Communicating science effectively, whether to other scientists, the media, policy makers or to the general public, is an essential skill for the modern scientist. We must be able to communicate what it is we want to say concisely, accurately, logically, and in a way that will be clearly understood by our target audience, and hopefully is also interesting! These workshops will teach you how to achieve those goals.
We offer half-day, full-day, and two-day writing workshops on a variety of topics and for different audiences (graduate students-junior researchers; teachers…). The workshops focus on how to communicate science effectively to your peers (writing), and on the process of scholarly publishing (the Editor’s perspective).

A sample of the topics covered
• determing the best order for writing the different sections of the paper
• how to write each section of a manuscript
• effective writing – the topic and stress positions+++
• preparing stand-alone figures and figure captions
• preparing figures appropriate for the page format of the target journal
• streamlining the results section
• structuring a compelling introduction
• deciding where to submit your research paper
• how to assess a journal’s impact factor
• how to anticipate the editor’s expectations for submitted manuscripts
• how to respond to comments from reviewers and editors
• how to write a strong cover letter
• how to write a good review of someone else’s manuscript
• publication ethics
• social media
• press releases and interacting with journalists
• for graduate students: writing brilliant papers and theses
• emerging issues in science publishing
• general discussion with question/answer period

The above topics are examples of what could be covered – we will design a workshop to meet your needs.

Workshop host(s)

Professor Howard Browman (Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
alone or with
Professor Jan Pechenik (Tufts University)

The workshop hosts are experts in the fields of scientific writing and publishing.

Professor Browman has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and edited volumes. He also has extensive experience in scientific publishing and journal editing. He has been, for example, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Marine Ecology-Progress Series, Editor-in-Chief for Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Science Editor for Fisheries, Section Editor Marine Ecology) for PLOS ONE, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ICES Journal of Marine Science. He has also written essays about what “quality” means in scholarly publishing (see HERE and HERE).

Professor Pechenik has published more than 100 research papers and is the author of the very successful “A short guide to writing about biology” (8th Edition) and “Biology of the invertebrates” (7th Edition). He has been leading scientific writing workshops for many years.

How to arrange a workshop

Contact Howard Browman to discuss tailoring a workshop to meet your needs.

Partial list of workshops

Harvard University
University of South Carolina
Wellesley College
University of Rhode Island
Flinders University (Australia)
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong University
World Fisheries Conference, Edinburgh
Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Danish Technical University, Copenhagen
Danish Technical University, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Charlottenlund, Denmark
ICES-BONUS workshop
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
“Getting published” skills workshop for early career scientists, ICES Annual Science Conference, Riga

Some testimonials

Dear Howard and Jan, …I would like to thank you both for one of the most useful workshops I have attended since starting my PhD. Kind regards, Alyson Little, Ph.D. Researcher, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, May 2012

Dear Howard & Jan, I wish to thank you both for taking time out to help myself and I am sure the future up and coming scientists in explaining the process of scientific writing at your workshop in Edinburgh. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day learning how to write a little more concisely and in a more direct way. Both these concepts are very little understood when I was first starting my Ph.D and now that I am in my final year this workshop couldn’t have come at a more useful time. The information I obtained during the workshop will (hopefully) allow me to have a better understanding of how to write in a more concise and direct way not only for my thesis but for any future publications I write. Nick Jones and I have commented on more than one occasion (since we returned to Bangor University) on how this type of course would be very beneficial not only to 1st year M. Biology student here at Bangor but also to Masters and Ph.D students. Please keep up the good work. Kind Regards, Andy Marriott, May 2012

Dear Howard & Jan, …I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you both very much for holding the workshop. It was the highlight of the conference for me. Best wishes, Dr Nick Jones, Nuffield Fish Laboratory, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. May 2012

Dear Howard and Jan, Thanks once again for what was a really interesting and motivating workshop! Best wishes, Dr. Helen J. Bloomfield, University of Liverpool. May 2012

Jan and Howard bounce off each other brilliantly, both adding insight where necessary. The informality made it much easier to ask questions. Thank you very much. Anonymous (from workshop feedback forms). May 2012

Everything was covered in clear detail and was easily understood. Keep up the good work. And thanks! Anonymous (from workshop feedback forms). May 2012.

Last updated: November 12, 2017