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Academic Writing in English in the Natural and Life Sciences

Instructor: Anne Wegner
Recommended for: Doctoral candidates in any stage
Language: English
Participation fee: 40 Euro

Date: Thursday, November 22th, 2018 and Friday, November 23th, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration until: November 7th, 2018

Aims
This is a practical workshop focussed on helping researchers on their journey to publication. After
attending this course, participants will feel more confident in structuring their academic texts as well as
being aware of typical mistakes in academic writing and how to fix them.

Overview
This one and a half day workshop is ideal for those Doctoral candidates and Postdocs who already have experience in writing in English but are not native speakers of English. The course addresses the main challenges in writing an academic text for publication and offers tips and techniques to help you write more clearly.
As the second day focuses on participants’ writing they are asked to bring a current writing project to the workshop. In addition, they should bring a copy of a native speaker paper from  the Natural and Life Sciences area.


Day 1:
• The writing process
• General style and structure of academic papers, paragraphs and sentences in  the Natural and Life Sciences
• Punctuation
• Academic vocabulary - words and phrases used to structure papers and improve the written style
• Learning from native speakers
• Abstracts

Day 2
• Classic Mistakes
• Improving Texts - writing and feedback on your own work
• Reflections and next steps

We have a facilitative style and we encourage lots of discussion and input by the participants. Our belief is if people are relaxed and enjoying the workshop they will contribute and learn more.

Anne Wegner

Anne Wegner, M.Sc., is a native English speaker, born and raised in England. With her B.Sc. degree in D.P.S. Ergonomics she worked for companies, organizing projects across Europe. Furthermore she acted in translating and teaching English to Speakers of other languages. Since 2007 she works as an associate lecturer at the University of Bonn. As an English teacher and intercultural trainer, her motto is “it’s not just about what you write, it’s also about how you write it!”