Speaker on topics in communicating science and publishing. Teacher and developer of courses that transfer essential skills to scientific authors and to editors.  In demand as a workshop leader on communication skills.


  • Communicating your research to a lay audience (Canadian Association for HIV Research 2015)
  • New editorial and publishing technologies (Editors’ Association of Canada annual conference 2014)
  • Communicating research through social media (Taylor and Francis editors’ workshop 2014)
  • Moderator, panel discussion on reporting on biomedical studies (Canadian Science Writers’ Association annual conference 2012)
  • How to get your article accepted in high impact factor journals (Carleton University biology faculty 2012, and University of Ottawa medical faculty 2013)
  • Marketing your journal internationally (Canadian Association of Learned Journals 2013)
  • Ethics in scientific publication (Editors’ Association of Canada annual conference)
  • Careers in editing and writing (Algonquin College Technical Writing program, continuing)


Academic writing and publishing course 2011–2015

Developed and co-taught a course in fundamental scientific writing skills in English and journal publishing principles for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

  • Principles of clear scientific communication (journal articles)
  • Explaining objectives of research in terms of significance, relevance and novelty
  • Understanding the scientific publishing process and what editors are looking for

Two- to three-week course delivered several times a year in Mexico City and other locations in Mexico.

Preparation course for Editors Canada certification exam 20172018

Developed and taught a two-month online course on stylistic editing skills for Queen’s University

  • Understanding audience, medium and purpose
  • Progressive learning of approaches at paragraph, sentence and vocabulary level
  • Useful readings, resources and exercises from real draft manuscripts


Writing/editing instructor 19932018

Developed and delivered workshops:

  • Effective science and social science writing, Centre for Excellence in Communication, Nov. 2015; for Statistics Canada, May 2016
  • Principles of citation (half-day workshop), Conference Board of Canada, November 2013; Canadian Medical Protective Association, December 2015; Editors’ Association of Canada, Dec. 2013, June 2017, March 2018; (on site, Conestoga College) June 2014
  • Editing scientific papers and reports (Editors’ Association of Canada), Feb. 2011, Feb. 2013, Nov. 2015
  • Feature Writing, Centre for Excellence in Communications, February 2012, October 2012, November 2013, November 2015
  • Editing on computer (Editors’ Association of Canada, American Medical Writers Association), 1993–97