Research School in Information and Communication Technology
Writing with results (Oct-Nov 2022)

Scientific writing course for PhD candidates

The Department of Informatics offers a scientific writing course for PhD candidates enrolled in the department's PhD program.

Creative writing

Main content

This course targets the writing process of an article aimed at a peer-reviewed journal. Maybe you are about to start a new writing process, or maybe you would like to fully revise a draft you already have? Each week, we will use a whole day for lectures, discussions, writing and feedback. The foundational lectures during week 1 will cover issues like cutting clutter, using active voice, and planning structure. We will also discuss how to form the concrete research questions that your article will focus on. During the rest of the course, we will use a recurring process to develop the different sections. This process will include discussions, brainstorming, planning, writing, and editing. We will also develop forums for peer-to-peer reflection and collaboration. Over the 6 weeks, you will develop as independent writers. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking, peer-review, and communication. Most importantly, you will put a writing process into action that you can apply (and adapt) to future writing projects.


PhD candidates enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Informatics


“Writing with Results” will take place one-day-a-week over 6 weeks, starting Monday 17 October 2022. The exact course dates are shown below. Please schedule each day to last from 9 am to 4 pm. All activities will be held at the Department of Informatics.

Monday, 17 October 2022, 24 October 2022, 31 October 2022, 7 November 2022, 14 November 2022, 21 November 2022

Other course information

You need to be open to working with your peers and giving feedback to each-other. The power of peer-to-peer feedback has long been documented and we use it actively in this course. During the course, you will work in small groups to analyze each other’s text and give feedback. You also need to be willing to use a “new” digital tool. This is called Mural. This is an online collaboration tool, which is essentially a fancy whiteboard with post-its and other useful functions.

The instructor

Mathew Stiller-Reeve has a PhD in Meteorology and has published several peer-reviewed articles on the monsoon as well as interdisciplinary and communication issues. He founded the SciSnack writing community in 2012 when he developed a collaborative writing process and helped start several writing groups around the world. He and 12 international co-authors published this process in 2016, and since then it has been used by summer schools and communication initiatives around the world. He is a Thematic Editor of the Geoscience Communication journal and has developed a peer-review process that was published on Nature.com. He has held writing seminars and courses over the past 7 years in Uganda, Norway, Estonia, Austria as well as many other online workshops and events.


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