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Workshop: „Scientific Writing“

Prof. Stefan Bode, PhD, University of Melbourne
8th November 2021 and 10th November 2021, 10 am to 3 pm (including breaks)

(Optional: advanced module on the submission and review process on 12th November 2021, 10 am to 15 pm)

This workshop will cover the basics of writing scientific publications for peer-reviewed international journals in the English language. It will focus on writing papers that report empirical results from experiments, e.g., in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, and related fields. However, many of the principles discussed in this workshop will also apply to other disciplines and writing other empirical reports and theses. The workshop is designed as an interactive introduction for beginners, i.e. students who are facing the sometimes daunting task of publishing their first results, or who are interested in advancing their skills at early stages of their research career.

This workshop will explain how to write compelling abstracts, introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections, across several styles that different journals might require. It will then cover how to choose appropriate titles, how to best present results and design figures, as well as other aspects of preparing a scientific paper. Over two days (each comprised of two two-hour sessions), the workshop will combine theoretical lecture-style presentations with practical, hands-on exercises. Participants are expected to work on a small ‘homework’ task between days.

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have a sound understanding of how to write each section of a scientific paper
  • Be able to recognise common issues and problems with writing papers
  • Have provided other participants constructive feedback on their writing
  • Have received constructive feedback on their own writing samples
  • Feel more confident in tackling their next scientific writing project

The lecturer:

The workshop will be delivered by Associate Professor Stefan Bode from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Stefan is a native German speaker, who moved to Australia in 2010 after finishing his PhD in Psychology/ Cognitive Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig. He has since worked at the University of Melbourne, and he is the Head of the Decision Neuroscience Lab and Director of the Decision Science Hub at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Stefan has co-/authored more than 70 publications, and he is passionate about research training for early career researchers, as well as fostering international education and research collaborations.

Optional module:

For those who are interested, an advanced module of this workshop (one additional day with two two-hour sessions) can be offered on Friday 12th November 2021, 10 am to 15 pm (including breaks).

It will cover the topics of: how to craft a meaningful cover letter; how to handle feedback from reviewers; how to write response letters to reviewers and editors; when it is appropriate to push back (a little) on reviewer requests; and how to deliver the requested changes.

Please let us know with your registration to the Workshop if you are also interested in the follow-up module.

If you are interested also in the optional module, please let us know in a few short sentences if you have any specific questions or concerns about the submission and review process that you would like the workshop to help you resolve.

Venue (hybrid event):

The workshop as well as the optional module will be hybrid events, meaning that the lecturer and a maximum of 10 participants who would like to work face-to-face will meet in the seminar room of the Graduate School (“City-Passage Lindenthal”, 2nd floor, Dürener Strasse 89, 50931 Cologne), and that participants who would like to attend the workshop online will be able to connect via Zoom.

Those who prefer to participate in the workshop in presence are asked to keep in mind the University of Cologne’s Guideline on Hygiene and Protection Measures for Working under Corona Conditions as well as the “3G” rules: Access to the seminar room will be given only to those who can prove that they are vaccinated against, tested negative of or have recovered from Covid 19.
Furthermore, participants in presence have to wear a medical face mask during the workshop.
Last, participants in presence have to provide complete contact data for contact tracing.


The number of participants is limited to 20 persons.
A maximum of 9 persons will be able to attend in presence.

Please register per email to Graduiertenschule-HFSpamProtectionuni-koeln.de and mention if you also would like to attend an optional module.

Please also indicate if you prefer to attend in presence or to connect via Zoom.
You will then be asked for your contact data or receive the access information for participation via Zoom.