Key information

Dates: This workshop is connected to the BioCat annual conference, September 5-7 2022. The conference follows September 7-9
Registration deadline: July 8 2022
Location: Thorbjørnrud Hotell, 50 minutes from Gardermoen Airport in Oslo
Workshop leader: Dr Daniel Soule of Professional Writing Academy


Registration for the pre-conference workshop is included in the annual conference registration form.


  • Three days intensive course tailored for chemistry, biochemistry and biocatalysis
  • Work on your own manuscript during the course
  • Limited capacity – 20 seats


BioCat National Graduate School in Biocatalysis invites students to register for a three day workshop on scientific writing, tailor-made for PhD candidates. The workshop will be led by Dr Daniel Soule, who is an experienced academic writing trainer, and aims to provide structure, advice and motivation through writing a paper for publication.

The exercises will focus specifically on writing for biocatalysis journals, and participants are expected to work on their own papers. There will be a balance between plenary sessions, group discussions, individual writing time and one-to-one work with an experienced academic editor. After the workshop, participants can continue to work on their manuscripts and send their draft to Daniel Soule for direct editorial feedback.


  • Planning and editing
  • Understanding the writing process
  • Breaking down the structure of papers to generate writing goals
  • Techniques for being an effective writer
  • Understanding the stylistic demands of chemistry and biochemistry journals

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be well on the way to producing a draft of their research paper. In addition, they will learn more about the writing and publication process.

Required materials

Participants need to bring a manuscript draft or any other material, such as literature searches or data analysis, which they can draw on through the workshop, and a laptop. Participants must also bring a copy of an article from the journal they wish to submit their paper to. A comprehensive workbook and a ‘Guide to Academic Punctuation’ will be handed out during the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

The pre-conference workshop will begin after lunch on Monday, September 5th and will run through the evening. It will continue on Tuesday September 6th and Wednesday September 7th, ending before lunch on Wednesday. After lunch the main conference will begin.


Registration for the pre-conference workshop in September of 2022 can be found on the conference registration page.