Communicating Research: Paper writing & short presentations

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ONLINE COURSE TAKING PLACE OVER 2 HALF DAYS. THE TIMES ARE IN CET/BERLIN TIME ZONE.

In this workshop, EMBO Press editors work with PhD students or Postdocs on the principles, practicalities and strategies of scientific publication. Topics covered include understanding the structure and content of a manuscript, assembling figures and writing effective titles and abstracts. The participants will also learn to navigate the editorial process at journals. The second part of the workshop is focused on how to effectively present your work in a short oral form in various contexts - e.g. poster presentation, flash talk or elevator pitch.

The course consists of 8 hours contact time with plenty of breaks and small group work to keep participants engaged and comfortable in the virtual format.

The course takes place over two consecutive mornings. On each day we will work from 09.00 to 13.00 CET/Berlin for a total of 8 hours training.

You can book a place on one of our pre-planned courses using the link on the right.

For a course just for your institute, please use the form linked here.

When going to the registration site, please make sure to select the one training course corresponding to your career stage (PhD student or Postdoc). 

 

Course Outline:

DAY 1

Part 1: Writing a paper

  • Introduction to publishing and writing scientific papers
  • Strategic planning before writing the paper (authorship, organizing data, choosing a journal etc.)
  • The structure of a paper: what to include, how to write and structure each section (Introduction, Results, Materials and Methods, Discussion, Data, Figures, Figure Legends, Title and Abstract)
  • Assembling Figures (practical exercise 1)
  • Writing abstracts (practical exercise 2*: the participants work on their own abstracts and get feedback from the group and instructor)

 

DAY 2

Part 2: Presenting your work orally in 2-5 min

  • Poster presentation
  • Flash talk
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Crafting an elevator pitch (practical exercise 3: the participants craft and present an elevator pitch on their own work)

Part 3: The editorial process

  • Overview of the editorial evaluation and peer review process at journals

 

* For practical exercise 2, the participants need to provide an Abstract of their project (ideally for a manuscript, but can also be an abstract submitted to a conference etc.)