Hilary is a senior teacher of academic STEMM communication at the Centre for Academic English. Her primary focus is on research writing for doctoral students, postdocs and academic staff. She consults on scientific research publication at the highest level in all areas of STEMM, working with researchers to communicate complex content effectively across a range of fast-changing communication platforms. She has been at Imperial since 1993 and is currently working with academic staff on writing research grant proposals and preparing for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
Hilary collaborated with the Graduate School to design the award-winning doctoral Thesis Writing Retreat and develops and delivers tailored workshops for individual research groups. She has over 35 years’ experience at Imperial and also runs external workshops and short courses on writing for journal publication around the world, most recently at the University of Vigo, the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB-NOVA) and the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC). Other activities have included courses and workshops at the University of Athens, the Royal College of Surgeons (Dublin) and the Nacional de Educacion a Distanca in Madrid, and a public lecture at the University of Shanghai.
Hilary is the author of Science Research Writing (Imperial College Press, 2009; Google Scholar citation count 186), which sold over a thousand copies in the first two months. The book has now sold over 45,000 copies and has been translated into Korean, Japanese and Chinese. It is used as a course book at more than 30 universities around the world and has been updated and rewritten for a second edition which was published in December 2020.
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Invited keynote speaker at IFAW conference, MOFET Institute, 2020
Invited keynote speaker at English for Specific Academic Purposes conference, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (ZFA), 2017
Invited speaker at Writing and Publishing Science Research conference, INTECOL, London 2013
Invited speaker at 2nd International Conference of Academic Writing at the MOFET Institute 2012
Writing for impact
Using reverse-engineering techniques to train research writers
Writing for the interdisciplinary reader vs. a microcommunity of experts
Wrapping science in a narrative
Identifying and controlling ambiguity in STEMM research communication
Verb tense choice in STEMM research communication
Speed of terminology development in STEMM