Articles in the Life Sciences and Natural Sciences

Structure and Clarity

Course Information

  • Thursday, October 31, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    September 28, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 14 participants).
    Dr. Philipp Mayer
    Organized by

    Advanced Studies of the University of Basel
    Advanced Studies

    in collaboration with

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills
    GRACE Homepage


    Articles in the life sciences and natural sciences are characterized by standardized text structures and concise descriptions. In this workshop, we explore structures and quality criteria for research and review articles. Participants define messages for their articles, develop outlines and improve the clarity of their writing.


    • focus: title and message

    • paragraphs as information units

    •structure of research articles

    • structure of review articles

    • clear sentences and clear words


    • Input by trainer

    • Exercises relevant for participants' writing projects

    • Feedback

    • Follow-up coaching for individuals and writing groups (optional, 45 min session, more information on October 31)

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates in the Life Sciences and Natural Sciences

    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 after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00.
    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 until the registration deadline (send an email to
    Please find the detailed regulations on the [Transferable Skills Homepage]( Beratung/Transferable-Skills.html).


    Advanced Studies der Universität Basel Steinengraben 22, 4001 Basel

    Room 011A/011B

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