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Introductory Event of the Graduate School (not only) for New Members

Friday, 13th November 2020, full day
Online, as a Zoom video conference

On the one hand, the introductory event serves to introduce the Graduate School to new members, but above all it offers an opportunity to present one's own doctoral project, to discuss with other doctoral candidates and to get to know other members and their doctoral projects.

Of course, not only the "newcomers", but also those who have been working on their doctorate for a longer period of time are cordially invited to present their projects at the introduction day!

Who can participate?

Dissertation projects at all stages should be presented and discussed. Therefore, those who are still at the beginning or in the planning stage of their research project are invited to present their project, as well as those who have already started their research or can present (first) results.

Presentations in English are just as welcome as presentations in German.

How can you participate?

Depending on your preferences, you can choose between two ways of presenting your dissertation project:

  1. Short lecture with discussion in about 15 minutes :
    The short lecture should present your research question, the method and, if applicable, the first results of your research project in a concise way and in a form that can be understood even by those not familiar with the subject. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for further questions and a short discussion. The presentation should take about 5-10 minutes and the discussion about 10-5 minutes.
  2. Poster presentation:
    The research project will be presented in the form of a scientific poster.
    The posters will be available for the participants to view during the introductory session.
    During a virtual poster walk, the authors answer questions about their posters and discuss their research topic with interested participants.

The program:

The program includes information on the Graduate School, short lectures, poster walks and, as a novelty this year, a keynote lecture on the Transfer Potential that can be inherent in research in the Human Sciences.

The final program will be arranged according to the participants' concrete doctoral projects.

Therefore, all participants are asked to submit an abstract of their doctoral project of no more than one page together with their application, but no later than 28th October 2020, to

The definite program will be announced after the end of the registration period.
However, the following program outline should give you a preliminary idea of what to expect.

Preliminary Program Outline:

09:00-10:00 Welcome and introduction to the Graduate School by the Spokeswoman:
Prof. Dr. Jutta Stahl, Vice-Dean of Research
10:00-10:10 Short break
ab 10:10 Short lectures
  Virtual poster walk
ca. 13:00-14:00 Lunch break
ab ca. 14:00

Keynote by Hanna Zimmermann, Transferscout at the Faculty of Human Sciences:
Transfer Potential in the Human Sciences

  Virtual poster walk
  Short break
  Short lectures
ca. 17:00-17:30 Closing and opportunity for informal exchange


Active Membership:

The annual participation in an Introductory or Presentation Event of the Graduate School is considered an activity in the sense of an active membership in the Graduate School and allows to take full advantage of events and financial support offers by the Graduate School.


Please register under:

When registering, please let us know at what stage of your doctoral studies (beginning - middle - end) you are at and whether you would prefer to present your doctoral project in the form of a poster or a short lecture

The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is Wednesday, 28th October 2020.

We are looking forward to getting to know you and your doctoral project in November!