Thesis Writing

Mar 01, 2021 09:00 AM to Mar 22, 2021 01:00 PM

Cooperation IKMB GRK 1743 and Graduate Center ONLINE

Target group:

This event is aimed for doctoral candidates of Life Sciences who are at least in the third year of their doctorate.

Information on the participation permit of postdocs can be found here.


Monday, 1 March 2021, 09:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.

Monday, 22 March 2021, 09:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.

Participants requirements:

Please, bring to the course:

  • Resent research result of yours in form of a figure, table or equation
  • One page of your own text (ideally work in progress, otherweise something finished/published)



Dr. Martina Michalikova - Writing Scientist


This course  provides the necessary know-how for an effective  writing up of a doctoral thesis. In two 4-hours sessions participants will learn how to  optimize their writing process and write a better thesis faster and without suffering.

The course contents will be adapted to participants wishes and needs. See below for an  overview of possible topics. Participants will receive homework instructions to  implement the introduced methods and techniques in their own writing practice. 

1. Writing process & productivity

  • Why writing is hard and how to make it easier 
  • How to organize the thesis-writing process 
  • How to approach the literature review 
  • How to get into writing fast and combat writer's block 
  • How to write productively in a long-term, sustainable way 
  • How to combine thesis writing with lab work and other obligations 
  • How to progress faster with regular peer feedback 
  • Science-based tips & hacks for better writing productivity 


2. Thesis structure 

  • How to create a macrostructure for your doctoral thesis 
  • How to structure each chapter or section of the thesis 
  • The do’s and dont’s of thesis writing


3. Paragraph & sentence structure Text flow. Scientific language & style 

  • Paragraph structure: the key to easy-to-read texts 
  • Sentence structure: how to create a logical flow in your writing 
  • Text flow: further methods for better readability 
  • Scientific language & style: writing clearly & concisely, active vs. passive voice, etc. 



Registrations are welcome until 25 February 2021  via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 6 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons. Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, further registrations are possible until 8 days previous to the beginning of the event.

Please note:

There are 16 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message you cannot participate in this course.


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