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17.10.2022 To 18.10.2022

„Now I just have to write it down ...?“ – Successfully managing the transition to the writing phase

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„Now I just have to write it down ...?“ – Successfully managing the transition to the writing phase

Scientific writing in natural and life sciences


Language: ENGLISH



17 & 18 October 2022, 9:00-15:30 each day (online).

(plus: one-hour individual online coaching by appointment on 19. – 21.10.2022)


Target Audience:

Doctoral students who are

  • are pursuing a doctorate in the natural and life sciences,
  • are pursuing a doctoral degree with an empirical research project,
  • are writing a monograph (not a cumulative dissertation) and
  • are in the transition from the data collection to the writing phase.


Description and Contents:

In the working process of a monographic dissertation, the transition from lite-rature research and data collection to writing is often a particular challenge. This is because a monograph is usually a much more complex and extensive task than, for example, writing a 15-page technical article. It is usually necessary to process more material, to present theoretical and methodological principles in greater detail and, last but not least, to manage and sustain a longer working process.

The workshop contents at a glance:

  • Challenges of scientific writing and typical stumbling blocks for junior researchers.
  • (Re-)focusing: clarifying positions and messages of the scientific text proposal
  • Conceptualizing the text with the help of a concept abstract; review and consolidation with peer feedback loop
  • Techniques to start writing: low-threshold writing; creativity and con-trol: first draft and revision
  • Which writing strategy suits me - promoting strengths, mitigating risks.
  • On the relationship between scientificity, scientific language, and comprehensibility.
  • The core elements of the monographic dissertation - function, content, structure


Description Individual Coaching:

Complementing the workshop content, the one-on-one coaching session offers participants the opportunity to address and deepen individual questions about their writing situation and process in a protected setting.

The individual coaching sessions last 60 minutes per person and are conducted in parallel by two coaches on the two days following the workshop. Appointments will be made after registration.


Technical Details:

The workshop takes place as an online event on a video conference platform.

Camera and microphone (internal or external) are required. LAN connection is recommended for stability reasons.

Supplement Terms of Use: By registering, the use of the specified platforms/tools is accepted. The participants themselves are responsible for ensuring that the technical requirements are met.



Unfortunately, registration is closed.

PhD students of the Berlin University Alliance (Charité/FU/HU/TU) are eligible to participate.


Elective: Elective I; personal skills and interdisciplinary courses.

Organizational and administrative matters


Dr. Sven Arnold

Event organizer

Graduate Studies Support


Workshop: October 17 & 18, 2022, 9:00-15:30 each day (online).
Individual coaching: by appointment on June 19 – 21, 2022 (online).




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