SEQ | Writing effective reports | Sunshine Coast venue

The workshop will be interactive and will include a mix of presentation, facilitated discussion, exercises and video clips of CSIRO leaders offering their insights and advice on several aspects of report-writing.

What are the objectives of the workshop?

  • To help participants understand the needs and context of the intended audience of a report
  • Identify the features of successful and unsuccessful reports
  • Practice the skills required to write well-structured and easy-to-read reports, including the ability to be precise, clear, concise, and interesting
  • Write an executive summary that appeal to readers
  • Produce reports that deliver on the organisation’s commitments and reputation.

Who should attend?

  • The workshop will especially benefit anyone with a report in development. This workshop will assist with planning, structuring, and writing reports and provide insights to help participants clearly communicate with key stakeholders.
  • Environmental professional, including scientists, engineers, planners, impact assessment professionals
  • Officers within local, State and Federal government
  • Academics and students.

Participants will be expected to bring with them a report, or results pertaining to a report, that they will work on during the exercises. This will ensure relevant practice in the topics presented and provide an opportunity for immediate feedback from the facilitator and co-participants. Exercises will focus on understanding the needs of readers and users, the purpose of the report, and how to create a compelling message in plain English that achieves the desired outcomes for the organisation and the customer.

Participants will be provided with a course manual containing the presentations, key points in preparing a successful report and a list of additional resources.
Registration for the workshop will also include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Meet the presenter

Dr Steve Danczak | CSIRO Publishing Scientific Writing Workshops Facilitator and Manager

Steve is an educator at CSIRO Publishing, also teaching the successful Writing Winning Scientific Proposals and Publishing with Impact workshops. Steve started his career as an organic chemist studying thin-film organic solar cells. He then worked in industry as a polymer and process chemist for Dulux and Orica. Steve has spent 9 years teaching chemistry and science communication at tertiary institutions including Monash University, the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and La Trobe University. This led him to complete a PhD at Monash University in chemistry education producing internationally recognised research on the development of critical thinking in STEM students. Recently Steve has been working with Monash Student Academic Success teaching students academic writing, argumentation and critical thinking until he joined CSIRO in 2022.

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Event details

When: 23 August 2024
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Venue 114
Meeting Room 1&2, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

Cost: $490 - EIANZ Members, 590 non-members

Registrations Close: 15th August 24 5:30 PM

Contact: Central Office on 03 8593 4140 or

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