Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)



Scientific Writing – Improving your ability to compose a scientific text

Donnerstag, 15. Oktober 2020, 09:00-12:15
Online; English Department, Geb. 08.03, Karl-Friedrichstr. 17, 76133 Karlsruhe

wöchentlich, donnerstags, 9.00 - 12.15 Uhr

15.10. - 5.11.2020 (4 Termine)


This course will most likely be offered online via Zoom and ILIAS.


This workshop focuses on the language you use when writing scientific papers. Our aim is to improve your writing by talking about conventions in the field, producing your own texts and discussing further questions which arise whilst writing.


We start by briefly discussing the content of each section of a paper (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion). As a group we will develop guidelines that can be used when writing your own text. Next, we will look at authentic sample texts to talk about conventions of style and possibly grammar. We will pay special attention to language patterns in specific subject areas as these tend to vary.


We will use another set of texts to practice editing. Then, you will be asked to apply your skills and write a short text of your own, e.g. a project summary, a critical review or a results section. You will receive feedback on your writing style and use of language. As questions related to language use, punctuation and grammar arise, we will discuss them.


By the end of the course, you will improve your ability to write about your research and comment on other writers’ research in English. You will sharpen your editing skills and develop a sense for appropriate style in a scientific text.


Please note: this workshop does not cover certain related aspects of preparing scientific manuscripts, such as the submission, review and publication of a paper. 

Course materials will be distributed on ILIAS.


Pre-requisites for this course:
(1) You must be a member of KHYS.
Are you a doctoral student but not a member of KHYS?
You can become a member here: http://www.khys.kit.edu

Note: This course is designed for participants mid to upper range of the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR B1 - C1).  We recommend that you take our placement test on ILIAS before starting the course.

Instructions for taking the placement test and a link can be found here:

You need an SCC account to take our placement test. If you do not have an SCC account, please contact the English Department of the Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) underenglischUfl1∂spz KIT edu

Kostenerstattung bei Nichtteilnahme / Cancellation Policy
Sollte es Ihnen trotz Anmeldung nicht möglich sein an dem Kurs teilzunehmen, sagen Sie Ihre Teilnahme bitte bis spätestens zwei Wochen vor Kursbeginn ab. Bei Nichtteilnahme ohne zwingenden Grund (z.B. Krankschreibung) behält sich das KHYS vor, anteilig die Kurskosten von Ihnen zurückzufordern.

If you register for a course but are not able to attend, please contact the English Department at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. KHYS reserves the right to demand partial payment from participants who are absent but do not provide a legitimate excuse (eg. illness).

Angela Althen M.A.Ed.

Angela Althen
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Karl-Friedrich-Str. 17
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel: 0721/608-48051
E-Mail:angela althenUmg8∂kit edu