KIT PhD Symposium

General Information


After the great success of the first KIT PhD Symposium last year, we would like to invite every KIT PhD student to the 2nd PhD Symposium held on 30th September 2010.
This Symposium will be a chance to practice presentation skills in front of a larger audience in preparation for international meetings. The official language of the Symposium will be English and experts will evaluate posters and talks to offer professional feedback. The Poster Session and a get-together in the evening will provide the opportunity to foster collaborations between KIT campus North and South. As a main difference from other meetings, this Symposium will cover a wide range of research topics and encourage every PhD student to present his/her project in a more general manner in order to reach an interdisciplinary audience.



The KIT PhD Symposium will represent all six competence areas reflecting the wide research spectrum of KIT:

  • Matter and Materials
  • Earth and Environment
  • Applied Life Sciences
  • Systems and Processes
  • Information, Communication and Organization
  • Technology, Culture and Society

The Symposium Day
Please download the following documents to get more informations about the Day itself:

Online registration


Registration for all KIT PhD students will be open until 30th  of July 2010.
Please apply early, as the meeting is limited to 90 participants.

The registration must be completed with the abstract submission (max. 200 words) on this symposium website. An abstract guideline can be found left in Guidelines.


Requirements of the presentations


In order to present a poster or talk, it is not essential to have outstanding results: we also support presentations of new methods and interesting techniques related to the project.

Oral presentations shall be kept quite general and will be restricted to 12 minutes, followed by 3 minutes of discussion. The poster size has to be A0 format (841 mm x 1189 mm). Please check Guidelines on this website for further requirements regarding the KIT poster design and power point presentation.


Attendance fee


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.


Symposium get-together

The Symposium will and at 5 pm. Please feel free to stay longer for some light snacks and the award ceremony (poster and talk). This informal get-together shall provide a relaxed atmosphere to network with colleagues and get to know other PhD students.


Expert feedback


The main difference from other meetings will be the evaluation of every oral and poster presentation. Experts in science and presentation skills will provide professional feedback. Every PhD student will receive written feedback on content, coherence, and clarity of the presentation/poster, the use of visual aids/display, and on overall impression.




We would like to thank the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) for entirely 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 the communication and interaction platform for all young scientists of KIT and addresses both PhD students and post-docs (up to two years after PhD). KHYS supports various programs, including stays abroad, further qualification, and networking of junior scientists within KIT. It also sponsors Summer and Winter Schools. As a central consultancy and services office, KHYS accompanies all PhD students from the beginning of their PhD thesis to its successful completion and supports them in the further planning of their careers. For more information please visit the KHYS website:


Direct link to Campusmap

Link to Campusmap.




Reinhard-Baumeister Platz 1 (building 10.50)
KIT Campus South, Karlsruhe


Issued by

Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
Straße am Forum 3, building 30.96
76131 Karlsruhe 




Status April 2010