Scientific Writing

2 days TBD

Venue : Neuchâtel

Instructor :

  • Marc Matter, HEG Fribourg, CTC University Hospital Zurich, and ZUW University Bern
  • 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 both a theoretical and a practical approach to writing. Classroom instruction and ample materials about good practice regarding structure and form of scientific texts is coupled with exercises and, on the second day, coaching for participants to help them to correct and re-structure 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, i.e. the textual/rhetorical characteristics 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.


Pre-course assignment


Participants submit 1-2 pages of an article or dissertation before the beginning of the course, ideally (parts of) the introduction, and continue to work on their text during the workshop. They will get some feedback on Day 1 and extensive individualized coaching on Day 2 of the workshop.

The assignement will have to be sent to Mark Matter (hikermarc70@yahoo.com) and to Emilie Genty (ds.biology@unine.ch) before the course (deadline 2 weeks before the course).

General information

Dates: November 2023  (2 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Venue: Unimail (Faculty of Science) Neuchâtel    

Credit points: 1.0

Category: Transferable skills (T)

Evaluation: Active participation during the 2 days including pre-course assignment and homework, as described above.

Information: For questions on course content, please contact Marc Matter (hikermarc70@yahoo.com. For any other question, please contact the doctoral school coordinator.



  • This course is open to all Ph.D students, but priority is given to the Doctoral School members
  • 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: Closed

Deadline: TBD

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .