The workshop addresses PhD students in their first years and covers essentially the following four areas:
Scientific writing and language skills
To gain more experience in scientific writing the course aims to build up writing skills running through three interactive levels: common pitfalls in written English and general punctuation will be discussed, second the ABC system (accuracy, brevity, clarity) of academic writing will be introduced, third advanced writing tools will be explained in order to develop a more fluent and activated form of writing looking at sentence clarity, coherence, transitions and emphasis.
This session includes numerous practical exercises. Special attention will be drawn to language skills.
Structure and content of a publication
The overall structure and content of a publication will be highlighted. In an extensive practical session the students are asked to work on and redraft pieces of their own writing, mainly the abstract and the introduction, and thereby apply their newly gained knowledge in scientific writing. Here they are asked to work in groups and critically evaluate other peoples writing, too.