Scientific writing

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General information

To become a successful scientist, it is not sufficient to have a good theoretical background and to learn innovative technical skills, it is necessary to develop good writing skills so that you can efficiently communicate your ideas and results. Your articles and proposals need to be attractive and informative so that they get read and cited.

This course aims at providing conceptual criteria and practical examples on scientific writing style, and useful suggestions on how to plan, draft, and write the final version of your paper. The lecturer, Josep Lluis Pelegrí, has extensive teaching and scientific writing experience, he has advised 13 PhD dissertations and many more MSc thesis.

Programme information: 
Morning sessions focus on improving your writing skills, afternoon sessions target on developing good manners that will help improve a paper’s structure. All sessions have conceptual and practical periods. Students are encouraged to bring a sample of their own work, preferably an ongoing paper, to be developed throughout the course. Students shall also bring two papers (one from a specialized journal and another from a high impact generalist journal, e.g. Nature, Science, PNAS), to be carefully analyzed throughout the course.

Contact Person: Francisco José Machín Jiménez (


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Venue: Institute of Marine Sciences
Barcelona, Spain

The Institute of Marine Sciences is located in Barcelona’s Villa Olimpica District between the Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. 
Institut de Ciències del Mar
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49



Full price of this course is 510€. A reduced registration fee of 425€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the opening of the course).


Intermediate English knowledge.

Application Procedure:

Use the ADD TO CARD button on the course's website to book a place and make your payment.


Students attending to at least 80% of the classes will receive a certificate confirming their participation in the course, signed by the Barcelona Ocean responsible person and by the Lecturer of the course.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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