Technical Writing Workshop


English Technical-Writing Workshop

An important goal of scientific research is publication, which means that technical writing is an integral part of a scientist's profession. Poor writing can, and often does, prevent or delay the publication of good science. Based on the "Top Ten" most common errors, this hands-on workshop will ask participants to examine and improve typical text excerpts from actual scientific manuscripts.

Topics include:

  • which vs. that
  • allows to, permits to, requires to (transitive and intransitive verbs)
  • dangling participles
  • ambiguities, parsing and syntax
  • and much more

The workshop is aimed at proficiency-level writers of technical English.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 27 Nov 2019
  • Time: 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are Europe/Zurich
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  • Lucerne University of applied Sciences / Campus Horw
  • Technikumstrasse 21
  • Horw, Switzerland
  • Switzerland 6048
  • Building: Campus Horw
  • Room Number: C311
  • Co-sponsored by HSLU
  • Starts 01 November 2019 08:00 AM
  • Ends 25 November 2019 10:00 PM
  • All times are Europe/Zurich
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  • No Admission Charge


Lilli-Maria Pavka


Lilli-Marie Pavka is a native English speaker, experienced copyeditor of scientific and technical manuscripts, instructor of Cambridge business English courses and Webmaster at the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory. She has improved countless scientific papers for her IBM colleagues and has given this workshop IBM-internally and at various research institutes, including ETH, Max Planck Institut Mainz, Max Planck Institut Stuttgart, Bracco Research (Geneva), and the IEEE Swiss Chapter.



09:00  – 09:30 : Introduction
09:30  – 10:45 : First session (Nominalizations, Wordiness, Redundancies, Qualitative vs Quantitative, Dangling participles)
10:45  – 11:00 : Coffee break
11:00  – 12:45 : Second session (Allows to, Parallel constructions, Which vs that, Ambiguities,  Miscellaneous)
12:45  – 13:00 : Distribution of attendance certificates
13:00  – 14:00 : Lunch break
14:00  – 18:00 : [New] Optional afternoon session: Complete worksheets as needed, one-on-one discussions (bring sample of own writing)