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Public presentation of the doctoral thesis project

According to the Statutes, the topic of the doctoral thesis has to be approved by the Director of the Doctoral School within the first year. The approval is based on the research proposal and its public presentation.

The public presentation serves a twofold purpose. Firstly, new doctoral candidates and their research topics are introduced to the faculty. Secondly, the presentation is supposed to offer all attendants a platform for exchange and feedback.

The public presentation is generally chaired by the Dircetor or Vice-Director of PhaNuSpo and attended by members of the doctoral advisory board and PI-Panel. They will provide feedback to the research projects and evaluate whether the projects meet the scientific standards and if they can be realised successfully in a reasonable timeframe.

If your presentation was successful, your topic and the supervisor(s) will get approved by the Director of the Study Programme right after the presentation. If your topic is not approved you have the possibility to recall your application, adapt your research proposal and reapply for the approval of your topic.


  • Tuesday, 14 March 2023, online, starting at 9am
    Registration deadline on 06 February 2023 per email to Isolde Prommer
  • Tuesday, 13 June 2023, online, starting at 9am
    Registration deadline on 08 May 2023 per email to Isolde Prommer

 Registration for the public presentation

In order to register for the public presentation, the following documents need to be submitted by email to the Executive Manager. 

  • Exposé (max. 10 pages, in English), guidelines below
  • Registration of the topic of doctoral thesis and supervisor(s) by using the official forms SL/D11 and SL/W1, and if necessary, the forms SL/D12 and SL/W4 (see below)
  • Please name your files as follows: Expose_Surname.pdf, SL.D11_Surename.pdf, etc.

 Exposé Guidelines

With your Exposé (and presentation at the FÖP) you should

  • demonstrate that you carefully planned and re-thought your PhD project
  • comprehensively summarise your PhD project to the Faculty Members
  • allow the Faculty to judge quality and feasibility of your project, to give valuable and constructive input and finally approve your thesis endeavour

In case your project is part of a larger competitive extramurally-funded/ collaborative proposal of your PI, please give special focus to your individual contributions aimed to lead to your PhD degree.

Desirable Structure and Content of Your Exposé 

A) Title Page:

  • (Working) Title of your Dissertation Project
  • Your Name, student number and email address
  • Selected Supervision Team: minimum: 2 experts in your research topic (Examples: 2 Supervisors (=Habil , TT Prof) or 1 supervisor +  1 co-mentor (=experienced postdoc, senior scientist in your group)  as minimum); Set-up of bigger Thesis Advisory Committees (to get regular feedback beyond your direct supervision team) is highly recommended
  • Funding (salary and necessary consumables)

B) Main part: Within maximal 10 pages (Font size 11 pt., minimum line spacing 1)

  • Introduction i.e short background, current status of research(knowledge):
    What is your specific field of research? Where do you start from?
  • Aims / Main questions / Significance of your planned research
    What do you want to reach/answer during your thesis? Why is this important?
  • Workplan
    Which methods and experimental setups will you use to approach your specific aims / questions? Which infrastructure / collaboration partners do you need / have at hand? Which methods are up and running in your lab, which will require establishment / optimisation?
  • Time plan
    When do you plan to do what and achieve your goals? Gantt Chart
  • Contingency Plan / Risk Analysis
    Where do you see potential problems in sticking to your plan? Have you thought of solutions / alternatives?

C) Cited References


Download Guideline as PDF here

 Please Note

According to the Statutes, doctoral candidates have to pass the public presentation of their dissertation project within the first year. The research proposal and the presentation at the faculty are the requirement for the approval of the dissertation project and the conclusion of the doctoral thesis agreement.


Visit the public presentations! In doing so you can get a first impression of what will be expected from you. Additionally it is a great way to learn about current research projects at your Faculty.

The Center for Doctoral Studies offers regularly workshops on "Outline and Exposé writing". Registration for these workshops is possible via UNIVIS online.To the workshop offer of the Center for Doctoral Studies.