Course Science Writing Toolkit


Course leader: Ashley Pearcy Buitenwerf

Language: English

Graduate school: Course collaboration

Course fee: 1,200.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2024

Application deadline: 14/02/2024

Cancellation deadline: 28/02/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 14/03/2024

Administrator: Thilde Møller Risgaard

Please note:

The first day of this course covers similar material as the first day of the longer Science Writing and Communication course, focusing on the tools needed to understand and write a scientific paper.

The course Science Writing Toolkit is being offered by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS and Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS, Aarhus University, spring 2024.

Course parameters:
Level of course: PhD, although MS students welcome if space is available
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like:11/30

Objectives of the course:
The aim of this course is to equip students with a strategy to write efficiently and the tools they need to deliver a high quality, high impact scientific paper. It is designed in a workshop style and as a condensed version of the Science Writing and Communication course, focusing on how to write.

Learning outcomes and competences: Students should be able to:

  • Understand the intent and content of components of a typical scientific research paper
  • Apply a toolkit of writing guidelines to clearly, cohesively deliver their research
  • Investigate writing strategies and identify personal approaches to writing

Compulsory programme:
Participation in lectures and workshops and completion of short assignments

Course contents:

  • Rules to write by for high impact and writing efficiency
  • The parts of a scientific paper, their purpose and how to write them
  • Developing a writing strategy

This course will be a starter course (though having some idea of a topic or some writing in progress is always helpful!).

Name of lecturer:
Ashley Pearcy Buitenwerf

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, workshops, assignments

Hofman, AH 2014. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals and Presentations.
Heard, SB 2022. The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career.
among others

Course homepage:
Will be managed through correspondence with lecturer

Course assessment:
Attendance threshold (80%)

Special comments on this course:
The first day of this course covers similar material as the first day of the longer Science Writing and Communication course, focusing on the tools needed to understand and write a scientific paper.

1 full day, followed by ½ day and later another ½ day to check assignments together

Place: Aarhus University, on campus

No show fee:
Course participants on our transferable skills courses, who do not show up at the course or cancel their course participation after the course cancellation deadline (without providing a doctor’s note), may have to pay a no-show fee, unless someone from the waiting list is able to take part in the course instead.

The no-show fee is DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS). The no-show fee has been introduced due to many late cancellations, thus preventing people from the waiting lists to have a seat at the courses.


  • Participation in the course is without cost for PhD students from Aarhus University

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities that came into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list. Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Course dates:

  • 14 March 2024 09:00 - 15:00
  • 15 March 2024 09:00 - 12:00
  • 21 March 2024 09:00 - 12:00