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Scientific writing

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Abel GARCIA-PINO (Coordinator) and Etienne MEYLAN

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

Introduction into scientific English. Discussion of the key aspects of each section of an scientific article. Introduction in the making of figures. Introduction into freely available software to process images, to assemble figures. Discussion of scientific misconduct and plagiarism.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

The goal of scientific research is communication and publication of the results in form of research article and/or poster presentation at international conferences. Science communication typically, if not exclusively, is conducted in English. The goal of the course is to give an introduction to writing of scientific texts and into figure preparation.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures, supervised exercise, personal work

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Hilary Glasman-Deal, Science Research Writing (For Non-Native Speakers of English), Imperial College Press, 2010Tim Skern, Writing Scientific English (A workbook), Facultas WUV, 2011

Other information


Birthe Fahrenkrog: bfahrenk@ulb.ac.be; 02/6509793Benoit Vanhollebeke: benoit.vanhollebeke@ulb.ac.be; 02/6509761


Method(s) of evaluation

  • Other


Oral examen: preparation and presentation of a digital poster

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

The final note takes into account the evaluations of the personal work (30%) and the oral exam (70%). A minimum of 10/20 credits are necessary to successfully complete the course.

Language(s) of evaluation

  • english