Writing in the Sciences

Writing in the Sciences is a concise but comprehensive course on how to write research papers in English. The course will give you a better understanding of academic writing and the common challenges you may face as a writer. The purpose of the course is to fill the gap – the one between knowing English through academic schooling and reading, and using that knowledge in a way that will help you get your paper published in an international journal.


The course lasts 72 academic hours and comprises 10 major topics:

  1. Contrastive Rhetoric
  2. Writing Strategies
  3. Preparing the Text (IMRAD format)
    • how to write the Introduction
    • how to write the Materials & Methods section
    • how to write the Results
    • how to write the Discussion
  4. Writing an Abstract and a working title
  5. Avoiding plagiarism
  6. Editing your own paper
    • the ten commandments of good writing
    • tense in scientific writing
    • active versus passive voice
    • noun problems
  7. Journal analysis: analyzing journals for elimination and submission
  8. Creating a publishable paper
  9. Publishing the paper
  10. Ethics in Science

The course will provide you with a set of pragmatic strategies and tools you should apply when thinking about, outlining, writing, rewriting, and revising your paper. In addition, you will learn the unwritten rules of English rhetoric.

Grant Proposal

9 weeks = 38 academic hours


Grant Proposal course provides guidance on developing a strong application that will allow reviewers to better evaluate the science and merit of your proposal. You will learn how to put your ideas into proper words, arrange a clear and concise paper and search grant market for potential funder.
You will also learn how to react to negative feedback from reviewers and resubmit your proposal. The course focuses on useful project management tools and possible budget pitfalls.

Academic Writing: Structuring papers for international publication

6 weeks = 24 academic hours


The aim of the Academic Writing: Structuring papers for international publication course is to provide the participants with the knowledge of these methods and techniques and foster better understanding of what makes a text worth publishing in international scholarly journals.

The main aspects of academic writing (or rhetoric and composition, as it is known in US universities) include focus, organization and mechanics. Managing methods and techniques in developing writing competences within these aspects help significantly alleviate writers’ burden of individual intellectual work.

Academic writing in Western universities is a field of study and a specific discipline aimed at developing writing skills, which are considered fundamental for higher education. The development of academic writing competences involves extended individual practice and therefore starts early and never ends.

Effective Researcher

5 weeks = 20 academic hours


The research course Effective Researcher represents the time saving techniques of a researcher during routine operations. The course shows tools of information processing which can be used in analyzing large volumes of scientific data with increased attention to key sources.

The course focuses on development of the following skills:
1) effective search for information;
2) gathering of information (methods of mass downloading of scientific articles);
3) processing of information and literature review structuring;
4) comments and notes on an article stored electronically;
5) writing of an article using IMRAD modules (or other types of structuring);
6) team work of researchers (co-authors);
7) forming of bibliography.

The given skills provide the ways to save time of the researcher during routine operations and are generally used for increasing the publication activity in high-ranking journals (Scopus and WoS).

The seminar is developed in the Universal scientific workshop of Kazan Innovative University named after V. G. Timiryasov (IEML), further in the text KIU (IEML).

Public Speaking for Scientists

5 weeks = 20 academic hours


Public Speaking for Scientists course prepares candidates to communicate effectively with academic community during conferences, roundtables, and workshops.
The course will enable the candidates:

  • to improve their speaking ability through discussions and PowerPoint presentations of their research work
  • to increase their confidence as public speakers
  • to develop their power of persuasion

The course focuses on the university core disciplines and is conducted in English.
After the course, the candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Introductory Academic Writing Course

5 weeks = 20 academic hours
The classes start at 18:00 and finish at 19:30, lecture room G-589.

The course lasts 20 academic hours and comprises 5 major topics:

  •   to learn grammar and vocabulary required for further study of Academic English
  •   to form a sound base of critical thinking skills necessary to read scientific publications
  •   to develop the ability to select and present information, organizing arguments and ideas logically
  •   to acquire knowledge of the unwritten rules of academic writing
  •   to become aware of scientific writing ethics and ways of avoiding plagiarism

Candidates will study a scientific article related to their field of research where the target language is used.