Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO

Scientific Writing Seminar

Several CCBIO-INTPART seminars and courses will take place the coming years. December 13th and 14th this year, we launch the first seminar in this series; a two-day seminar in Scientific Writing.

a doctor writing on a laptop.

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CCBIO, through Lars A. Akslen and Roger Strand, received funding from NFR and SiU for an INTPART program, where students’ education and exchange is promoted through collaboration between CCBIO and the Boston based Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School. Elisabeth Wik is coordinating the program.

Christine Møller, an experienced lecturer in medical and scientific writing and assistant editor of APMIS (Acta Pathologica Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica), will take the students through a mix of lectures on ‘how to improve your writing’ and practical exercises.

Randy Watnick, associate professor at the Vascular Biology Program, Harvard School of Medicine, contributes to the seminar.

The program will also include topics like ‘clear writing’, punctuation and comma exercises, ‘improving your abstract’ and tips for the cover letter.

There should be something to learn for all of us! Seminars like this are not frequently offered at the Medical Faculty, and we strongly encourage students at all levels, including postdocs, to prioritize this and attend!

The seminar is open (requires registration), free of charge, and includes lunch. 


Please register within November 30th, through this link.  If you cannot access the registration link, it is because the auditorium is fully booked. If you wish to be put on a waiting list, please contact Elisabeth.Wik@uib.no.


09:00–10:00 Organizing your ideas and improving your manuscript
10:00–10:15 BREAK
10:15–11:15 Clear Writing 1 + Nominalization exercise
11:15–11:30 BREAK
11:30–12:30 Clear Writing 2 + Deadwood exercise
12:30–13:15 LUNCH
13:15–14:15 The Art of Scientific Story Telling 1: How to organize your results and message
14:15–14:30 BREAK
14:30–15:30 Punctuation + Comma exercise

09:00–10:00 Titles and abstracts
10:00–10:15 BREAK
10:15–11:15 The Art of Scientific Story Telling 2: Common mistakes and how to avoid them
11:15–12:00 What makes a manuscript memorable?
12:00–12:45 LUNCH
12:45–13:15 Numbers exercise
13:15–13:45 The cover letter
13:45–14:00 Summing up

See poster here.