Academic Writing in English (Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Psychology)

Nowadays success in science involves publishing articles in international journals in English. The English you learned at school is not sufficient; you need to master the formal English required for scientific and academic texts. The objective of this workshop is to improve your ability to produce clear, precise and readable academic texts. During the workshop you will work on a piece of scientific writing you have written and will receive individual correction and feedback from the instructor per email after the workshop.

Target Audience, Number of Participants:

Doctoral candidates of Mainz University from the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Psychology with a language-proficiency level minimum C1 (CEFR) who have already started writing.
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons

Learning Results:

Participants will leave the workshop with a ”toolbox" for scientific/academic writing, a phrasebank of useful expressions and an edited/proofread text.


  • Conventions and features of academic writing
  • Improving coherence and flow
  • Avoiding common lexical and grammatical errors
  • Editing and improving your drafts
  • Punctuation, remedial grammar
  • Useful phrases


The workshop includes preparation work (reading), which will be delivered about two weeks beforehand, and a post-course self-study grammar/vocabulary package. All participants are required to bring a text they have written to the workshop. The text must be approx. 1 A4 page long and should still be in an unpolished state, i.e. not yet proofread/edited by colleagues.

Day, Time and Venue

The dates for the summer semester 2020 will be announced upon publication.


This workshop is offered by the General Doctoral College (APK) (English website).

Mandatory applications for the courses are made via OpenOLAT.
In order to apply, you must be a registered member of the APK.
Membership in the APK is free of charge for PhD candidates of JGU.