Professional Skills (b)

Period:  1st (Fall semester)

ECTS:  3

Course contents:

Topic 1 Communication in Science

  • Basic aspects of scientific English.
  • Preparation of a scientific CV.
  • Preparing publications.
  • Preparing talks and posters.

Topic 2 Proposals for Research Grants

  • General structure of funding schemes.
  • Partners search and the formation of scientific consortia.
  • Writing grant applications.

Topic 3 Innovation

  • Basic concepts on entrepreneurship.
  • Structure and contents of a business plan.
  • Spin-off companies.

Topic 4 Intellectual property

  • Patents: objectives.
  • Writing a patent.
  • Patent exploitation.


  • The Craft of Scientific Writting, Springer, ISBN 978-0387947622.
  • Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded, Oxford, ISBN 978-0199760244.
  • Elements of Style, Pearson Longman, ISBN 978-0205309023.
  • CIADE UAM (, curso de emprendedores.
  • Fundación General UAM (, curso de promoción de patentes.
  • Oficina de Proyectos Internacionales UAM (


Coordinador: Roberto Otero Martín


More info on the course official guide (Guía docente)