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.