Scientific Writing Workshop

A cartoon of a woman with writer's block


Trondheim, Britannia Hotel


19-21 October, 2020


Registration is closed.
NB: Only 10 places available to Digital Life members. Priority will be given to those with manuscripts.


- Three-day intensive course tailored for young researchers in biotechnology
- Work on your own manuscript during the course
- All expenses (travel, hotel, diet, and course fee) covered by the research schools

Digital Life Norway Research School and the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience (NRSN) invite our members to join for a three-day workshop on scientific writing, tailor-made for PhD candidates and postdocs in biotechnology and neuroscience. The workshop will be led by Dr Daniel Soule, an experienced academic writing trainer, and is aiming to provide structure, advice, and motivation for writing a paper for publication. There will be a balance between plenary sessions, group discussions, individual writing time and one-to-one work with an experienced academic editor. Participants are expected to work on their own papers during the workshop, and in case there will be a waitlist, priority will be given to participants with a draft manuscript. After the workshop, participants can continue to work on their manuscripts and send their draft to Daniel Soule for direct editorial feedback. 


  • Planning and editing
  • Understanding the writing process
  • Breaking down the structure of papers to generate writing goals
  • Techniques for being an effective writer
  • Understanding the stylistic demands of journals

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be well on their way to producing a draft of their research paper. In addition, they will learn more about the writing and publication process. The course gives 1 ECTS for PhD students.

Required materials

Participants need to bring a manuscript draft or any other material, such as literature searches or data analysis, which they can draw on through the workshop, in addition to a laptop. Participants must also bring a copy of an article from the journal they wish to submit their paper to. A comprehensive workbook and a ‘Guide to Academic Punctuation’ will be handed out during the workshop. 

Practical arrangements

All travelling participants will have their travel and hotel accommodation costs covered by Digital Life/NRSN. We will also cover the course fee, and all meals for the duration of the program. To stimulate networking, those living close to the venue are also welcome to stay at the hotel, at our cost. Membership in Digital Life or NRSN is a precondition for participation 


Digital Life coordinator: Liv Eggset Falkenberg
NRSN coordinator: Karoline Hovde

    Published Oct. 12, 2020 4:00 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2021 11:09 AM