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Back from Addis Ababa

By Barbara Gastel | April 14, 2008

Greetings again. Too long has passed since my last blog post.

The time has been busy. First came the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Then, sadly, came the memorial service for my father-in-law. Then, happily, came the first AuthorAID @ INASP workshop. Finally, just as I was starting to catch up on work, I developed a horrible cold. Whew!

The current post describes the first AuthorAID @ INASP workshop–held March 8 and 9 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–and provides materials from it. This workshop took place at AHRI/ALERT (the Armauer Hansen Research Institute/All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center), an excellent facility for a meeting.

Day 1 featured four lectures. The first ( addis-gastel-lec-1-approaching-writing.pdf), which I gave, discussed approaching a writing project. Then, in the second lecture, Professor B.S. Chandravanshi, editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, gave valuable advice on improving scientific writing ( chandravanshi-presentation.pdf).

The afternoon of Day 1, there were two more lectures: on writing a scientific paper ( addis-gastel-lec-2-writing-a-scientific-paper.pdf) and on publishing one ( addis-gastel-lec-3-publishing-a-journal-article.pdf).  Throughout the day, those attending the workshop asked many fine questions.

On Day 2, participants mainly met in small groups to discuss how they would use the lecture material in revising various parts of scientific papers they had drafted. Some photos from the workshop ( ahri-alert-workshop-photos.pdf) can be accessed if you wish to see them.

The participants’ main complaint was that the workshop was too short. I look forward to more–and, if possible, longer–AuthorAID @ INASP workshops.

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