Viva Defense. Preparing the disputation.


Instructor: Dr. Jan Stammel from impuls plus.


During the disputation you have to present your research and defend it in a discussion with other experts and researchers. The Viva Defense workshop aims at preparing you for this thesis defense so that you can argue your points convincingly and think on your feet during the discussion. This workshop focusses on the questions and answers part. Responding to typical questions which may come up during the defense will be practiced in simulated scenarios.

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Content in brief

  • Presenting yourself as an innovative researcher: How to formulate your key results?
  • Typical questions and how to deal with them
  • What to do, when you don’t know the answer?
  • How to stay calm?
  • Simulating the Q&A-Session

Dr. Jan Stamm

Jan Stamm is a trainer and coach with years of experience in science and academia. His target groups are PhD candidates and Post Docs from all disciplines. Most often he works with interdisciplinary groups.

Dr. Jan Stamm, impuls plus.

Dr. Jan Stamm, impuls plus.

Jan Stamm did study philosophy, linguistics, and economics at the Universität Dortmund, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Nottingham University. He finished the interdisciplinary graduate program of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. His philosophical PhD deals with questions about autonomy and resilience (summa cum laude).

One major focus of his work as a trainer and coach is self- and time-management and research-project-management. Another emphasis lies on workshops on viva defense and rhetoric. He also works as a PhD coach for teams and individuals.

Outside of academia he offers workshops and coachings which focus on the reduction of stress and a healthy work-life balance.

In his work as a trainer he puts a special emphasis on the individual interests, goals, and questions of his participants.Booking tag-01

Event Information:

Date, Time: 10/11/2016, 10:00 h – 18:00 h & 24/11/2016 10.00 – 18.00 h

Location: Room 1.90 Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Cologne

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