22. Jul 2021, 9.00 am - 23. Jul 2021, 5.00 pm

Thesis Defense Training

Research and Graduate Services
Dr. Jonas Zahn
Event type
  • Target groups: doctoral candidates in the last year of their dissertation
  • Language: English
  • Date/Time: 22. & 23.07.2021, first day: 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., second day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Occupied places: 7/10
  • Deadline of registration: 24.06.2021

Workshop content:

In their thesis defense, doctoral students have to present their research to the board of examiners and then answer critical questions. This workshop is designed to prepare doctoral students optimally for this situation.

In the first part of the workshop the participants get practical tips for their introductory presentation: how to structure the presentation, how to build up the central argument, what language to use, etc.

The second part of the workshop deals with typical problems that occur during the discussion: How to respond to criticism and difficult questions, how to deal with stage fright and black-outs, etc.

In the third part of the workshop, participants get the chance to practice their presentation and to receive feedback from the group and from the trainer.

About the coach:

Dr. Jonas Zahn studied philosophy, logic and sociology. He obtained his PhD in philosophy at Leipzig University. Since 2019 he is a trainer at the Institute of Argumentation Competence, and he gives courses on critical reasoning and thesis defense trainings.


You can find the registration form here.