Invitation to participate in Scientific Writing Workshop

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Invitation to participate in Scientific Writing Workshop

The Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) warmly invites you to a three-day training workshop on Scientific Writing from October 17 -19, 2018 at ZEGU Harare campus, Zimbabwe.

The workshop is tailor‐made for lecturers in Universities, Polytechnics and Teacher Colleges, MPhil and PhD candidates, Programme Managers/Officers of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Monitoring and Evaluation Officers/Managers of NGOs and all whose responsibilities involve research supervision and report writing. The workshop is mainly practical-oriented and aims to provide structure, advice and motivation through writing a paper for publication or a report for important decision making. The exercises will focus specifically on  report and publication writing and will be led by experienced scientific writing trainers. Participants are expected to work on their own papers/reports. Also, there will be a balance between plenary sessions, group discussions, individual writing time and one‐to‐one work with experienced editors.

After the workshop, participants can continue to work on their manuscripts/reports and send their draft for direct editorial feedback and publishing. Certificates of participation will be awarded.


  1. Planning and editing
  2. Understanding the writing process
  3. Breaking down the structure of papers to generate writing goals
  4. Toppling and tailing
  • Title, Abstract, Introduction, Background, Conclusions and the importance of titles and subheadings and how to write them
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Appendices
  1. Ethics of Authorship
  2. Literature Review and Analysis
  3. Some amazing stuff on paragraphs and tables, and images and how to use them to transform your writing
  4. Mastering jargon and developing your style
  5. Drafting, editing and proof reading: a process for producing a polished draft
  6. Techniques for being an effective writer
  7. Understanding the stylistic demands of journals
  8. Publishing
  • Submitting the manuscript
    • Responding to editors
    • Correcting proofs

N/B: Other aspects suggested during your online registration will also be included as part of the above topics hence, interested participants are encouraged to register on time.


Learning Outcome: By the end of the course, participants should be well on the way to producing a draft of their research paper/report through the writing knowledge and skills acquired.

 Target Audience

  • University lecturers
  • Polytechnics lecturers
  • College lecturers
  • Quality Assurance personnel in Higher Education Institutions, Colleges and Polytechnics
  • Those whose responsibilities involve research supervision and report writing
  • Personnel in Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and International organizations including NGO Directors, Programme/Project Officers and Managers and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officers
  • Students in Higher & Tertiary Education
  • Industry and government stakeholders
  • Broad categories: Civil society, Industry, Academia and Government stakeholders
  • Any person who requires capacity building in his/her Scientific Writing Skills

 Required materials: Participants are required to come along with a manuscript draft or any other material, such as literature searches or data analysis, which they can draw on through the workshop, and a laptop

For accommodation, invitation, visa and other logistical arrangements, Please contact the individuals below:


Professor Sunungurai Chingarande-        Mobile: +263 772 260 218

Dr James Tsabora-                                      Mobile: +263 772 363 429

Mrs Margaret Zunguze-                          Mobile: +263 783 371 045


 Ghana: Dr Violet Makuku: or

WhatsApp Mobile No: +233 263 129 798

 Fee per individual: US$500. 00 (No cheques)


For locals in Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University

ZB Bank

Bindura Branch

Account No: 4536-772451-200


 For participants outside Zimbabwe

Ghana Cedi Account: Exchange Rate Fluctuates

Account Name:   Association  of African Universities

Name of Bank:    Standard Chartered Bank

High Street Branch

Accra- Ghana

Account Number:        0100100581500

Swift Code:              SCBLGHAC


Ghana (Dollar Account)

ACCOUNT NAME:           Association of African Universities
BANK NAME:                                    Standard Chartered Bank

High Street Branch, Accra-Ghana

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 8700202448801
CORRESPONDENT BANK: Standard Chartered Bank

New York

ABA No. 026002561


Nigeria (Naira Account) :Exchange Rate Fluctuates

Account Name:         CVC/AAU

Bank:                              Access Bank PLG


PLOT 1012, Cadastral Zone

Central Business District, FCT Abuja


Account Number:            0730902405



Account Name:                CVC/AAU

Bank:                                  Access Bank PLG

PPPRA Branch, Abuja

PLOT 1012, Cadastral Zone

Central Business District, FCT Abuja


Account Number:          0731023358


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