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

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

Highlights

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

Content

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.

Topics

  • 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

Day 1 – Monday September 5

TimeActivity
12.30-13.00Arrive at hotel and check in
13.00-14.00Lunch
14.00-15.30The writing process: targeting, planning, drafting and editing a research paper or chapter
15:30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-17:30Writing time: One-to-one editing available
19:00 Dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday September 6

TimeActivity
8.00-9.00Breakfast
9.00-10.30Writing introductions and conclusions: understanding meta structure and theme
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-13.00Writing time: One-to-one editing available
13.00-14.00Lunch
14.00-15.30Writing better paragraphs and sections: also the key to structural editing
15.30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-17.30Writing time: One-to-one editing available
19.00Dinner

Day 3 – Wednesday September 7

TimeActivity
8.00-9.00Breakfast
9.00-10.30Steelman questions and the didactic planning method
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-12.30Writing time: One-to-one editing available
The workshop ends. Free time as other delegates arrive.
13.30-14.30Lunch
14.30Main conference begins


Registration

Registration for the pre-conference workshop in September of 2022 is now closed.