Scientific writing clinic - a joint course with CUSO

17 October, 14 November and 5 December 2014

A course in collaboration with CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution.

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  • Marc Matter, Fribourg University of Applied Sciences (HEG); ZUW, Bern University; CTC, University Hospital of Zurich.
    Contact: hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com
  • Jeannette Regan , ZUW, Bern University; Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO)


The main aim of the course is to enable participants to improve their written scientific English to such an extent that their articles are considered by high-impact journals in their field.

Contents and pre-course assignment

The course takes a practical approach to writing, with all participants receiving individual help in correcting and re-structuring their own writing, which they start before the beginning of the course.

The course consists of three main components:

  • Linguistic components of better writing, including areas like word order, text linkers, tenses, cohesion, scientific style, and text flow.
  • Linguistic characteristics of research texts: the textual characteristics of abstracts as well as of introduction, results, discussion and methods sections.
  • Self-help strategies for scientific writers, such as the effective use of model articles as well as books and online references in checking style, grammar, terminology and usage in specific fields

Pre-course assignment:

Participants submit 3-6 pages of an article or dissertation to Jeannette Regan and Marc Matter [hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com] before the beginning of the course (deadline 30 September 2014), and continue to work on their text while the course is taking place

General information

Dates:  Fridays 17 October, 14 November, and 5 December 2014 (3 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C , room C001

Credit points: 2.0 ECTS (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation during the 3 days including preparation + home work as described

Information: Please contact Jeannette Regan or Marc Matter [hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com] or the doctoral program coordinator Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses:

For participants of the CUSO doctoral program Ecology and Evolution, see CUSO E&E web site .

For participants of the DP-biol doctoral program in Organismal biology, click here


  • This course is open to all Ph.D. students, however priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology" and "CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution" participants until 31 July 2014.
  • Minimum number of participants: 8, maximum: 12. 
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 700.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: course full

Deadline: 2 October 2014

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .