Online Scientific Writing Retreat (registration closed)

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Date(s) - 12/04/2021 - 16/04/2021
All Day



IBA welcomes you to a 1-week online workshop on scientific writing! This course is meant to provide a virtual space to meet up, learn and talk about your writing. This course will be online to widen participation and interaction across the IBA network (and partly because of COVID).

Start date: April 12th – 09:00

Sign up with this link:

Deadline for sign up: Wednesday March 17th 

Open to all IBA members free of charge

See schedule under

 Activities include:

  • Lectures on basic writing skills and how to give constructive feedback
  • Morning warm-up sessions with online discussion groups
  • Shut up and write” sessions
  • Group work with discussion and feedback

About the course:

We all need to write in science! We therefore have something very important in common no matter what we research. With this in mind, this course is founded upon ideas of collaborative learning. If we have a common basis of knowledge, then we can work together to improve all our writing and communication skills.

We will begin the retreat with some lectures on basic writing skills that are very important to our academic writing. We will continue with daily warm-up sessions including smaller online discussion groups. “Shut-up-and-write” sessions will take place for 2 hours twice during the week. Each session will be followed by a group discussion on what we achieved and what we found challenging.

The course is perfect if you are working on your thesis introduction (“kappe”), an article, a poster, a proposal or a scientific blogpost. However, you are welcome to join even if you are not actively writing at the moment. You are also very welcome to join this online retreat again even if you have previously attended.

All activities will take place on Zoom so please make sure you’ve signed up to the free version (at least). Many of you will have access to Zoom through your University.


12th-16th April


0900-0945: Introduction

1000-1045: Cutting Clutter

1100-1145: Active and passive voices



0900-0945: Warm-up exercises

1000-1045: Structure + flow

1100-1145: Discussion + Introduction to Shut-up-and-write sessions



0900-0945: Warm-up exercises

1000-1200: Shut-up-and-write session

1215-1300: Feedback discussion



0900-0945: Warm-up exercises

1000-1045: Discussion and questions

1300-1400: Individual group meetings



0900-0945: Warm-up exercises

1000-1200: Shut-up-and-write session

1215-1330: Feedback discussion and ways forward



Online through Zoom. Links will be sent out by e-mail.


If you have any questions, queries or suggestions, then do not hesitate to get in touch with Mathew or Tina:

Mathew:, +47 99532473



 The instructor

Mathew Stiller-Reeve has a PhD in Meteorology and has published several peer-reviewed articles on the monsoon as well as interdisciplinary and communication issues. He founded the SciSnack writing community in 2012 when he developed a collaborative writing process and helped start several writing groups around the world. He and 12 international co-authors published this process in 2016, and since then it has been used by summer schools and communication initiatives around the world. Recently, he has become a Thematic Editor of the Geoscience Communication journal and has developed a peer-review process that he recently published on He has held writing seminars and courses over the past 3 years, both in Uganda and Norway.