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KIT PhD Symposium 2017

Supported by Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

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For further questions contact us via Email (phd-symposium@khys.kit edu)!

Who is organizing the 5th PhD Symposium?

The 5th KIT PhD Symposium is organized by a tream of doctoral researchers and financed by the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

Is the KIT PhD Symposium dedicated to a specific topic?

No, the KIT PhD Symposium is an interdisciplinary event and we highly appreciate contributions from all the different scientific fields at KIT.


I will finish my PhD studies this year. / I will start my PhD studies this year. Can I attend the symposium?

Yes, you are invited to attend the symposium. However, you cannot give a talk if you are not a PhD student September 2017.


Can I attend the symposium without presenting?

Of course! We would like to encourage all PhD students to participate in the symposium, whether you would like to present your work or not. You will benefit from presentations by invited speakers and will learn from and support your fellow peers.


Do I have to register if I just want to watch the talks?

Yes, registration is mandatory for participation. Please use the form below to register.


When will I be notified whether my contribution has been accepted?

Notification of acceptance will be sent towards the end of June.


Can I send you an abstract that includes a video/ something else fancy?

Yes, you can. Please mention this while registering and send an e-mail to phd-symposium∂khys.kit edu.


Are there other presentation media that I may use instead/in addition to PowerPoint?

You can also use an overhead projector and a visualizer. Send us an e-mail to receive more specific information.


Do I need to use PowerPoint for my oral presentation?

You may use other software as well, but please be aware of compatibility issues. Saving your presentation as a PDF file is the safest option.


Do I really have to present in English?

The purpose of KIT PhD Symposium is to give PhD students an opportunity to practice their scientific presentation skills. As most conferences are held in English, it was decided to make English the official language of KIT PhD Symposium. So yes, oral presentations and poster presentations need to be in English.


How much time do I have for my presentation?

Oral presentations are limited to 10 minutes + 10 minutes discussion/ feedback. There will be a special session for poster presentations with direct feedback.


How will I receive feedback for my presentation/poster?

Oral presentations: There will be two ways of feedback: One the one hand, you will receive a direct feedback from the audience and the experts right after your presentation. On the other hand, there will be a personal feedback for you by the experts. There will also be direct feedback at the poster session.


Is there a conference fee?

No! KIT PhD Symposium is free of charge, all expenses are taken care of by KHYS. Refreshments during the breaks and lunch are also included.


Is there a dress code for speakers?

There is no general dress code for speakers. If you are not sure what to wear, have a look at the 2009, 2010, 2012 or 2014 symposium pictures to get an impression (you can find them under "past events" on the website).


Do I need to bring material for mounting my poster myself?

No, we will provide you with everything you need. You just have to be there in time.


Do I have to print my poster myself?

No. If your abstract has been accepted, you will receive information how and when to send us your poster that will be printed by us.


Is the workshop really mandatory for presenters?

Yes! Since it is the focus of the symposium to give PhD-students the chance of improving their presentation skills. Participants of the poster sessions will not have to attend to the coaching.


Are there any costs for participating in the coaching?

No, the coaching is part of the symposium and free for all accepted speakers.


What does "the best paper will be awarded" mean?

The best presentation and poster will win the price “Best Presentation / Best Poster”.


Which experts will be at the symposium?

Besides the members of NaWik, some people from different fields of KIT research will be at the conference.


How do I register?



Whom can I contact if I have problems with the registration?

When encountering problems with registering, write an e-mail to: phd-symposium∂khys.kit.edu. Please describe your problem as precisely as possible and also tell us, which browser you are using.


Do I have to take the day off to attend the symposium?

Normally, attending the symposium is a part of your "soft skill" education. Most supervisors support the attendance of their students, so usually you do not have to take the day off. However, we recommend you to discuss it with your supervisor in advance