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KIT PhD Symposium 2017

Supported by Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

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Mission and further information

The KIT PhD Symposium, which is organized by PhD students and financed by the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) offers young researchers a platform for practicing and improving their presentation and communication skills in English in front of a larger audience. A variety of internal and external experts will give individual feedback about each presentation and poster respectively. Invited speakers will have the possibility to take part in a professional presentation coaching and getting feedback by NaWik (Nationales Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation). Besides this, the best presentation and the best poster will be awarded!

In addition, experts from various scientific backgrounds will be invited. All who don't want to give a talk or to present a poster are invited to gain insights into many different topics established at KIT. The symposium represents an excellent opportunity for networking and making new friends. Considerable time slots of the program are dedicated for socializing. Those of you who don't want to present a paper or poster are also invited to visit the symposium. Please note that the KIT PhD symposium will entirely be held in English.


Interested PhD students can either give a presentation or can take part in a poster session (see the program for more details). Every speaker will have 10 minutes for his/her presentation with an additional time of 10 minutes for feedback from the audience.

If you are interested, please sign up and send in an abstract.

Deadline for abstracts for presentations was May 31 2017

Deadline for abstracts for posters extended: Friday, August 31 2017

Those of you who are accepted as speakers have the chance to take part in a special presentation coaching with experts from NaWik. You will have the chance to integrate the results into your presentation before the symposium. Besides the feedback from the audience, you will also get a special personal feedback from the NaWik experts after your presentation. Please note that a participation at this workshop is mandatory for presenters (not for the poster session).

We also emphatically welcome every interested PhD student of KIT to the symposium. Please attend even if you might not be interested in presenting a paper/ poster. Everyone can learn from the expert’s feedback. Please sign up for visiting the symposium.



How do I sign up?

Please use the registration to sign up for the symposium (presenters as well as guests). Please note that only members of the KHYS are allowed to participate. To join the KHYS-Network, please register here.

If you have registered successfully, please send in your abstract for your poster until August 31, 2017 to  phd-symposium∂khys.kit.edu.


Deadline for guests: Thursday August 31 2017

Any questions? Take a look at the FAQ and feel free to contact the organization team via phd-symposium∂khys.kit.edu.