Academic Writing in the Natural Sciences

Academic Writing in the Natural Sciences: Effective Strategies for Publishing in English

Writing and publishing in English has become an integral part of most researchers' lives. Yet, many scientists are unsure about what makes a paper written in English successful and how the writing and publication process can best be managed. To address such questions, this workshop offers some guidance on how to communicate your research most effectively. We will discuss and practice important strategies for writing English sentences, paragraphs, and texts that meet the expectations of readers, reviewers, and editors alike.

In particular, the workshop will cover the following topics: 

  • meeting the stylistic expectations of English-speaking readers
  • connecting sentences and linking ideas to create good text flow
  • establishing a clear focus and stating the main idea of a text
  • understanding the general organization of English paragraphs and texts
  • drafting adequate introductions of research papers
  • presenting findings and data effectively
  • mastering the writing and publication process


Workshop Information

:  Thursday/Friday, 22nd/23rd January 2015

: 9.00-17.00 hrs. (both days)

: Building E1 1, Room 4.07

: 50 Euro (minus GradUS credit; see below)

: see information in the top-right corner (max. 20 participants)



  • For each PhD student, participation in the GradUS workshops is sponsored with 50 € per semester by the presidium of Saarland University, which are considered when calculating course fees.

  • Participation in every workshop is certificated. Towards the end of your PhD, you can also get a GradUS certificate for all GradUS workshops that you took part in.

  • Childcare can be provided for doctoral researchers with children for the duration of a particular GradUS event at no charge (see website "Kinderbetreuung").

  • Deduction from income taxes: We recommend trying to deduct the fees for the GradUS workshops from the German income taxes that you might have to pay (costs for advanced training measures).


Frank Lauterbach
, director of english+, a coaching and teaching program in Academic English for young researchers at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg; studies of English language and culture at the University of Göttingen and the University of California; founding coordinator of the International Writing Center at the University of Göttingen and the Scientific English Division at the Göttingen Language Center.