Sharpen your reasoning skills: logic and critical thinking for scientists

Provider: Malte Engel
For:All PRBB residents

Sound critical thinking ensures both rigour and integrity in applying the scientific method, yet surprisingly few scientists explicitly learn the basic concepts that underpin such thought. In this workshop you will learn concepts of logic and critical thinking that will help you develop stronger arguments, clearer hypotheses and solid evidence to support your scientific publications and discussions.

In addition to learning how to give more convincing arguments, participants will learn to identify inconsistencies in scientific reasoning and to judge more accurately whether their own positions are well justified. The course exercises are designed to apply these skills directly to each participant’s own scientific work as well as to some general ethical situations in science.


Malte Engel studied philosophy, psychology and obtained a PhD in a neuroscience graduate programme. He has several years of teaching experience with courses on critical reasoning.

"Fantastic course, every scientist should take it." Edition 2016
"From now on I will look at arguments from a different perspective. I’m also prepared to give better arguments, or at least I have the tools." Edition 2015.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
Next edition in 2018

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Finished editions:

22nd & 23rd March 2017
8th & 9th February
30th June & 1st July 2015