Kurse und Veranstaltungen Hochschuldidaktik & Lehrentwicklung Universität Bern

Scientific Writing Clinic (Medicine, Life Sciences and Chemistry)

This classic intensive 4-day course has been developed over the years to cater to the needs of researchers writing papers, reports, dissertations and habilitations. Classroom work and writing theory are coupled with continual feedback on the participants texts and hands-on exercises. Special attention is given to the high specificity and formality of texts written in Medicine and in the Natural and Life Sciences.


At the end of this course, participants should have a revised manuscript and a clearer idea of how to improve their scientific writing; moreover, they should know where to look for help with their writing.


The course is made up of three main elements:

  • Linguistic components of better writing, such as correct word order and tense use, text linking elements, style and variety in vocabulary and structure
  • Linguistic characteristics of research texts: textual strategies in writing abstracts and introduction, results, discussion and conclusion sections
  • Self-help strategies for scientific writers, such as the effective use of model articles, language reference books, and online aids in checking style, grammar and usage in specific fields


The course takes the form of language input sessions followed by exercises, opportunities for practical application, questions and discussion. In addition, a daily writing clinic allows participants to discuss their corrected texts with the instructors. Participants are expected to submit a revised or new section of their text weekly.


Nummer: H.18.13
Durchführungsdaten: 04.05.2018, 18.05.2018, 25.05.2018, 01.06.2018
Zeiten: 9.30 – 16.00 Uhr
Leitung: Matter Marc, lic. phil. / Regan Jeannette, Dr. psych.
Kursort: UniS: 2. Tag Raum A015 (Parterre, Altbau_A); 3. und 4. Tag Raum A122 (1. Stock, Altbau_A)
Umfang: 4 Tage; 1.5 ECTS
Kurssprache: Englisch
max. Teilnehmende: 12 Personen
Anmeldeschluss: 13.04.2018
ausgebucht. Warteliste.
Studienform und Abschluss: Einzelveranstaltung des Studiengangs CAS Hochschullehre
Sie erhalten eine Teilnahmebescheinigung.
Trägerschaft: Universität Bern, Zentrum für universitäre Weiterbildung

Employees at University of Bern and PHBern: The cancellation of the registration after closing date costs CHF 100.- handling fee.


Im Rahmen des Weiterbildungsstudiengangs Hochschullehre werden für diesen Kurs insgesamt 1.5 ECTS-Punkte an Modul 6 angerechnet.


Publishing in English has become the norm in most academic fields. The Scientific Writing Clinic is a practical course designed to help members of the university research community perfect their writing skills and thereby improve their English texts.

Kosten und Zahlungsmodalitäten

CHF 930.– (employees at University of Bern and PHBern will not receive an invoice)

In order to avoid receiving an invoice, employees at University of Bern and PHBern must register with their work address.


The educational development at University of Bern is directed to teachers and researchers at universities, universities of applied sciences, teacher training universities, colleges of professional education and training and further education institutions. This constellation across target groups is intentionally sought and one of the strengths of our program.

This course is open to researchers in medicine, the life sciences and chemistry. A similar course is regularly held for researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Vor- und Nachbereitung

Participants will be asked to submit a short informal description of their linguistic background as well as a formal abstract or an informal summary of their current research project (1-2 pages maximum for the two requirements). Specifics on content and also the deadline for this submission will be communicated in a welcome email before the course.


Teaching position at universities, technical colleges, teacher training universities, Colleges of professional education and training or further education institutions.

Anmelde- und Aufnahmeverfahren

Die Anmeldung erfolgt elektronisch mittels Online-Anmeldeformular (siehe unten). Die Anmeldungen werden in der Reihenfolge des Eingangs berücksichtigt. Spätestens kurz nach Anmeldeschluss (3 Wochen vor Kursbeginn) entscheiden die Veranstalter über die definitive Durchführung.
Die Anmeldungen zu den einzelnen Veranstaltungen erfolgen unabhängig von der Anmeldung zum gesamten CAS-Studiengang.

Abmeldungen erfolgen zwingend per E-Mail an hd@zuw.unibe.ch

Information und Beratung

Universität Bern, Zentrum für universitäre Weiterbildung ZUW, Hochschuldidaktik & Lehrentwicklung, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Postfach, 3001 Bern, Telefon 031 631 55 32


Your registration is binding. If you cancel your registration after the closing date or in the cases of nonappearance or abort of the program, the following cancellation policy applies:

Employees at University of Bern and PHBern:
- The cancellation of the registration after closing date (3 weeks before the course) costs CHF 100.- handling fee.
- Being present less than 75% of the course time equals nonappearance or abort of the program and costs CHF 100.- handling fee.
- Nonappearance on the first half day of a course equals nonappearance and costs CHF 100.- handling fee.
- In exceptional cases a handling fee can be remitted if a medical certificate or a written request is handed in. The decision is taken by the head of the program.

External employees:
100% of the course costs have to be paid. (This policy is adapted if the administration of the educational development unit can find a substitutional attendee. In this case, CHF 100.- handling fee have to be paid.)

Apart from this cancellation policy, the general terms and conditions of the Zentrum für universitäre Weiterbildung (ZUW) of the University of Bern apply for a Registration.


Diese Veranstaltung ist ausgebucht. Es besteht eine Warteliste.