Scientific Writing - Winter 2008

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Winter 08
Dr. Michael Bader, Dr.-Ing. Harald Köstler
Time and Place
block seminar (see below for schedule)
Students of the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering, or of the Elite Network of Bavaria
Semesterwochenstunden / ECTS Credits
3 Credits

Topics and Schedule

The seminar will address topics in scientific writing and publishing. It will mix short student presentations with group work and discussions, and will also include writing and reviewing assignments in addition to the seminar sessions.

Seminar Sessions

Preliminary plan for the block seminar sessions:

Time and Day Place
Session 1 Thu, Dec 4, 14:30-18:30 Erlangen
Fri, Dec 5, 9:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
Session 2 Fri, Jan 9, 13:00-18:30 Garching
Sat, Jan 10, 9:00-12:00, 13:00-15:30
Session 3 Thu, Jan 22, 14:30-18:30 Erlangen
Fri, Jan 23, 9:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00

Schedule for Short Presentations

This schedule is preliminary!

Topic Presented by Session/Day
How Does Scientific Publishing Work? Prof. U. Rüde Fri, Dec 5, 14:00
Scientific Writing - The IMRAD approach Ömer Demirel Thu, Dec 4
How To Prepare the Title Yang Li Thu, Dec 4
How To Prepare the Abstract Dheevatsa Mudigere Fri, Dec 5
How To Write the Introduction Ventsislav Petkov Fri, Dec 5
How To How To Cite the References Yunyun Ni Fri, Jan 9
How To Write the Materials & Methods Section Rishi Patil Fri, Jan 9
Use and Misuse of English Daniel Butnaru, Kaveh Rahnema Sat, Jan 10
How To Write the Results Torsten Dreher Thu, Jan 22
How To Design Effective Tables Björn Gmeiner Thu, Jan 22
How To Prepare Effective Graphs Hao Zhu, Robert Schmidt Thu, Jan 22
How To Write the Discussion Thomas Heller Thu, Jan 22


The student presentations will be based on the following textbook:

  • Robert A. Day: How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper, Oryx Press

Further material (incl. online resources):

  • Nicholas J. Higham: Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, SIAM
  • Mathematical Writing by Donald E. Knuth, Tracy L. Larrabee, and Paul M. Roberts