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Continuing Professional Development Programme
Space for Reflective Learning


2023 Edition 2, Trimester 3: October, IN-PERSON
Target: Mid-career scientists; predocs in 3rd/4th year and postdocs
  • 09/10/2023 09:30 - 17:30
    Charles Darwin room

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. 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?’.




Mid-career scientists; postdocs and 3/4 year predocs


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
  • Gain a global framework to conceptualise the entire publishing process, and the profile of their readership
  • 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

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 postdocs and 3rd & 4th year predocs - 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


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Gavin Lucas
Gavin Lucas

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.

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