Producing LaTeX documents using the Overleaf online editor

Exploring the potential of LaTeX and Overleaf in teaching and research

Event Details

  • Date: 1st June 2022
  • Time: 14:00 – 17:00
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Audience: All Staff | All Students
  • Digital Capability: Information, Data and Media Literacy
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Event Overview

LaTeX is much more than a word processing tool. In this workshop we will explore the potential of using LaTeX and Overleaf in typesetting and producing professional-looking high-quality documents in teaching and research, such as reports, dissertations, papers, etc.

Overleaf is a collaborative writing and publishing tool that all University of Edinburgh students and staff can sign up to use.

We will start by going through LaTeX basics (e.g. the Overleaf interface, setting up a simple document, using templates, cross-referencing, scientific and technical writing) and demonstrate how to explore advanced features such as: plotting and manipulating data for papers and technical/scientific documents, advanced image manipulation, configuration of templates, advanced cross-referencing, and creating “live” documents.

The practical session will take approx 2 hours, with additional time allowed for breaks and Q&A.

We hope there will be something for you in this workshop, regardless of your LaTeX knowledge/skills (novice, basic, intermediate or advanced) so please come and join us at the 2022 Digital Skills Festival.

About the presenter - Filipe Teixeira-Dias

Filipe Teixeira-Dias is a Reader in the School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh and is currently the Director of Mechanical Engineering. He started his career as an academic in 1993 and teaches subjects related to structural dynamics. His research is mostly focussed on impact and blast waves on materials and structures. For more than 20 years Filipe has also been teaching LaTeX to undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) students, and occasionally also to academics and other engineering professionals. He uses Overleaf as the main LaTeX typesetting tool and has been exploring using LaTeX/Overleaf to streamline the workflow in his teaching and management roles.

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