Technical Report Writing

Technical reports have a critical role to play in any company that relies on the clear communication of research. Poorly-written reports can make it difficult to assess the significance of experimental results, the next steps to take in a development project or the quality of a product or process. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Organize the contents of a technical report
    • Use an appropriate structure for the contents of the report
    • Make the report easy to navigate
    • Achieve a logical flow of information to aid the reader’s comprehension
  • Achieve accuracy, brevity and clarity in their written work
    • Strategies for dealing with large bodies of data
    • Avoiding unnecessary words or phrases
    • Avoiding ambiguity and inappropriate jargon
  • Present data clearly in text, tables and graphs
    • Pictures can communicate an idea more quickly, effectively and accurately than words alone
    • A well-designed figure or table can convey, at a glance, differences, trends and variability in a data set
Areas Covered in the Session :

  • Introduction to report writing
    • Where to start
    • What makes a good technical author?
  • Organization and structure
    • Achieving a logical flow of information
    • Making the report readable and understandable
  • Achieving accuracy, brevity and clarity
    • Strategies to eliminate padding and improve understanding
  • Presenting data in:
    • Text
    • Tables
    • Figures
Who Should Attend:

  • Research and Development Departments
  • Quality Departments
  • Manufacturing Departments
  • Engineering Departments
  • Operations Departments
  • Information Technology Departments
  • Scientists and Analysts


Dr. Mark Powell

Mark Powell set up Mark Powell Scientific Limited to provide technical support for pre-clinical drug development, which may involve short-term help with specific problems or management of the analytical aspects of a development project, for new or existing compounds, as part of a multi-disciplinary team. He has an expertise in analytical method development and validation (including assay of impurities), design of stability testing studies and auditing of contract laboratories. Mark is also an experienced quality auditor, and can perform GMP audits of contract laboratories, including evaluation of compliance with data integrity requirements.

He also provides training services, which are accredited by the UK’s vocational skills agency, Cogent SSC, and are designed to ensure that analysts have the necessary theoretical and practical skills to perform their jobs competently. As well as courses in instrumental chemical analysis, He also provides training in basic laboratory skills and technical writing (analytical methods, SOPs and technical reports). Mark has recently been working with Spectroscopy Magazine to write and deliver an on-line training course in UV spectroscopy and has also been asked to provide training on behalf of the chromatography consumable company Hichrom.

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