CLOSED - Writing Productivity: Tools and Techniques

Course Information

  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    February 7, 2018
    Course Fees
    A defined number of places is reserved for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel at no tuition costs.
    Dr. Philipp Mayer
    Organized by

    Advanced Studies of the University of Basel
    Advanced Studies

    in collaboration with

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    In this workshop, we focus on the writing process. Thus, we do not discuss issues related to text quality but talk about getting started, keeping momentum, and finishing in time. Participants test various techniques, become acquainted with software tools and develop strategies for productive scientific writing.


    • stages in the writing process

    • working techniques and software tools for different requirements

    • writing projects: planning and implementation

    • teamwork with co-authors and supervisors


    • Input by trainer
    • Writing exercises
    • Group discussions
    • Personal follow-up coaching (optional, 45 min session, more information on March 7)

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates


    This course prepares for the follow-up training “Articles in the Life Sciences and Natural Sciences: Structure and Clarity” on March 15, 2018. Please find more information here.

    About the Trainer

    Dr. Philipp Mayer qualified in geoecology and obtained a PhD in the field of biodiversity research. He works as a freelance consultant and holds lectureships from the ETH Zurich and the Universities of Basel and Zurich. Dr. Mayer has held many writing courses and is the author of two books about scientific writing.


    Total 13 h->Preliminary work 2 h, lessons 8 h, follow up work 3 h.


    This course is in collaboration with the Advanced Studies and free of charge for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop less than five working days prior the training leads to a penatly fee of CHF 160.00.
    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled up to five working days before its scheduled date (send an email to Participants failed to attend a course for which they registered, remaining absent form a course without an excuse or cancel less than five working days in advance will be excluded from the transferable skills programme for the following semester.
    Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Advanced Studies der Universität Basel Steinengraben 22, 4051 Basel

    Raum 013A/B

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