For the third consecutive year CIDRZ conducted a week-long Scientific Writing Capacity Development Workshop for junior and mid-career CIDRZ researchers and post graduate students from The University of Zambia School of Medicine, as well as trainees from Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.
This practical and intensive scientific writing training opportunity was facilitated by published CIDRZ faculty and mentors led by Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Roma Chilengi, Principal Investigator of the Hepatitis research programme, Dr Michael Vinikoor, Senior Research Technical Advisor, Anjali Sharma PhD, and Head of the Analysis Unit, Samuel Bosomprah PhD.
Successful production of a written product for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal requires substantial effort. Among known barriers to effective writing are lack of experience, poor writing habits, unfamiliarity with the requirements of scholarly writing, and resistance to constructive feedback. How these barriers are handled generally determines whether a scholar ends up with a successful research career, or remains in the shadows of others thriving scientifically.
To be selected to attend this training opportunity applicants had to submit competitive abstracts on a topic relevant to public health in Zambia and the region, and to have access to clean data sets ready for final analysis. During the week the students received lectures on scientific writing, and individualised mentoring in writing and revising their draft. Each applicant had to commit to continued work with their mentor after the course so they could eventually present a manuscript ready for submission for publication.
More than 20 trainees benefitted from this Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Consortium-and ViiV Healthcare funded training opportunity.