Argumentation in Scientific Writing

Argumentation in Scientific Writing

Also available as Online-Course!

Scientists have to be able to present their arguments in a precise and convincing way. However, when writing their papers, many scientists rely on intuition rather than on concrete methods. This course provides participants with all the techniques they need to know in order to state their arguments precisely, correctly and convincingly. The course starts with the basic concepts of reasoning and logic: validity and soundness of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning, common types of logical inferences. From these basics, we derive useful techniques for argumentation in scientific texts. Throughout the course participants get the chance to apply the acquired skills directly to their own work, to get feedback on already existing manuscripts and to produce new texts on their research topics.

Critical Reasoning and Logic

Thesis Defense Training

Discussing and Communicating Research

Communicating Science



basic concepts of logic


deductive vs. inductive arguments


basic argument-patterns


tips for stating arguments in texts


revising participants’ manuscripts


reconstruction arguments from the text


The participants…


state their arguments in a precise and logically coherent way


quickly identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments


write accessible texts


The seminar is interactive throughout. It includes extensive exercises that aim at the application of the acquired skills to the participants’ work. Participants can bring existing manuscripts to the course and get the chance to edit them with the help of feedback from other participants and the trainer.

Groupsize / Duration

Max.12 participants


2 days, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


seminar script including a bibliography (pdf document)


exercise sheets

We are happy to send you a seminar script with a detailed time line and explanations to the single methods on your request. Contact us.

Our participants say…

Dahlem Research School (DRS)

”It was a great workshops, the best I have ever taken from the DRS catalogue. Thank you!” (Feb 2020)

TU München

”It was the best course I have taken so far. I loved it and feel that it will completely change my approach when dealing with scientific literature or production of scientific texts.” (April 2019)

Dahlem Research School Berlin (DRS)

“This is a very relevant course that every PhD student would find it worthwhile.” (Feb 2019)

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