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Scientific Writing




CUSO Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences


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.


This workshop is divided in two half-day sessions, one rather theoretical, one more practical. The first session will focus on concepts and methods relevant to scientific storytelling, especially the specificities of scientific "stories" and the importance of the narrative and conceptual angles chosen to communicate a research.

In between the two sessions, the students will be asked to use these tools to write one or more abstracts about their own research topics. The second session will build on the abstracts written by the students and propose ways to improve them. 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 Microbiology, 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.


Université de Neuchâtel or online


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Maximum number of participants: 10 people.



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