17 September 2021

Vilnius University Hosts the 2021 Arqus Annual Conference

From 5th to 7th October 2021, Vilnius University (VU) will host the 2021 Annual Conference of the Arqus European University Alliance. Key executives, rectors of Alliance universities, international experts in...

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16 September 2021

Have an Innovative Idea? MITA Invites Startups to Apply for the “TechHub” Pre-Accelerator

The Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) and Vilnius University (VU) invites startup teams and those with innovative ideas to register for the fourth cohort of the “TechHub” pre-accelerator...

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15 September 2021

Project UNIcorn Will Accelerate Research-Based Innovations and Strengthen Entrepreneurship

Since the European Commission aims to strengthen research and education institutions' innovation and entrepreneurship potential over the next few years, 23 consortia from 32 countries were selected through a call...

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13 September 2021

The Arqus Management Team and the Student Council Meet Face-to-Face in Granada for the First Time

After a period where traveling was highly restricted, the Arqus Management Team and the Arqus Student Council have had the opportunity to hold a 3-day meeting each at the University...

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9 September 2021

Scientist of VU 60 percent of all occupations have at least one third of operations that can be automated

Self-driving trucks, robotic surgical systems for complex remote surgeries - these are just a few examples of robotics that still amaze us today, but without them, the future of both...

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9 September 2021

Installation by J. Vaitkutė and Young VU Researchers Featuring the Invisible World of Vilnius Microorganisms

The artist Jolita Vaitkutė Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM 2021, a team of young researchers at the Vilnius University (VU) invite all to take a look at the world of microorganisms, something that...

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Scientific writing workshop for MD and PhD students

ScientificVilnius University’s (VU) Faculty of Medicine together with the Department of Doctoral and Postdoctoral studies organized its first-ever workshop in scientific writing for fourteen MD/PhD students from the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences Centre. The guest instructor was Terese Bergfors from the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Uppsala University (Sweden) and a former journal editor.

“We strongly believe that the skills our PhD students gained in this course will help tremendously when writing their PhD thesis. We’re happy to provide such an opportunity to comply with our general competences initiative,” said Professor Janina Tutkuvienė, Chair of the Doctoral Committee for PhD studies in Medicine.

“Scientific writing courses should become mandatory for all PhD students at Vilnius University, this is vital. I’m proud we can offer it to our students”, said Prof. Kęstutis Strupas, Head of Department of Gastroenterology, Surgery and Nephro-urology at the Faculty of Medicine.

Over the 2-day workshop, students learned construction of sentences and paragraphs for English-language texts. Essential parts of a medical paper, like the PICO elements and research statement, were also covered, as well as two linguistic tools – the CARS template and phrase banks.

"Every scientist must publish their research, but writing is hard work, and even harder when English might not be the writer's first language. This is where templates can be of great help. They provide a ready-made structure for the writer," said Terese Bergfors.

Participants submitted a 300-word essay before the course, after which they discussed it with the instructor, one-on-one, during the final afternoon. Many found this to be the most enjoyable part of the workshop.

"As long as the paper has a proper structure, grammar is easy to fix. But personalized feedback is important, because not everyone has the same problems with their writing" said the instructor.

Several students commented that the workshop was the first opportunity they ever had for formal instruction in scientific writing. "It was an eye-opener", stated one participant. The workshop was a well-received initiative from the Faculty of Medicine (Professor Janina Tutkuvienė and PhD student Aistė Kielaitė-Gulla) and supported by the Department of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies at Vilnius University, in particular, Dr. Virginija Uksienė and Lina Janionienė.