Scientific writing clinic

23 October, 6 November and 18 December 2015


  • 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)
    Contact: jregan (at) bluewin.ch


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 jregan (at) bluewin.ch and Marc Matter hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com before the beginning of the course (deadline 5 October 2015), and continue to work on their text while the course is taking place

General information

Dates:  Fridays 23 October, 6 November, and 18 December 2015 (3 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building A , room A017

Credit points: 2.0 ECTS (Communication)

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

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

Travel expenses: 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"  participants until 31 July 2015.
  • 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: closed (course full)

Deadline: 2 October 2014

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .