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Continuing Professional Development Programme
Space for Reflective Learning


2021 Edition 2, Trimester 3: ONLINE
Target: All PRBB
4 Sessions*:
  • 06/10/2021 11:00 - 13:30;
  • 08/10/2021 11:00 - 13:30;
  • 13/10/2021 11:00 - 13:30;
  • 15/10/2021 11:00 - 13:30
* You should attend all sessions

SELF skills

Sharpen your reasoning skills: logic and critical thinking for scientists


To learn how to give more convincing arguments in publications or debates and be able to identify flaws in scientific reasoning.






Sound critical thinking ensures both rigour and integrity in science, yet surprisingly few scientists explicitly learn the basic concepts that underpin sound thinking. In this course 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 flaws 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.

The course consists of two sessions. You should be able to attend both days.

Study commitment

This course, along with a few other courses in the Intervals programme, offers participants the added benefit of taking an active part in assessing their progress towards their learning goals in a structured way. To this aim we have incorporated a pre- and post-course assessment into the course (please see the attached course proposal for more information).

Your agreement to complete these exercises is a pre-condition to acceptance on the course. The exercises will take about 30 minutes to complete both before and after the course.

Other relevant information

This edition will be delivered by Kai Hüwelmeyer.

You should bring a laptop or a tablet with internet access since the exercises are hosted on an online platform.

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

Introduction to effective biomedical writing (Intervals - CÍCLIKS)

Behind the scenes – small tutorial group for anyone giving oral research presentations


Comments from participants


Institute of Competence in Argumentation
Institute of Competence in Argumentation

The Institute of Competence in Argumentation is a network of trainers that offer courses on critical reasoning and logic. It was founded in 2012 by Malte Engel and cooperates with universities and research centers all over Europe.

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