The Basics of Scientific Writing



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17-18 January 2022, 9 am - 12:30 pm

20 / 1 CPs

Writing is a skill that needs to be practiced, but writing scientific papers is a process that can be optimized by understanding their main structure and learning how to link the different paragraphs and sections in order to tell a compelling story.

In this course, we will focus on

  • how to structure a paper,
  • what information to include in each section,
  • the importance of linking the different paragraphs and sections for a good reading flow,
  • and how to highlight novel contributions to the field.

The participants will have the opportunity to write their own text during the course and get feedback to improve their writings.

By the end of the course, participants should

  • (a) have a better idea of what structure would be more suitable for their paper, taking into account the type of research and journal aimed;
  • (b) know how to organize their findings in accordance to the above mentioned structure (for the main text and abstract) and
  • (c) be able to communicate their findings in a clearer way, with better use of connectors and literature references.

In addition, the participants will also have the oortunity to put into practice what they learn in two hands-on sessions. After the course they will have the opportunity to share their final work with the lecturers to get revision and some extra feedback.

Finally, we will provide several tools (websites to consult, books to read, tips to get focused, etc.) and give advice based in our own experience.


Dr Andrea Cortegoso Galmán a chemical ecologist working on plant biotic interactions. She obtained her PhD in 2020 in Spain and is now a flexpool postdoc at the MLU in Halle. During her scientific career she has published 14 papers (four of them as first author) in Q1 journals and has experience with the peer review process.

Dr Verónika Ceballos Núñez an ecological modeler focused on plant traits. She performed her PhD research at the MPI for Biogeochemistry and defended her thesis in December 2018. Currently,  she is a flexpool postdoc at iDiv and part of the group Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity at Leipzig University. She has published as a first author in the journals Biogeosciences and Theoretical Ecology and has also been a reviewer.

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