Scientific Writing


Valentina Parma



The aim of this course is to help improve one’s scientific writing, oral and poster presentations by introducing rules of style to communicate in a concise, clear and convincing way and rules for effective slide and poster preparation and speech delivery.

The first part of the course will be organized with frontal lectures (day 1 to 3), whereas the second part (day 4 and 5) will require the attendants’ active participation for a poster and oral presentation, which will be evaluated to pass the course. Failing one part of the exam will require a reassessment of the poster/oral presentation.

The course is compulsory for all first-year students. However, it is open to anyone interested in practicing scientific writing and communication.

Course content:

The course is based on similar ones by Peter Kramer, Stuart Anstis and Ed Hubbard and incorporates advice by Philip Bourne.

Rules of slide preparation: 

- Ensure visibility of the material

- Communicate concisely

- Master logical storytelling

- Take the audience by the hand

- Maintain the audience's attention

- Practice and time your talk

- Explicitly state the importance of your work

Rules of speech delivery: 

- Ensure audibility

- The beginning: how to take control

- Entertain

- Conclude to end the talk

- FAQ for tough questions

Rules of poster preparation: 

- Storytelling and clarity

Rules of style: 

- Express yourself in a concise, clear, and convincing way

 (follows The Elements of Style by Strunk and White).

The location and date of the courses can be found in the calendar. If you have any further questions, send an email to