Workshop on technical writing held in Jamaica
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CTA. 1994. Workshop on technical writing held in Jamaica . Spore 50. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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From 25-28 October 1993, CARDI with financial assistance from CTA, organized a technical writing workshop
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for every agricultural research : scientist. Without it, excellent research may have little impact and important discoveries would not be available for further research or for application by producers. The implications of new technologies may not be fully understood by policymakers and opportunities to develop new and better farming methods may not be followed up. CTA has been conscious of the importance of effective communication in agricultural development and has been supporting the organization of training workshops in scientific editing and publishing, scientific writing and producing agricultural extension materials. From 25-28 October 1993, CARDI with financial assistance from CTA, organized a technical writing workshop for 16 Jamaican agricultural research scientists. In 1992, two similar workshops were organized in Trinidad and St Lucia. Three main areas were covered: the section on introduction to written communication for scientists reviews the general principles required for conveying scientific information, the requirement for different written media, e.g. journal articles, conference papers, internal reports etc. Participants were also able to discuss the agricultural media linkages. The section on 'Writing style for technical publications' covers the whole question of style from vocabulary, verbosity and ambiguity to the use of symbols and abbreviations as preferred by different journals and publishers. Of particular interest was a course on the treatment of tables, charts and graphs and on how to choose the most appropriate of these three for presenting data. By restricting the number of topics to be covered and number of participants, the trainers laid more emphasis on practical exercise and exchange of experiences. Participants brought work from their institutes which they worked on and improved during the course. Requests for this type of training are increasing and CARDI and CTA plan to organize two more workshops in 1994.