Meet to Write

Meet to Write

‘Meet to Write’ is a tailor-made framework of ongoing short modules to support PhD researchers in developing their writing style and habits that will guide them towards completion of manuscripts such as:

  • Publications
  • PhD proposals or PhD theses
  • Memos
  • Science communication articles, blog entries or similar.

‘Meet to Write’ consists of compact independent modules of four weekly sessions structured as follows:

  • A theoretical part covering a specific topic about scientific writing. See separate box on this page.
  • A focused writing part, where participants meet and write using the ‘Pomodoro’ technique guided by the session moderator Anja Matthiä from PPHS
  • A feedback part, where participants can receive feedback from their peers and/or a language expert.

Participants can drop in and out, selecting those specific topics and activities most suited to their needs and schedules.

Learning objectives
Participants will have the chance to:

  • Develop a concise and convincing writing style
  • Acquire and practice peer feedback and review skills
  • Obtain the theory of writing scientific manuscripts
  • Develop consistent writing habits
  • Complete scientific writing projects.

The 4-week modules run continuously, using a similar structure:

  • Week 1: 1h Expert input & 2h writing
  • Week 2: 3h Writing
  • Week 3: 1h Peer feedback & 2h writing
    In the first hour of the session, the reviewer explains his comments to the author and hands over the feedback form.
  • Week 4: 3h Writing including 1:1 expert feedback in four consecutive 30min sessions

University of Basel PhD candidates of the Medical Faculty, Swiss TPH, with PhD subject ‘Epidemiology’ at the Faculty of Science, and G3S, plus members of the SSPH+ Inter-university Graduate Campus.

In the online format, no maximum number of participants is specified. Up to 4 participants can receive feedback by the expert in the 1:1 sessions. Preferred are participants registered to PPHS. When on-site sessions are possible again, they will be limited to 15 participants.

Dr. Riana Paola-Roos holds a D. Litt. et Phil. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has taught English in various educational institutions in Switzerland, England and South Africa. Within the field of linguistics and language teaching, she has published and is particularly interested in Academic English and English for Specific Purposes. She offers academic writing courses at master’s and doctoral levels at the Language Centre of the University of Basel and other educational institutions.

Kali Tal, PhD

Anke Berger, PhD, Managing Editor, International Journal of Public Health and Public Health Reviews

Workload & credits
Each participant individually decides about the workload. There are no ECTS directly awarded for the ‘Meet & Write’ opportunity. However, we encourage you to make a learning contract in consultation with your supervisor. PPHS will track your attendance and your participation in the peer feedback process; your supervisor assesses the outcome of your writing effort for the purposes of the learning contract. Find an example of the learning contract here.


To participate, registration is required until one week before the respective session takes place. If you need to make changes to your registration, please inform us by email. Registration will stay open if there are still places available.


  • Registration to dates of module 3-24 September 2021

    You receive an email with all your answers, so you can always check what dates you registered for.
  • Registration to dates of module 1-22 October 2021

    You receive an email with all your answers, so you can always check what dates you registered for.
Minimal Standards

‘Meet to Write’ covers all competencies. It’s focused on scientific writing (“Knowledge and Scientific”), but it will also improve your “Organization and Management” skills by working structurally on writing projects. In addition, it will increase your communication skills (“Leadership and Personal”).


This is a hybrid course (online & on site).

  • Online: Zoom link will be provided
  • On site: due to the current situation the course takes place online only
Upcoming Dates

Regular attendance is recommended, but not mandatory. Registration is required.

24-09-2021, 09:00 to 12:00Expert feedback & Writing
01-10-2021, 09:00 to 12:00Expert input & Writing
08-10-2021, 09:00 to 12:00Writing, Writing & Writing
15-10-2021, 09:00 to 12:00Peer feedback & Writing
22-10-2021, 09:00 to 12:00Expert feedback & Writing
Topics for expert inputs

1 Oct 2021
Attractive abstracts
Authors need to write attractive abstracts that spark interest in their research to draw readers to publications in the competitive research world. This two-hour input session with practical tasks offers guidance on the content, structure and language conventions of conference and research article abstracts.
If you have written an abstract that you would like to improve, you could work on that or, if you have not yet written one, you can start writing it during the session.
with Riana Paola

In fall 2021, PPHS members have the additional opportunity to join Kali Tal’s online courses about those topics

  • Writing the Discussion Section of a Scientific Paper
  • Writing the Introduction of a Scientific Paper
  • Effective Tables, Figures and Slides: Basic Graphic Design for Scientific Researchers
  • Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Submitting Your Scientific Article and Responding to Reviewers
  • Managing Co-Authors and the Ethics of Authorship
  • Poster Design for Scientific Conferences

More information and registration

More to come soon

*Interested in a specific topic about academic writing?
Please, let us know and we set up an input on that topic.

Writing 9-12 with Julia

“Join us for a collective start of the week. We will write together, each on his/her own thesis or work-in-progress for an article.” 
Also open to current PPHS members, PhDs from the Medical Faculty and the Swiss TPH. More details are available here.