Workshop 1: Effective and Efficient Knowledge Transfer – Three « Publish and Flourish» Workshops for New Scholars


5 October 2023 (full day - onsite and online)

Participation Fee:

  • 20 EUR (student)
  • 50 EUR (academic)
  • 80 EUR (professional)

About the Workshop

Graduating with a Ph.D. in any field means that you have promising career potential as an academic and social policy influencer. However, you are faced with the challenge of career advancement in an impact factor world. You want to know how to work smart and rapidly advance your career. This starts with coaching on “effectively and efficiently” writing papers and grants. Having the knowledge at your fingertips makes the production process less effortful and more rewarding. This is why I decided to put together a series of three workshops.

This is your paper or grant

Biology refers to structure and function

Your paper is structured like a timer and it functions as if it is on a timer. The introduction starts wide and acts as a funnel. The narrowest part of the paper is the procedure, which is in the methods section. From the first to the last lines of your introduction, concepts become less abstract. We do the opposite for the discussion. Said differently, we start with how a problem affects a target population. Concepts then become testable variables that are increasingly related to a hypothesis with a representative sample. In the methods, the “how-to” and “what happened” parts are very technical. We then discuss how the variables specifically behaved in the results and then offer concrete conclusions, which become increasingly generalizable and applicable in everyday life. We end with how the findings could potentially affect the population at large. The whole time we want your paper to be enjoyable and inspiring. We also want people, worldwide, to get the message without too much effort.

A solid series of writing workshops should cover the essentials of paper production, from start to finish. From this I mean that we will cover how to produce a generic title page all the way to how to write a cover letter that should get the paper reviewed and hopefully published! This workshop also tries to help the writing along, by reviewing common errors that even experienced writers typically produce. It would be important to have a mental checklist of such writing hazards. When publication is achieved, it is also great idea to have a bit of knowledge about organizing yourself for possible media exposure. Here is the content:

  • Structured and unstructured abstracts for meetings
  • Manuscript (observational/nonexperimental study)
  • Manuscript (experimental study)
  • Manuscript (qualitative study)
  • AMA and APA formats
  • Relationship between policy and research
  • Winning submissions and resubmissions
  • Compelling cover letters
  • Basics on press releases and embargoes
  • Writing pitfalls like word tics and writer’s block
  • Writing English as a second language can be easy

Sample Excerpts from the Workshops

“…Over 4 o 5 afternoons… When I write a paper, I always get going with short a “purpose” paragraph, accompanied by the results and followed by the methods. I then simultaneously write the introduction and discussion, ending with judiciously chosen references that show readers that I consume research of the same caliber as my chosen journal… The last thing we typically write is the abstract.”

Three workshops (in English and French)

  • Workshop 1. Efficiently academic story-telling in the form of a paper that can be written in 5 days.
  • Workshop 2. Effective knowledge transfer, from the first submission/rejections and resubmission, to then getting it on the news and dealing with journalists.
  • Workshop 3. Advice on easy paper production in academic yet reader-friendly English. I offer templates and shorthand ways of paper production to people whose first language is not English. I am trilingual (English, French, Italian) and am thus able to handle questions in several languages.

About the tutor

Linda S. Pagani

Linda S. Pagani

Professeure titulaire, Faculté des Arts et des Sciences, École de psychoéducation
Chercheure, Faculté de Médecine, CHU mère-enfant Sainte-Justine
Université de Montréal, Canada

Linda S. Pagani was born of post cold war-first-generation Italian immigrant parents. She was raised in the west end of the Greater Montreal area of Canada. Dr. Pagani worked as a registered nurse (1984-1994) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital of Montreal in medicine, surgery, CVA rehabilitation, and finally, psychiatry. During that decade, she also earned university degrees at both Concordia University (BA Psychology 1986-1989) and McGill University (MA and Ph.D. Educational and Counseling Psychology 1989-1993) in Montreal, Canada. In 1993-1994, Dr. Pagani pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université de Montréal, using some of the most valued and informative longitudinal data sets of North American children. After formally leaving hospital nursing in 1994, Dr Pagani began her professorial career at the University of Montreal. In 2005, Dr. Pagani was ranked Full Professor at the School of Psycho-Education. She also has served as Senior Researcher, since 1999, at the CHU Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center in the Brain Health Division.

Her research expertise examines modifiable factors in early childhood that affect human development. Her energy has been targeted at ultimately improving social/health policies addressing youth. She has always viewed psychology research/practice as a branch of public health. Her unique long-term research agenda currently examines: (1) Associated risks of screen-time in early childhood; (2) Associated benefits of physical activity and risks of sedentariness in childhood; and (3) Risks associated with a multitude of family environment factors such as maternal depression, second-hand smoke, minimized social interaction time, and bedroom screens. Dr. Pagani teaches and supervises fulltime at the University of Montreal including Research Methods and Scientific Writing, Social and Health Policy; and Clinical Evaluation and Treatment of ADHD. Her main clinical expertise as a practicing clinical health psychologist is the diagnosis and care of children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD, anxiety, and affective disorders. She offers 1-day, 3-day, or 5-day workshops on (1) scientific writing for AMA/APA journals; (2) ADHD Diagnosis/Care and (3) Social Science Research Methods.