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Scientific Writing Workshops

Designed for groups of about 30 researchers, these workshops are held entirely in English and have a duration of 4.5 hours. Each day is organized as a dialogic lesson, with short cycles of lecture, question-answer, and practical exercises. Participants receive an extract from the yet-unpublished book Effective Biomolecular Reading & Writing, as well as an exercise booklet and reading samples.

Workshop I. Basic Techniques of Scientific Writing
This workshop presents and explores writing techniques used by skilled writers to produce clear and accurate research articles. These easy-to-learn techniques will have an immediate impact on participants' writing, allowing them to produce research articles that are more easily read, better organized and argued, and more adherent to the patterns of academic English. Covered topics reflect real writing challenges for Italian researchers, and fall into three main areas: macro-level writing (sentences, paragraphs, sections), sentence-level issues (verb tenses and voice, verbs and IMRaD, expressing claims, working with nouns, and making comparisons), and micro-level details (terminology, capitalization, and abbreviations). Learning English grammar has never been so directly applicable and so fun!

Workshop II. Reporting Quantities and Statistics
The heart of a research article is the Results section, so presenting numerical data is a critical aspect of documenting one's research. This workshop presents and explores international standards, guidelines, and conventions on the accurate reporting of quantities and statistics. First, we investigate several techniques for writing about quantities, including using SI units, reporting amounts and concentrations in text, understanding accuracy and precision, and working with significant digits. Then, we discuss how to describe statistical methods and present statistical data in text. Participants come away from the workshop with a deeper appreciation of how our writing influences readers' ability to understand our research methods and results.

Workshop III. Citation, Quotation, and Paraphrasing … for Avoiding Plagiarism!
A research paper presents both new data and already existing information—the ideas, words, and findings of other researchers. When we borrow this existing information to use in our research articles, we must attribute the content to the originators. Called attribution, this task is accomplished using the techniques of citation, quotation, and paraphrasing, which all allow us to avoid accusations of plagiarism. This workshop starts by taking an in-depth look at the correct use of citation in research articles. It goes on to examine the rare and puzzling use of quotation marks in scientific writing, from direct quotation to setting off unusual words with "scare" quotes. Then, the workshop presents and practices a method for paraphrasing that allows one to produce original text rather than regurgitate already published words. The professional implications for researchers who inadequately paraphrase or use copy-paste writing are also discussed. Altogether, it is an illuminating day!

Pricing  The base price for each workshop is € 900 + IVA. For locations that require air travel or an overnight stay, additional travel costs will be added.

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