Who is the course for?
Conservation scientists from tropical countries working in research and natural resource management who lack the skills to write and publish their results in appropriate scientific journals, and to be effective in communicating their results to non-specialist audiences.
What we cover
Through interactive teaching and practical exercises, participants learn how to write papers, present data and select appropriate journals to publish their work. Sessions offer one-to-one advice for participants to improve their own manuscripts (which they bring with them to the course).
Modules which focus on communication skills teach how to give inspiring talks and how to write for non-specialist audiences. The course covers
- How to publish a paper – we begin by exploring participants’ motivations to publish and identifying the main challenges they face in doing so. This is followed by sessions on how the publishing process works, advice on choosing journals and handling reviewer͛s comments.
- Writing skills – researchers learn how to convey their message succinctly and clearly. Using real examples, they examine the structure of a scientific paper, and apply what they learn in a practical session on writing an abstract.
- Presenting data – exploring the best ways to present scientific data for publication and other media, such as online journals and websites. Participants then apply what they learn to their own data.
- Communicating to diverse audiences – during practical sessions, participants learn how to make engaging presentations to diverse audiences, before putting this into practice and receiving constructive feedback.
- Measures of success – all participants set personal targets for the next 12 months, which can include submitting and publishing papers, or giving presentations at meetings and conferences. Our experienced follow-up team helps to ensure that the scientists apply their new skills and meet their targets.
More than 70 African scientists working in research and natural resource management for government and non-government organisations attended a series of workshops in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. Within two years, they had collectively published 87 papers and a further 20 manuscripts had been submitted.
The training was funded by the EU’s ACP Science and Technology Programme.
“It was an excellent forum for me to learn how to write and publish. The many fears I had about writing have been addressed and my communication skills have been greatly enhanced.”
Scientific Writing Skills workshop participant Kenya
“The skills acquired in this workshop will help me to submit my research findings to reputable journals and communicate to a wider audience. This is an excellent job that must be continuted in order to build the future generation for science.”
Workshop participant, Nigeria