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 doctorial candidates, who want to engage in intensive preparation for their disputation.

In-person Workshop

Monday, September 23, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Alexander Roggenkamp




Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47*

Target Group

Doctoral students




16 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

* The premises are not barrier-free. Please contact the Bonn Graduate Center if you need assistance.

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Based on the individual experiences of the participants, presentation techniques and defence strategies are developed in the workshop. This includes appropriately interpreting scientific study results du ring 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 doctoral students actively implement these in the most important part of the workshop - the disputation simulations. lf required, managing stage fright and nervousness can also be addressed.


  • Getting an overview what to expect for your thesis defence
  • Knowing typical questions which may occur in your thesis defence
  • Getting an individual feedback concerning your rhetorical performance
  • Training to show your scientific expertise in an appropriate way
  • Being able to implement different communicative strategies that allow you to react to difficult questions in a calm and professional way


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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