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UCC Workshop: Writing and Communication Skills

Title: UCC Workshop: Writing and Communication Skills

Date(s): 24-25 June 2009

Main Venue:
University College Cork (UCC)

Online Application Period: Applications currently invited by Email

Molecular Medicine Ireland is offering places across institutions for this two-day workshop covering both scientific writing and presentation skills which will run on 24/25 June 2009 in UCC.

Learning objectives 

  • Understand the scientific publication process (including rankings, impact factors, citation rates, open access journals).
  • Be familiar with the organisation of a scientific paper and the principles of good scientific writing (including abstract writing and the design of good figures and tables).
  • Understand the process of submitting a manuscript for publication (from referees to proofs and beyond).
  • Be aware of publication ethics (including areas of misconduct such as falsification, fabrication and plagiarism).
  • Understand how to craft effective scientific presentations (including slide and poster design).

Day 1: Wednesday 24 June
The Workshop Programme on Wednesday 24 June will cover the entire scientific publication process, from the nature of scientific journals (including rankings, impact factors, citation rates etc.), to the structure of a scientific paper, principles of scientific writing, and the scientific publication process from referees to proofs and beyond.

Day 2: Thursday 25 June
On Thursday 25 June, there will be a presentation skills workshop, covering good presentation skills and the preparation of a good scientific presentation (oral or poster). There will also be an optional abstract writing and critiquing session, where students are invited to bring samples of their own writing for discussion and feedback.

Prof Alan Kelly ran a similar workshop in July 2008 in the context of the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme structured training (More information on the MMI CSFP here). Please find below a selection of comments from the participants:

  • 'Excellent lecturer. Gained a lot of good, relevant information through today’s session. Very relevant to anybody doing any form of research'
  • 'Very practical and well presented.'
  • 'An excellent presenter – down to earth, humorous, approachable, enthusiastic and interesting'

Prof Alan Kelly (UCC) will deliver this workshop, with a presentation by Dr David O’Connell (UCC) on the Nature perspective on scientific publishing (Day 1)
Please click on the followings link in order to reach instructor's profile
Lead Instructor
Prof Alan Kelly (Dean of Graduate Studies of UCC)
Dr David O'Connell (Office of the Vice-President for Research , UCC)

How to attend?
If you wish to obtain more information and to apply for this workshop, please click here (this link will generate an email with the following subject heading: UCC Writing & Communication Skills Workshop-Expression of interest') before Friday 19 June 


Please note that application for this workshop is via Email using the above link rather than through the MMI online application system