Due to international regulatory requirements, scientists and engineers in the biosciences need to prepare technical reports describing their experimental methods and results. However, scientists and engineers often lack the necessary writing skills, resulting in lost time and technical reports that are difficult to use and understand.
This 1-day training course is designed to help scientists and engineers prepare user-friendly technical reports in English. The course includes a series of short lectures, combined with extensive exercises and discussions. Participants will learn to develop a coherent concept for a technical report; write clear sentences in English adapted to the background, methods, results, and conclusion of a technical report; write a clear and concise report summary; and critically analyse and improve technical reports.
Who should attend?
The course is intended for scientists and engineers in the biosciences who need to document their experimental findings and methods. Please note that this course does not cover clinical study reports.
- Philosophy of communicating in technical reports
- Developing a coherent concept for a technical report using a problem statement
- Key aspects of successful technical reports
- Basic techniques to improve written scientific English
- Critical analysis of technical reports
- If time permits: quality control and internal review
Type of training
Interactive workshop based on a combination of short lectures, discussions, and individual and group exercises.
At the end of the training, you will be able to:
- Develop a coherent concept for a technical report
- Write clear sentences in English adapted to a technical report
- Write a clear summary for a technical report
- Critically analyse and identify concrete ways to improve reports
Phillip Leventhal, PhD is a scientific writer at 4Clinics in Paris, France where he specialises in publications and scientific communications. He has more than 10 years’ experience as a scientific writer, and has worked extensively with, and trained, non-native English speakers in scientific writing. Prior to transitioning to scientific writing, Phil worked for 15 years in the United States as a biochemist and cell biologist in academic and pharmaceutical research. Phil is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Writing and leads professional workshops and academic courses on scientific writing throughout Europe and North America.