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Course: Scientific Writing for biomedical/translational research

This Scientific Writing course is designed for PhD students in bio-medical (cellular, molecular, translational) research fields. 


Is this course for you?

 -      Are you a GSMS PhD student?

 -      Are you doing research in a biomedical field (e.g. cellular, molecular or translational research)?

 -      Do you have a COMPLETE study which you would like to write a research paper on? OR:

 -      Do you have a COMPLETE research manuscript (written by you as first author), which you would like to improve before submitting?

 -      Are you fluent in English language (grammar, vocabulary)?

 -      Can you make time to follow ALL course days and prepare ALL homework assignments?

-      If the answer to all of these questions is yes, this course is for you.


What will you learn and do during this course?

 -      You will obtain a clear understanding of the process leading to writing a biomedical research manuscript. In overview, the main steps of this process are: 1) Thinking about and planning your research; 2) performing experiments; 3) writing the manuscript; 4) submitting the manuscript; 5) dealing with rebuttals;

-      You will (re)write your research manuscript critically, at the level of word, sentence, paragraph, section and whole manuscript;

-      You will learn and apply style and argumentation skills;

 -       You will learn about the role of your own personality in the writing process. You will become aware of your positive and negative convictions concerning writing; you will learn to address these convictions in order to improve your scientific self-confidence, satisfaction and success;

 -      At the end of the course you will have written a complete research paper based on your study.


What is the duration of the course?  

 -      The course consists of five full days (8 hours/day). To obtain a course certificate and study points, participation in all course days and preparation of all indicated homework is mandatory.


Which tools will be used during the course?

 -      Lectures. These will convey the theoretical knowledge needed to write a scientific paper.

 -      Demonstrations. Examples drawn from your own manuscripts will be discussed and improved during the classes.

 -      Interactive work and exercises. You will work individually or in small groups on your manuscript, putting into practice what you have learned in theory.

 -      Homework. After each course day you will receive a homework assignment, which you will prepare before the following course day. You will collaborate with a study buddy in order to give and receive feedback on your homework.

 -      Handouts will be provided.

 -      It is strongly recommended to bring a laptop or tablet to the course.


 When is this course NOT for you?

 -      You have little experience in scientific writing; your command of English language and grammar needs improvement: please follow the course Publishing in English.

 -      Your research is purely clinical or epidemiological: please follow the course Science Writing for Epidemiological Research (Share).

 -      Your research is in the engineering field: please follow the course Science Writing for Biomedical Engineering (Kolff).


Course days:

 -      Day 1: March 2

 -      Day 2: March 16

 -      Day 3: April 6

 -      Day 4: April 22

 -      Day 5: May 11


Enrollment procedure

After preliminary enrolment online, you will receive an invitation for a brief intake interview with the course coordinator. Final enrolment will take place after the intake interview.



March 2–May 11, 2020



EC (without exam)


Location address

to be announced

Course coordinator

  • Eliane R. Popa, PhD





Deadline for registration

February 10, 2020


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