Disputation Training

Disputation Training07.05.2019 09:00 - 18:00Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, Room 004Dr. Garavoglia, Matteo
Disputation Training08.05.2019 09:00 - 16:00Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, Room 004Dr. Garavoglia, Matteo

(Kurs gekürzt auf einen Tag)

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For doctoral candidates of all disciplines in their final year.


This workshop prepares doctoral candidates for their disputation, honing their presentation skills so as to be able to argue points convincingly and think on their feet during the question-andanswer segment of the doctoral defense. The workshop provides information about the formal procedures and requirements as well as the social setting and the do’s and don’ts of a Ph.D. examination. It places particular emphasis on strategically preparing one’s position in the lead-up to the defense and dealing with the Q&A session.


  • Selecting a committee: what should I take into account?
  • The do’s and don’ts in oral Ph.D. examinations.
  • How do I stay my ground during the Q&A?
  • How do I deal with stage fright?
  • How do I structure the preparation phase most effectively?


  • Video recording
  • One to one coaching
  • Working with a partner
  • Plenum discussion
  • A mix of theory and practice
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Dr. Matteo Garavoglia