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Scientific Writing in December

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. Non-native speakers are not only challenged by grammar, vocabulary and punctuation; to get their results published, they also have to satisfy the peer-reviewers’ and readers’ expectations.

Participants will learn what is required in an English language academic text. They will be enabled to move a step forward in producing well-written research and getting it published. After the course, they will be more confident in their ability to write readable scientific English, know how to avoid common mistakes and what support is available and have a more detailed understanding of the writing and publishing process.

This course consists of six, 90-minute interactive, online teaching sessions covering the key asThis 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.
Max. number of participants: 9.

The course is targeted at those who want to improve their English academic writing. It will be 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 and Academic Writing. We therefore recommend to attend only one of the two courses in this semester.

Course information

DateWed, 01.12.2021, 9:00am-3:00pm
Thu, 02.12.2021, 9:00am-3:00pm
Scope12 hours, 16 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.
InstructorLesley-Anne Weiling
Theodore 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 or 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.
Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.











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