Writing as a scientist and the mistakes we make

Communicating scientific ideas in a written form is a big part of every scientist’s life. Whether it’s lab reports, journal papers, emails or proposals, we need to convey complex points and ideas to an audience that has more or less (or none at all) knowledge of our work. It is not uncommon to find texts that lack clarity and lose focus on the main points even in papers intended for a well-informed audience within the field. Scientific writing is a skill that every student needs to learn during their PhD and keep training throughout their career. Even though different people prefer different writing styles, in this workshop I will present some common tips to help with the writing process, like understanding the audience and the style suited best for that audience. I will also discuss the most common mistakes we make and how to fix them or even avoid them completely. The topics of this workshop are based on a well-established book “The Craft of Scientific Writing” by Michael Alley. 

Mateo Kruljac was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1995. In 2013 he graduated from “I. gimnazija” high school in Zagreb and enrolled at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb in an integrated undergraduate and graduate study of research Physics. During his student days, he was an active participant in Open Door Days of the Faculty, a member of student organizations and a student representative. He graduated in 2018 with a master’s degree in Physics.
From September 2018 to December 2022, he was employed at the Institute of Physics as a research assistant where he did his PhD research. He was a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Science for experimental courses. His area of expertise includes experimental work with lasers, optics, atomic physics and cold atoms, alkali vapor spectroscopy, optical resonators and frequency combs. He is currently employed as a postdoc at the Institute of Physics in Zagreb.
He actively participated in popular science events, including lab tours, visits, public events and TV programs.