November 17th
Writing Style 1 Illustration
Career Development Course

Writing a scientific paper

In this workshop you will learn the principles, theory and practice of successful scientific communication. The workshop includes the editing/commenting of participants’ written work (title and abstract).


Please bring your own laptop with you to the course.

Note: You should send a title and abstract to be analyzed in the workshop one week before the course.

Course in English
Registration deadline



The focus is on peer-peer communication via scientific manuscripts destined for publication in a recognized journal. However, the skills and insights that are conveyed in this event can be used immediately in a very broad range of communication situations. The workshop starts with the cognitive psychology of the relationship between you as a communicator and your intended audience or readership. We then move to analysis of writing structure from very low levels up to the level of the whole manuscript. Here you will learn what it means to write "simple scientific English", for example. Next we look at the business of starting to write a research paper, and consider a simple recipe to help you determine whether you have a "good story". Later in the workshop we delve into the workings of editorial and peer review so that you have a better idea of the publication process and how to improve your chances of a favourable outcome! Important here is the initial choice of journal that you make, and we will go into that in some detail. Throughout the workshop there are shorter and longer interactive exercises in real time, and numerous opportunities for you to ask questions and discuss particular points. We work, at intervals, on the written works that participants have prepared and submitted before the workshop (typically a title and abstract of their work or intended work), and all participants receive a commented/edited copy of their work at the end.

Practical Informations

Practical Informations


09:00 Start

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Re-start

17:00 End

Please bring your own laptop with you to the course.

Note: You should send a title and abstract to be analyzed in the workshop one week before the course.

Selection result
November 2, 2023
There is no registration fee for this course
Institut Curie - Bâtiment de Biologie du Développement - Annexes 1 & 2
11 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie
75248 Paris cedex 05

Maximum Number of Participants

15 people

Number of Participants

15 participants

Selection Criteria

This course is for Institut Curie's staff only.

Priority to PhDs & selection on the first come, first served basis.



Andrew Moore studied chemistry and biochemistry at Cambridge University, UK, and obtained his PhD from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology also in Cambridge. After a post-doc at the LMB, he was hired by the European Molecular Biology Organization to start and manage the Science & Society Programme, consisting of the creation and organization of a wide range of activities supporting communication of science, science education and policy development. During these nine years, he was also Associate Editor of the scientific journal EMBOreports, where he also wrote on a variety of topics at the interface of science and applications of science. In 2008 he joined Wiley-VCH as Editor-in-Chief of the hypotheses and reviews journal BioEssays, and in 2016 he was additionally made Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley Researcher Academy, a learning platform for young scientists. He regularly gives talks and workshops on science writing and editorial at institutes and meetings, writes feature articles on science, editorial, communication, education and policy, and in 2021 became fully freelance.


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