating the value of your research
  • Expressing your attitude
  • Using narrative structures
  • Editing from a reader’s point of view

This highly interactive online course will consist of instructor led sessions, practical exercises (carried out individually, as well as in pairs and groups in break-out rooms) and coaching. At the end of the course, you may submit a max 1000-word text to the facilitator for individual feedback. Max. number of participants: 12.

This course will be of benefit to PhD students, most particularly to those currently working on a text for publication. It is targeted at those who want to improve their English academic writing. But please note: It does not cover basic English grammar in detail.
Please bring a paper (including its abstract), which you have written, or are I the process of writing. If you have not written one yet, you can bring a paper by another author. The paper doesn’t have to be published. We will be analyzing its use of language and structure, to give you a chance to practice giving and receiving feedback according to the principles we cover in the workshop.

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

Course information

DateMon, 31.01.2022, 9:00am-12:30pm
Tue, 01.02.2022, 9:00am-12:30 pm
Wed, 02.02.2022, 9:00am-12:30pm
Thu, 03.02.2022, 9:00am-12:30pm
Scope14 hours, 18 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.
InstructorsTheodore Best
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, 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.

Please bring to this course a draft of an English text about your research.
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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