Thesis Defence Training

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

The last big milestone in a doctorate is the oral defence of the dissertation, which brings particular challenges in communication. This workshop is aimed at doctoral students, who want to engage in intensive preparation for their disputation.

Online Workshop

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Alexander Roggenkamp





Target Group

Doctoral students




16 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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Course Content

  • Overview what to expect for your thesis defence
  • Typical questions which may occur in your thesis defence
  • Individual feedback concerning your rhetorical performance
  • Training to show your scientific expertise in an appropriate way
  • Implementation of different communicative strategies that allow you to react to difficult questions in a calm and professional way

Course Description

Based in the individual experiences of the participants, presentation techniques and defence strategies are developed in the workshop. This includes appropriately interpreting scientific study results during the course of the disputation as well as adequately reacting to possibly critical questions in response.

Strategies for convincing argumentative as well as rhetorical positioning during the disputation are conveyed. The PhD students actively implement these in the most important part of the workshop - the disputation simulations. If required, managing stage fright and nervousness can also be addressed.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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