Professor Pasi Fränti

Course organizing commitee

The course is mainly organized for ECSE students. However, students from other departments and universities are all welcome.
  • ECSE students: free (including lectures, accommodation, social program)
  • Participants from other departments of UEF: free (including lectures, social program)
  • The others: 100 euros (including lectures, social program)

Registration has ended.

The lecturer encourages the course participants to purchase his book which is used as the course material. If you are interested to purchase the book, we will place a mass order to publisher. Therefore, please kindly inform us if you would like to commit in purchasing the following book at price of thirty euros (30 EUR):
Jean-Luc Lebrun, "Scientific Writing 2.0 --
A Reader and Writer's Guide" (paperback), World
Scientific, 280 pages, July 2011.
Important: this is a binding purchase - you must bring the cash (30 EUR) to the course organizers to reclaim the book.

Registration payment by bank transfer:
Account holder: University of Eastern Finland
Bank: Nordea Bank Finland Plc
Address: Kauppakatu 28, FIN-70100 Kuopio, Finland
Account no.: 174130-2291
IBAN no.: FI16 1741 3000 0022 91
Reference: ECSE 65276+name of participant/Scientific Writing


Joensuu is located next to the Russian border and about 400 km North-East from the capital of the country. It is a vivid student city. With approximately 15 000 students and 2 800 members of staff, University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university has campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. The activities of the new university underscore multidisciplinarity. The four faculties of the University of Eastern Finland, i.e. the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, offer teaching in more than 100 major subjects.

You can find timetables for train and buses here.
From airport you can take a taxi directly or an airport bus to the city center.


Accomodation for participants from within ECSE will be arranged.
For the other participants, you need to arrange accommodation yourself.
The following are affordable (low-budget) options in Joensuu:

* - approximate price
For more information, please contact with the organizers.

Course is held in M100, Metria Building.
Joensuu, 6-8.8. 2012, in Metria M100

School of Computing arranges a workshop on scientific writing, together with Jean-Luc Lebrun .

Feedback forms

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Click here to give feedback for SWAN tool

Course content: (material for participants)

Module 1: The "Why" and the "How" of each item in a standard scientific paper structure: title, abstract, introduction, body (headings, subheadings, tables and graphs), conclusion, and references.
Module 2: The writing process and the writing strategy.
Module 3: Elementary principles of composition: reaching clarity, conciseness, precision and fluidity in writing.
Module 4: Identification of writing problems: a walkthrough process to detect structural problems at the sentence, paragraph, and paper level.
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Pre-course instuctions to the participants:

You are expected to prepare BEFORE THE CLASS as follows: firstly, you need to have a scientific paper -- manuscript/draft, accepted paper or published paper -- authored by yourself, in electronic format. If you do not have any publication yet, then choose a publication you have read several times and are very familiar with. Do NOT select a review/survey paper.

You should process your paper through the freely available Scientific Writing AssistANt (SWAN) software ( before the class. The above webpage gives all the details how to install and use that software. We recommend that you prepare either a Microsoft word (.doc, .docx), OpenOffice or LaTeX source file as an input to the software (pdf files not recommended). This software gives you lots of feedback about your paper and the lecturer will go through the rationale behind the feedback during his course in detail. You can use SWAN to export your evaluation results to a file / print them out.

After you have processed your paper using SWAN, bring the printed evaluation report to the class. In addition, collect all of your VISUALS in your paper (figures, diagrams, illustrations, tables, graphs, ...) on separate pages. Prepare as many pages as you have visuals in your paper. In each page, place the following elements:

a) The visual (colour version if original is in colour)
b) The legend which is under the visual
c) The page number on which the visual is placed
d) Every paragraph in the paper that refers to that visual.