KIT PhD Symposium

General Information

On March 18th, 2009 the first KIT PhD Symposium successfully took place. 80 participants took the opportunity to practice their presentation skills and network with each other. Half of the KIT PhD students came from Campus south and the other half from Campus north.

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At the conclusion of the Symposium day, the authors of the best oral and poster presentations received awards, based on the evaluation of the experts:    

Oral presentations:
1st     Julia Bohnert, IBT
2nd     Frank Schröder, IK
3rd     Thomas Willging, Math

Poster presentations:
1st     Johannes Singler, IRA
2nd     Christian Wissner, IMF 2
3rd     Xiana Romani Fernández, MVM

The organisers would like to thank the KHYS and Prorector Jürgen Becker for their support of the Symposium and all of the participants and volunteers who made the day successful and enjoyable.


The first KIT PhD Symposium will be held on March 18th, 2009 at Campus South in building 10.50 (Programme). The Symposium is targeted towards PhD students looking to practice their presentation and communication skills in English in front of a larger audience. It is not necessary for the participant to have results for presentation; methods and processes are also encouraged. Supported by experts, this is an excellent structure for conference preparation and the possibility of networking within KIT. It provides an opportunity to gain not only an overview of the different research fields and activities within KIT, but also to expand the PhD students’ horizons beyond their own specific discipline.

The motto “Broaden your horizons” supports this vision of the broad spectrum of activities within KIT.



The Symposium covers a wide range of topics related to the KIT Centres and Competence Areas and reflects the research spectrum of KIT. These topics include:

  • Energy
  • NanoMikro
  • Elementary and Astroparticle Physics
  • Matter and Materials
  • Earth and Environment
  • Applied Life Sciences
  • Systems and Processes
  • Information, Communication and Organisation
  • Technology, Culture and Society



Registration for participation is now open until December 23th, 2008 (but only for poster presentations). Attendance is limited to 120 participants.

Registration must be completed on the Symposium website: online registration formular.

Participants are requested to submit an abstract not exceeding 200 words with their registration. Please use the Abstract template. Abstract guidelines are also found on the website.

Each abstract will be evaluated by an expert and feedback will be provided to the author. Hard copies of the abstracts will be distributed at the Symposium.




Oral presentations are provisionally restricted to 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The poster size is A0 format (841 mm x 1189 mm). 
Guidelines for poster design and oral presentation.



The KIT PhD Symposium is entirely sponsored by the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS). Lunch, coffee and refreshments are free of charge. There will be no conference fee and no additional costs charged for participation.



After the formal ending of the Symposium, feel free to join us for light snacks and refreshments in the foyer of building 10.50 for an opportunity to network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.



A valuable aspect of the Symposium is that oral and poster sessions are given feedback by a team of experts. These experts are drawn from a variety of disciplines and there will be one professional public speaker per session. The presenter receives written feedback on content, coherence and clarity of the presentation/poster, and the use of visual aids/display and on overall impression.



We would like to thank the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) for wholly sponsoring this event. This project would not have been possible without their generous support.


KHYS in brief:

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) is a programme that encourages and supports the communication and interaction of all junior scientists belonging to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The scope of KHYS is the sponsorship of engaged young scientists. KHYS is dedicated to both doctoral and post-doctoral candidates.
KHYS supports various programs including placements abroad, further education and networking of junior scientists within KIT. It also sponsors Summer and Winter Schools. As a central contact point, KHYS supports all doctoral candidates from the very beginning of their dissertation to their successful degree completion and also assists them in career management.
For more information please visit the KHYS-website: