Defence Materials Technology Centre (Melbourne – October 2014)

‘The DMTC presented Writing Clear Science with a diverse audience of PhD students, supervisors and project managers. The workshop was conducted in such a way that it catered for all levels of writing skills, engaging participants and creating very worthwhile discussions. This course is certainly recommended for people starting out in science writing, but also people who believe they have nothing more to learn! Highly recommended.’

Miles Kenyon, Program Development Manager and Education Program Leader

Water Science Branch, Department of Water  (Perth – October 2013)

–        Fantastic course – perfect marriage of content, scope, pace.

–        I thought the workshop was great. It has changed my way of thinking about writing reports. I think I am more confident in writing and able to critique the work of my peers and myself.

–        Very good and relevant to our branch.

Bureau of Meteorology  (Melbourne – May 2013) – Team manager

 ‘The workshop held in-house was well run and highly engaging. The content was very relevant to all facets of our business, particularly our public facing products and services. Our staff have noticeably changed the way they approach their writing for the better.’

FSA Consulting  (Toowoomba – March 2013) – written for the FSA newsletter by Robyn Tucker

 ‘The FSA Consulting technical staff recently invested two days in a “Writing Clear Science” workshop conducted by Dr Marina Hurley.  The workshop covered the entire process of writing, from how to ‘get your thoughts down on paper’ and structure your first draft to producing the final draft. The basic premise was that science writing should be accurate, clear, direct and succinct.

 The training provided a solid framework to improve both our writing and research skills. We covered how to start, what to write, how to structure sentences and paragraphs clearly and accurately, the essential aspects of punctuation necessary for accuracy, how to improve writing style, how to design documents for different audiences and different purposes, the standard scientific reporting framework, preparation of reports and papers, and how to clearly and concisely communicate a research project to a chosen audience.

The workshop was very beneficial with everyone identifying areas for improvement. ‘