WORKSHOP: WRITING ABOUT CANCER
INTRODUCTION TO CANCER FOR TRANSLATORS AND MEDICAL WRITERS
The course presents basic biological concepts and vocabulary from the cancer field
in a simple and yet scientific manner. It is designed as an interactive workshop
for translators and medical writers who do or may work with documents related to
cancer. Especially tailored exercises provide the immediate hands-
Translators and medical writers with no profound knowledge of the cancer field and little or no experience of writing about cancer. More experienced writers could also benefit by refining their understanding of some frequently confused concepts and terms.
Maximum 10 persons per group.
DATES AND VENUE
dates to discuss (suggested duration: two days)
your premises or Archamps Technopole, Archamps, France (15 min from the Geneva International Airport)
The objective is to provide translators and medical writers with an introduction
to the current knowledge on cancer (in both biological and clinical terms) as well
as with the basic vocabulary used when writing about cancer. If they engage fully
with the programme, the participants will end up understanding the basics of the
very fundamental concepts and terms from the cancer field. They will have also constituted
a set of useful tools and resources. All this would help them better understand cancer-
The course is a combination of short scientific presentations on cancer and practical exercises (group activities) tailored specifically for translators and medical writers. The workshop formula assumes active involvement of the participants who will not only hear but also write and talk about cancer. In addition to the group course, the trainer will be available for at least one extra hour per day for individual tutorials and discussions.
The course covers the following issues:
Katarzyna Szymańska, Science to the Point
Katarzyna Szymańska holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (specialty: cancer) and a postgraduate study diploma in languages and translation (specialty: English). She has extensive experience in cancer research as well as translation and editing of scientific documents, on both national (public and private) and international (WHO) level. In line with her international spirit, she has worked with people of different languages and cultures, in various contexts. As a university teacher, she has been involved in educational (knowledge transfer) programmes in developing countries and in other international exchanges. Through the workshop on writing about cancer she wishes to share her scientific knowledge and communication expertise in the complex cancer field she is passionate about in order to facilitate understanding and collaboration between people of different backgrounds contributing to a common goal of curbing cancer.
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