Scientific writing clinic

14 June and 4 July 2017


  • Marc Matter, HEG Fribourg, CTC University Hospital Zurich, and ZUW University Bern
    Contact: hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com
  • Jeannette Regan, ZUW University Bern, CUSO (Conférence Universitaire de la Suisse Occidentale), and HES-SO Santé Lausanne
    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.

General information

Dates: 14 June and 4 July 2017  (2 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, building D, room D303 (3rd floor)

Credit points: 1.0 ECTS (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation during the two days including preparation + writing assignments as described

Information: A welcome email with pertinent information regarding the course will be sent three to four weeks prior to the first course day. For questions regarding your registration, please contact the doctoral program coordinator Christiane Bobillier. For questions concerning the content of the workshop, contact one of the lecturers directly: Jeannette Regan jregan (at) bluewin.ch or Marc Matter hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com

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

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 2-4 pages from an introduction 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 31 May 2017), and continue to work on their text while the course is taking place


  • This course is open to all Ph.D. students, however priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology"  participants until 2 March 2017.
  • 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.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .