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Royal Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU

For writers of technical, scientific and other related reports or documents, who wish to improve their report and general document writing skills.

Following the success of the previous courses in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Society continues to offer this one-day introductory course. Participants will learn the principles and processes for high quality communication in scientific thinking and writing, with plenty of opportunity to discuss and practice the skills learnt.

Due to the interactive nature of the course, capacity is limited to 16 places, which are offered on a first come, first served basis. Booking deadline extended with limited places remaining - please register soon to secure your place!

Who is the course for?

For writers of technical, scientific and other related reports or documents, who wish to improve their report and general document writing skills.

What does the course cover?

  • Persuasive Writing - Getting your arguments across convincingly
  • Structured Writing - How to be logical, concise and to the point
  • Reader Analysis - Give your readers what they want from your writing
  • Issue Response - How to handle the tricky bits
  • Document Structure - Data, ideas, conclusions, what to put where reviewing - How to get and give effective reviews
The course will be run in an interactive style, where participation of course attendees will be encouraged. Participants will receive a course booklet covering the topics and ideas discussed, and exercises to develop their confidence in using them. Lunch and refreshments are included.

About the course tutor:

Course tutor Cliff Collis has over 25 years of experience in personal research in physiology and biochemistry medical schools in London, as well as specialising in science communication for scientists. He then went on to work at a large pharmaceutical company as a communication specialist, working with drug development teams helping them prepare documents and presentations for health authority meetings to progress new drugs through the drug development approval procedure.

Feedback from attendees at Cliff's course:

"One of the best courses I have attended, challenging and interactive, I have definitely learnt a lot." S

"I found it very informative and I think that it will help with my report writing, particularly with structuring arguments." James

 "Excellent presentation and well structured. Interactive tasks were useful and engaging" Chris

"Very good trainer who kept our attention and provided good explanations" Stephanie

"Excellent - Full of Useful Tips" Dawn

"Good, clear and broad course; will be of use for day-to-day work and also for bigger projects." Danni

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points. CPD is an important area of most career paths. It offers a mechanism by which you can document the work you do above and beyond your job role, aiding upwards progression. At the Society we promote the importance of CPD to all our members and provide a simple system for maintaining your progress throughout the year.

Our training is supporting of our professional registers competency framework where commitment to CPD and also competence in 5 key areas is required. Either for those who are currently registered and wanting to update their skills or for those who are looking to apply for registration. This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci)

Competency area: Interpersonal Skills.

(NB: Our training is there to support your skills development and attending this course only is not sufficient to meet the registers' competency requirement, this should be supported by other evidence of your competence in this area). 

We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 20 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Society members - £100 + VAT
Staff and members of Member Organisation, SCAS members, staff of HUBS members - £175 + VAT
Non-members - £300 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.

If you are booking on behalf of a colleague please add your contact details in the special requirements box.


For further information about the course please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.