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.

ADMISSION FEE: CHF 50 Please pay in advance before registering below using PayPal to account andreas.koschak@ieee.org (Section Chair)

If online payment doesn't work, please pay the exact amount cash at the door.

  Date and Time




  • Lucerne University of applied Sciences / Campus Horw
  • Technikumstrasse 21
  • Horw, Switzerland
  • Switzerland 6048
  • Building: Campus Horw
  • Room Number: C210
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  • Co-sponsored by IBM
  • Starts 20 May 2015 09:35 PM
  • Ends 17 June 2015 08:00 PM
  • All times are Europe/Berlin
  • Admission fee
  • Register


Lilli-Maria Pavka of IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory


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.