Training for Your Defense

Train Your Defense28.01.2019 09:00 - 18:00Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstr. 16Dr. Völker, Harald
Train Your Defense29.01.2019 09:00 - 16:00Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstr. 16Dr. Völker, Harald

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For advanced international doctoral candidates of all disciplines.


The workshop aims on the one hand at improving your individual capacity to present and debate your doctoral thesis. On the other hand, it offers you an opportunity to clear the institutional context and the strategic baseline of your oral exam.

The filming and analyzing of your oral exam (in an abbreviated simulation) will be the centerpiece of this workshop. It will lead you to identify your actual strong points and your shortcomings on the base of which you will develop objectives to realize on the way to your real exam. The handling of challenging and ambiguous questions is another element of this training.


Please prepare a short version (5 minutes) of your (planned) defense presentation. You will receive detailed information concerning the presentation per Email.

Pease note that the working language of the workshop is English. However, if the language of your defense is German, you are welcome to make the presentation in German.

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Dr. Harald Völker