Institute of

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Scientific writing

Course teacher: Axel Don

Timing and duration: The course will take place on four half-day sessions in spring 2020. Session times are Monday 13 January 2020, 10:30 h - 14:30 h; Wednesday 15 January 2020, 10:30 h - 14:30 h; Wednesday 5 February 2020, 10:30 h - 14:30 h; and Wednesday 4 March 2020, 10:30 h - 14:30 h. The course may be repeated on demand.

Registrations: Course offer will be circulated by the institution mailing list. Please register by sending email to Marlene Pfuhl (marlene.pfuhl@ The participant quota for this course is 20, and while registrations are done on a first come-first serve principle, applicants from Thünen-AK are prioritised.

Target group: Mainly PhD students about to write their first paper

Course description and learning aims:

This course provides hands on advice and practice on paper writing in the area of agricultural, environmental and soil sciences. The course covers the following topics:

  • The general structure of papers
  • Tips for the start of writing a paper
  • How to formulate good objectives and hypothesis?
  • Exercises on drafting figures and tables
  • Who becomes co-author?
  • The process of journal selection and submission

The course consists of 4 half-day sessions and provides the opportunity to write a first paper draft within the framework of the course.