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Storytelling Techniques for Scientific Writing


4 November 2022


Dr Diego Gonzalez


Dr Diego Gonzalez, Ambizione Fellowship, Microbiology Lab, University of Neuchâtel


This workshop aims at helping PhD students develop narrative skills to improve the overall structure and style of their scientific articles. It focuses on what we intuitively name the "story" behind a scientific research and explores different ways to tell it to a readership.

In the course of the workshop, students should develop a better understanding of the narrative dimension of scientific article writing, experience the effect of different narrative angles depending on the intended audience, and structure their work to highlight its significance for the scientific community and beyond.


The students will be given a pre-course writing assignment (count 3 to 6 hours), which includes an abstract and several article paragraphs. The workshop alternates theoretical modules, introducing the main concepts and analytic tools, and practical modules, during which the students will evaluate and improve their own texts with an input from other students and from the moderator.


The course discusses, among others, the following topics:


1. Humans as storytelling animals


2. Definitions of a story and specificities of scientific storytelling


3. Sentence-level storytelling techniques


4. Text-level storytelling techniques


5. Structure and flow


6. Audience and significance


7. Storytelling tricks and tips


Since this course is given within the CUSO Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences, it will focus on examples and constraints specific to the field of microbiology.



Since the practical part of the workshop will be based on the participants' research and results, participants should have at least one article ready for publication or at a fairly advanced stage by the time the workshop takes place.


University of Neuchâtel






Reimbursements for CUSO Microbiologie Students:
- Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.
- NO reimbursement for your meal expenses.


NEW from 2021: Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO.
See HERE for the procedure.
For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the coordinators at microbiologie(at)cuso(dot)ch


Registration will open in September

Deadline for registration : [CLOSED FOR NOW]

To cancel your registration, please write to us at microbiologie(at)cuso(dot)ch



Deadline for registration

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