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Continuing Professional Development Programme
Space for Reflective Learning


2024 Edition 1, Trimester 2: July, IN-PERSON
Target: Mid-career staff; postdocs, 3/4 year predocs or equivalent
2 Sessions*:
  • 03/07/2024 09:30 - 17:30
    Marie Curie room;
  • 04/07/2024 09:30 - 17:30
    Marie Curie room
* You should attend all sessions

SYSTEMS skills

Becoming a scientific writer - putting the why before the how


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. 




Mid-career staff; postdocs, 3/4 year predocs or equivalent


This workshop takes an important qualitative step beyond ‘HOW to do scientific writing’, and provokes publishing scientists to ask ‘WHY do I write it like this?’. This new perspective will inspire publishing scientists to become more effective, more autonomous, and more productive science communicators.

You 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
  • Gain a global framework to conceptualise the entire publishing process, and the profile of their readership
  • Learn how to make the qualitative jump from a passive scientific account to an active scientific argument
  • Explore some common problems of language construction that make our writing unclear, and why we are prone to these problems
  • Practice some intuitive editing tools to address these problems and explore AI tools that can be used to support the writing

Study commitment

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

Entry criteria

This course is for people with some experience doing research, writing and publishing papers - please indicate how you meet this criteria in the registration form.

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to

Related courses

Sharpen your reasoning skills: logic and critical thinking for scientists

How to write a postdoctoral research proposal


Comments from participants

Finished editions
  • 2023 Edition 2, Trimester 3: October, IN-PERSON : 09/10/2023
  • 2023 Edition 1, Trimester 1: February, IN-PERSON : 09/02/2023
  • 2022 Edition 2, Trimester 3: October, In-person : 03/10/2022
  • 2022 Edition 1, Trimester 1: January, ONLINE : 19/01/2022
  • 2021 Edition 2, Trimester 3: ONLINE : 29/09/2021
  • 2021 Edition 1, Trimester 1: ONLINE : 01/03/2021


Gavin Lucas
Gavin Lucas

Gavin Lucas is a biomedical scientist with more than 13 years of experience in research and scientific publishing, and 14 years of experience as an author’s editor, consultant and trainer.