Online-Workshop: Scientific and Academic Writing

Even for those who have attained a high level of written English, there are many small points of grammar and style that can confuse and hamper the non-native writer. We will focus on these and other language questions in a systematic manner, while building on your store of academic vocabulary and expressions. There are regular writing tasks to practice the skills learnt, with feedback following each exercise.


We will examine:

  • Appropriate levels of formality
  • Tips for writing productivity
  • Achieving a good ‘flow’ of ideas and expression
  • Accuracy in definition
  • Describing problems, solutions and outcomes
  • Presenting data and data commentary
  • Understanding the most common mistakes
  • Avoiding Plagiarism: Note-taking techniques

All of these writing skills will be examined in the context of a variety of types of writing: general-specific texts, problem-process-solution texts and data commentary texts. In this course, the option exists for the participants to spend the second half-day of the course in a writing workshop – examining and editing a short piece of their own writing (500-600 words – for example, an abstract or an extract from the introduction, a key passage or conclusion). This will require the participants to be sent a pre-course briefing during the week preceding the course.

In the following video, your trainer Mark Edwards introduces you to the workshop in more detail:
"Scientific and Academic Writing"


Dates and Timetable
April 17, 18, 19, 2023: 9–12 am



status members
University of Potsdam
partner institutions external
PhD 40€ 240€ 290€
Postdoc 60€ 240€ 290€


Further information on the workshop program and our partner institutions

The calculation of the fees for this online workshop is the same as for a two-day in-person workshop.



  • Englisch


  • PhD students, Postdocs


  • Mark Edwards

    Mark Edwards is an English Language & Communications Specialist who worked as a graphic designer and marketing expert in Great Britain for over 22 years. Subsequently, he has worked as the National Training and Development Manager for a network of over three hundred Printing and Graphic Design businesses in the UK, developing and delivering training courses for business owners and their staff on Design Consultancy, Marketing, Management, Sales and Customer Service.
    Since 2010, Mark has been successfully delivering specialised English courses in Germany in association with Kompetenzia International. Clients include well-known national companies and major Universities and Research Institutes.

    More about Mark Edwards



Mo., 17.04.23, 09:00-
Mi., 19.04.23, 12:00




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