I help non-native English speakers express complex scientific ideas in clear English. I work with clients to craft powerful scientific stories that impress reviewers and funders.

Medical and scientific content editing

Protocols, papers, reports, and lay summaries in all areas of medical and health sciences research. Consulting and editing at any stage, from development to final submission.

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Grant writing and coaching

I have successfully consulted on most major SNSF and EU grants and would be happy to share my experience and expertise with teams working in medicine and health research.

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Scientific writing workshops

I offer a full range of online and in-person standard or customized workshops in scientific writing in Switzerland (including UniBern, UniBasel, SSPH+) and internationally.

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The highest compliment an editor can receive is, “You helped me say exactly what I wanted to say.”

Kali Tal, PhD

For over a decade, I have worked as a freelance medicine and health sciences editor and grant writer/consultant in Switzerland, and I also developed a series of popular scientific writing workshops designed to aid non-native English speakers who must write strong scientific papers and grant applications in English.  I am an experienced grant consultant, editor, and writer, and am familiar with Swiss National Science Foundation applications at all levels and with most of the major EU grant applications.  I would be happy to hear from you if I think I can help you with your current project. I do provide free cost estimates.

Medical and scientific content editing

Content editors are highly trained specialists who can constructively critique the structure and content of your manuscript in addition to copy editing and proof reading.

You’re an expert researcher who designs and carries out experiments with care. Your science is top-notch, but you may be less confident of your writing skills, especially in English. I’m a skilled editor and writer who understands the scientific story you want to tell. Together we can craft strong scientific narratives that will showcase your research.  

Grammarly, ChatGPT, Deepl and other tech tools are useful, but they cannot generate strong, original, accurate scientific narratives that reliably capture your intent. In a market now flooded with sound-alike ChatGPT manuscripts, good editing is more important than ever. (Learn more…)

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Grant writing and coaching

Experienced grant writers have written multiple successful grants for the same funders and they know what funders want. A grant coach works with scientists to develop their proposal and shares techniques for increasing a proposal’s chance of success.

Helping good projects obtain the funding they deserve is deeply satisfying. For over a decade, I have aided medical and health researchers in their grant applications, primarily to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and EU agencies, and also to foundations, ranging from the Gates Foundation to smaller local organizations.

If you need an editor for your near-complete grant application, I am happy to assist you. But I prefer working with individuals and teams from the early draft stages, collaboratively crafting your application for maximum effect. If you think I can help with your application, get in touch. References available upon request. (Learn more…)

The best advice for scientific writers:
Write while you do science, not after.
I can show you how.

Scientific writing workshops

Participants in scientific writing workshops learn the organizational and writing skills essential to efficiently crafting excellent scientific papers that meet today’s stringent data reporting guidelines.

I began designing scientific writing workshops in 2011, to meet the needs of international graduate students in public health and medicine at the University of Bern. These courses have expanded into a full curricula. In Switzerland, these courses are integrated into the medical and pharmacy curriculum and available through the Medical Library of UniBern and


If you would like to arrange for one of my course modules to be taught at your institution, or if you would like me to design a custom scientific writing course or curriculum, please contact me. In Switzerland, I teach these courses through the Medical Library of the University of Bern. Outside of Switzerland, I teach them on a freelance basis. (Learn more…)

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