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Success in Your Doctorate IV: The Defense

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Research Management | Successful Doctorate | Advanced

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After submitting your doctoral thesis, you need to prepare the defense of it. The course aims to help you with all the questions related to this: What’s expected of me? Which content should I focus on? How do I best present it? What can I do to be prepared for the questioning?


The participants will have an idea of what’s laying ahead of them and how to tackle these challenges. They will get a chance to talk about their worries and get tipps from the trainer and their fellow partici-pants. Everyone will leave the course feeling more confident regarding their thesis defense.


    In detail, the following points are covered:

    • Know the basics: the regulations, commission, procedure, technology/room, wardrobe
    • Choose what to show: narrow down your content and develop your story
    • Make it shine: presentation planning, slide design, and rhetorical tips
    • Stay cool: attitude and self-image, dealing with stress, answering difficult questions


          Input from the lecturer, individual and group work, group coaching. Max. participants: 15.


          The workshop focuses on doctoral candidates from all subjects who have already submitted their dissertation or who want to do so soon.

          Course informations
          Course number
          FM VI-4
          Mon, 19.09.2022, 9.00am-5.00pm
          1 day, 10 working units à 45 min
          Classroom meeting
          ZEWK, Frauenhoferstr. 33-36, R: FH 1004
          Dr. Alexander Egeling
          Course language
          For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
          Participants should have sound English language skills and advanced presentation competence.
          Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
          Applicable for certificate Research Management.

          For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

          In case of any organizational questions please contact .


          Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

          Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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