KIT PhD Symposium

General information


After the great success of the last two KIT PhD Symposia in 2009 and 2010, we would like to invite all doctoral researchers to the 3rd KIT PhD Symposium on the 22nd of March 2012.

This symposium will be your unique chance to reach a higher level of presentation skills by presenting your work in front of a larger audience in preparation for national and international conferences. Experts will evaluate posters and talks and offer professional feedback in smaller groups. The symposium and especially the posterparty will provide you the opportunity to foster collaborations within KIT and will cover a wide range of research topics. You are encouranged to present your project in a more general manner in order to reach an interdisciplinary audience. The official language for the symposium will be English.

The best poster and talks will be awarded.



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

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


Audience/target group

Every doctoral researcher at KIT is invited to join the KIT PhD Symposium to give a talk, present a poster or to be just a part of the audience.


Free Attendance

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.



Feedback does not only describe something you have to do better, but also show things you already do good or even professionally, including body language and performance content, coherence, and clarity of the presentation. Through the feedback you could get an opportunity to develop yourself.
As we want to offer every speaker the opportunity to get the feedback from the experts personally, we will have a special feedback zone. In that zone you can talk to your experts (rhetoric and scientific experts as well as doctoral researchers) in small groups, in order to compare and develop yourself.


How to apply

- Submission

  • It is up to you, if you would like to send an abstract for a talk or a poster (abstract guidelines as well as templates can be downloaded on the indicated pages). Please note that only members of the KHYS-Network are allowed to participate. To join the KHYS-Network, please register here.
    Submission deadline is the 16th of January 2012. Please use the (max. 200 words). You will receive an acceptance letter till the 22nd of January 2012. 

- Registration

  • Registration for all KIT doctoral researchers (participants and visitors) will be open on 23rd of January until 20th of February 2012.
  • Please apply early, as the meeting is limited to 120 persons.



There will be awards for the best talk and the best poster.


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 doctoral researchers and postdocs (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 the organization of events like summer/winter schools and workshops. As a central consultancy and services office, KHYS accompanies all doctoral researchers 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: