Becoming a scientific writer: Putting the "Why" before the "How"

Aim:The aim of this course is to help publishing scientists develop a more impartial, analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readership, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. Their writing will no longer be driven by the standard formula for ‘How?’ to write a paper, but will be inspired by the question, ‘Why?’.
Provider: Gavin Lucas (link)
For:Mid-career scientists; late predocs and postdocs

In this workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the structure of scientific papers, with a renewed focus on the purpose of each section and the connections between them. They will practice applying this knowledge to the task of constructing a scientific manuscript from scratch. They will gain a global framework to conceptualise the entire publishing process, and the profile of their readership. They will explore some common problems of language construction that make our writing unclear, and why we are prone to these problems; they will practice some intuitive editing tools to address them.

Study commitment:

Before the course the trainer will send some reading material and a simple preparatory task based on a published paper from the participant’s field.


Gavin Lucas is a biomedical scientist with more than 13 years of experience in research and scientific publishing, and 10 years of experience as an author’s editor, consultant and trainer.

"I found the course very dynamic and definitely helpful." Edition 2018.
"Enlightening! I think there’s plenty of take home messages and tools that we can apply in our next research work" Edition 2017.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
Next edition in Autumn 2019

This course is for late predocs and postdocs - please indicate how you meet this criteria in the registration form.

For any questions or comments please email

Finished editions:

2nd April 2019
20th September 2018
15th February 2018
21st September 2017
16th March 2017
19th & 26th October 2016
7th & 14th March 2016
4th & 11th November 2015
26th February and 5th March 2015