The purpose of the seminar is to give PhD students an opportunity to present progress on their dissertation/habilitation research, discuss challenges that they are currently facing, and collect feedback from colleagues (professors) who will be attending. To achieve this objective students are required to prepare a 20-30 min. presentation of their work, highlighting one particularly thorny or pressing issue (conceptual, methodological, empirical) that they are currently facing. The presentation should start by giving a brief update on where the PhD student stands in his/her research program (be it dissertation, habilitation or otherwise), followed by a relatively detailed description of his/her current challenges and what needs to be done next.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are to discuss thorny issues in PhD students` research, to create solutions for current challenges in PhD research and, by doing so, to speed up personal progress in the respective research area.   

Attendance requirements

Presence is mandatory. It´s not allowed to miss more than 20% of the total seminar time. In case that strict Covid regulations come into effect, the seminar will be held online.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Presentations and discussion.


The assessment will be done based on the extent of preliminary preparation (e.g. well thought of challenges and articulated problems), the execution of the presentation and the ability to respond to critical questions during the discussion. In other words, the assessment is based on a concept/ research proposal (30%), presentation (30%), as well as Q&R or ability to answer questions adequately and active participation in the course and discussions (40 %).




Last edited: 2021-07-05