4-7 April, 2017 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal


The objective of the course is to give graduate students and postdocs an all-round knowledge on communicating science in a number of academic contexts. Although imperative for ‘survival’ in academia, these skills are usually not or only partly taught in university courses.
All participants are expected to take part actively in the course and the course will involve work in terms of preparation of documents and presentations outside formal teaching hours, relying on access to a computer. We envisage that 20-25 participants will gain adequate proficiency in these skills during the course.

Students and postdocs will be asked to participate in discussions, but also in the writing of abstracts and other small tasks. The program can be changed depending on the needs and the interests of the participants. There will also be plenty of time for informal discussions.

The course will consist of:

  • five lectures,
  • one informal seminar,
  • two 1-hour practicals
  • a 1-day practical on how to write a scientific paper



Day 1 (9:45am to 17:45pm):
Communicating Science: to colleagues, to students, to the public (one lecture)
The basics of writing an experimental paper or a review article (two lectures)


Day 2 (9:45am to 17:45pm):
Writing a paper in real time (1 day)


Day 3 (9:45am to 17:45pm):
Experimental design (one lecture)
Ethics (one lecture)
Writing an abstract (the rest of the day)


Day 4 (9:45am to 17:45pm):
Ethics in interacting with colleagues (morning)
The editorial process and reviewing articles (afternoon)
Seminar (Seminars in Biodiversity and Evolution): The ecology of cancer (afternoon)


Anders Pape Møller (Ecologie Systématique Evolution Université Paris-Sud, CNRS, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, France)
Zbyszek Boratynski (CIBIO-InBIO | BIODESERTS)
Neftalí Sillero (Research Centre on Geo-Spatial Science (CICGE-Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais, University of Porto)


The course will be open to a maximum number of 25 participants.


Registration deadline: March 15, 2017
All participants should submit an abstract of their most recent paper or project


Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 80 € (students) / 150 € (other participants).
An additional discount of 20% of discount will be applied to CIBIO members (including non-BIODIV students). Does not include lunch nor coffee breaks.


To register, please send an e-mail accompanied by your short CV (max. two A4 pages) to
Please refer your status (PhD student, MSc Student, Other) and the University to which you are affiliated.