Präsenz-Workshop: Thesis Defense Training

In their thesis defense, doctoral students have to present their research to the board of examiners and then answer critical questions. This course is designed to prepare doctoral students optimally for this situation. In the first part of the course 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 course deals with typical problems that occur during the discussion: How to respond to criticism and "killerquestions", how to deal with stage fright and black-outs, etc.
In the third part, participants get the chance to give their presentation and to receive feedback from the group and from the trainer.


The participants...

  • give a convincing and well-structured presentation
  • deal confidently with counter arguments and critical questions
  • are well prepared and feel confident about their thesis defense


All contents will be developed interactively, and they will be applied directly to the participants' topics. After the course participants can schedule an individual appointment with the trainer where they can discuss aspects of their thesis defense presentation (introduction, structure etc.).


  • script including recommended further reading
  • exercise sheets



status members
University of Potsdam
partner institutions external
PhD 40€ 240€ 290€
Postdoc 60€* 240€ 290€

*This fee also applies to postdocs from the other universities in the Postdoc Network Brandenburg (PNB)BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).

Further information on the workshop program and ourpartner institutions


  • Englisch


  • Promovierende kurz vor der Disputation


  • Dr. Malte Engel

    Dr. Malte Engel

    Dr. Malte Engel ist vom BZTB zertifizierter Trainer und bietet Seminare zum schlüssigen Argumentieren für Studierende, Wissenschaftler und Führungskräfte an. 2013 hat er das Institut für Argumentationskompetenz gegründet. Er hat an der Berlin School of Mind and Brain promoviert, wo er sich mit dem Zusammenhang von neurowissenschaftlicher Forschung und Fragen moralischer Verantwortung beschäftigt hat.

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