How to Write a Paper in the Natural and Life Sciences

Content Day 1

Using a very practical approach, the most important aspects of writing a ‘paper’ will be discussed and many questions related to writing will be answered:

  • How do I plan the project ‘paper writing’ so that I am most efficient?
  • Do I already have enough results for a publication?
  • How do I structure my paper so that it becomes cogent and interesting?
  • What sections is a paper composed of?
  • What information should each section contain, i.e. how do I write a catchy abstract, an interesting introduction, a clear method and a convincing results section and how do I discuss my data in the discussion?
  • What structural and stylistic means can I use so that my readers can easily follow the development of ideas in my manuscript?
  • What’s the perfect journal for my paper and what should I pay attention to when submitting the manuscript there?
  • How do I react to comments from the journal or if my manuscript is rejected?
  • How do I prevent or solve writer’s block?

Content Day 2

Participants bring their own scientific texts. These texts will be discussed in detail, in the group and individually, so that the authors learn how their own writing is received by a scientific audience. In addition to a lot of practical tips, each participant will receive a detailed handbook which describes again step by step how to prepare a manuscript. Practical exercises, numerous examples and plenty of time for discussion and questions contribute to a better understanding of the seminar topics.

Target group:

PhD candidats from the Natural and Life Sciences who want to make writing easier by learning certain basic rules. After the seminar the participants will know how to easily and efficiently develop a conclusive and easy to ready scientific paper.

 Please note:

Participation is subject to the successfully passed public presentation of your dissertation project.


Currently no date available
Location: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, Seminar room 2 (2nd floor)

Registration: Online

Registration takes place exclusively online via UNIVIS. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.

Trainer Eva Müller

Eva Müller is a Ph.D. biologist with many years practical experience in scientific research and scientific writing. As a scientist she wrote many papers of her own and later, as a scientific author, numerous publications for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals as well as for research institutes. She teaches scientific writing at national and international universities, hospitals and research centres. In addition, she provides scientists preparing scientific manuscripts with individual coaching.