Scientific writing clinic

19, 26 June and 3 July 2018


  • 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.

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 of an article or dissertation, ideally the introduction (but if not possible, another section can be submitted as well) to Jeannette Regan jregan (at) bluewin.ch and Marc Matter hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com before the beginning of the course (deadline 29 May 5 June), and continue to work on their text while the course is taking place. Details will be communicated in a Welcome Email three weeks prior to the beginning of the course.

General information

Dates:  Tuesdays 19, 26 June and 3 July 2018 (3 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Building A, room A218

Credit points: 2.0 ECTS (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation during the 3 days including preparation and homework as described above

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

Travel expenses: For participants of the DP-biol doctoral program in Organismal biology. Please send original the train tickets (half-fare, 2nd class) with the reimbursement form to Sara Santi. For more information see the travel expenses reimbursement section


  • This course is open to all Ph.D students. However, until 18 May 2018 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology"  participants.
  • 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. The course is full.

Deadline: 29 May 2018

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .