Scientific Writing, Module 1 - The Language of Scientific Writing



Thomas Cedric Czirnich

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Key Info

Basic Information

Staff Development Measures:
Fields of Action:
Promote Capacity for Innovation and Research
Career Development
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For scientists and researchers in today’s world, writing well in English is of utmost importance for professional success. The best scientific ideas and results often become meaningless if they cannot be effectively communicated. In fact, so-called “soft” writing skills often translate to “hard” results for the writer: successfully completing a PhD, or having papers readily accepted for publication.

While writing in general and writing in English in particular are integral aspects of academic life, many researchers are often unsure about what is considered "good writing," what makes a paper written in English successful, or how the writing and publication process can best be managed.


Learning aims

Scheduled exclusively for researchers currently affiliated with the Cluster of Excellence - Fuel Science Center, the Scientific Writing Modules address the challenges encountered during the writing process.

The modules’ overall goal is to help authors gain a deeper understanding of how you to communicate their research results most effectively to the readers. In these modules, we will discuss and practice important strategies for writing English sentences, paragraphs, and papers that meet the expectations of readers, reviewers, and editors alike. Each module focuses on the fundamental criteria for good scientific writing in English.

Please note that the three modules can be taken independently and in any order as they each focus on different aspects of scientific writing. The modules will be taught entirely in English.

Module 1 will help you develop the following skills:

  • recognizing conventions of effective scientific writing

  • using appropriate register to meet the stylistic expectations of English-speaking readers

  • avoiding common grammatical errors

  • managing often-confused words

  • writing emphatic sentences

  • writing effectively, i.e., precisely (exactly) and concisely (to the point)

  • writing dynamically using active and precise verbs

  • avoiding the overuse of the passive voice using correct punctuation

Participation Requirements

This seminar is only for PhD students of the Cluster of Excellence - fuel Science Center. Registration in the CDS is also required.

The Scientific Writing Modules require a B2 level of English. Hence, a placement test result or corresponding international certificate (CAE; IELTS; TOEFL etc.) is recommended (but not imperative). More information on placement tests can be found on the RWTH Language Center website:

Target Audience

Doctoral candidates who are participants of the Fuel Science Center. (CDS-Registration is requiered for doctoral candidates. If you are not registered yet, please send an e-mail to the contact for organizational matters shown above.)



21. and 22. 01. 2020

9:00 - 16:30

Course Coordinator:Leyla Haferkamp

SuperC, Templergraben 57, 52062 Aachen, Room 1.29/ 1.30

Participants: up to 15
Cooperation:In cooperation with the language center.
Registration:With RWTH-ID (TIM)
Without RWTH-ID (TIM)