Scientific writing clinic

11, 18, 25 June 2019


  • Marc Matter, HEG Fribourg, CTC University Hospital Zurich, and ZUW University Bern
    Contact: hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com
  • Benjamin Hoyt, HEG Fribourg


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.


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 1-3 pages of an article or dissertation, ideally the introduction (but if not possible, another section can be submitted as well) to Sara Santi before the beginning of the course (deadline 5 June), and continue to work on their text while the course is taking place.

Details will be communicated in a "Welcome e-mail" three weeks prior to the beginning of the course.

General information

Dates: Tuesdays 11, 18, 25 June 2019 (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 pre-course assignment and homework, as described above.

Information: For questions on course content, please contact Marc Matter hikermarc70 (at) yahoo.com. For any other question, please contact the doctoral program coordinator Sara Santi.

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 12 May 2019 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

Deadline: 21 May 2019

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .