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; create technical reports using templates and advanced formatting tools in Microsoft Word; write clear sentences in English adapted to the background, methods, results, and discussion of a technical report; create effective figures and tables; and effectively describe figures, tables, and other illustrations.
Who should attend?
The course is intended for scientists and engineers in the biosciences who need to document their experimental findings and methods.
- Philosophy of communicating in technical reports
- Developing a coherent concept for a technical report
- Creating technical reports using templates and advanced formatting tools in Microsoft Word
- Creating user-friendly figures, tables, diagrams, and other illustrations and writing effective legends
- Basic techniques to improve written scientific English
- Writing the background section
- Describing technical methods
- Describing results
- Writing the discussion
Type of training
Interactive workshop based on a combination of short lectures, interactive discussions, and individual and group exercises.
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:
- Develop a coherent concept for a technical report
- Create a well-organized and user-friendly technical report using templates and advanced formatting tools in Microsoft Word
- Write clear sentences in English adapted to the background, methods, results, and discussion of a technical report
- Create effective figures and tables
- Effectively describe figures, tables, and other illustrations
Phillip S. Leventhal, PhD is an American-born scientific writer based in Lyon, France.
Prior to transitioning to scientific writing in 2003, Dr Leventhal worked for 15 years as a biochemist for academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies. He is the author of hundreds of scientific articles and other documents covering a wide range of scientific fields.
Dr Leventhal is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Writing and a member of the executive committee of the European Medical Writers Association. He leads workshops for several European and American institutions on scientific and medical writing, and he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Professional Writing Program at New York University.