Good Scientific Practice and Communication

In this seminar, held in English, we will study the foundations of good scientific practice. We will attempt to link the respective guidelines of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft with our personal experiences. What are the rules for scientific work? Are these rules being followed? What do we do in cases of doubt?

A key to good scientific practice is good communication. We will therefore deal with general strategies for successful discussions. How to address critical issues? How to talk to peers, how to talk to supervisors? When can we call a discussion successful?

This seminar is meant for all students at Saarland University who are involved in a research project, i.e., mostly for PhD students or for Master students in their last year.

This workshop is sponsored by GradUS and the Promotionsberatungsstelle der htw saar in the framework of their joint "GraduSaar" scheme, and offered in collaboration with the Department of Physics. 

Note: This workshop is planned as a face-to-face workshop, but depending on the pandemic situation at the time of the event, it may be possible to switch to an online-only workshop at short notice.

Information on the Event

Date: Tuesday/Wednesday, 3rd and 4th May 2022

Time: 10.00-16.00 hrs. on Tuesday, 8.30-16.00 hrs. on Wednesday

Venue:  Graduate Centre, building C9 3 (see location plan)

Fee: none

Number of participants: max. 10 participants


Roland Bennewitz, Ph.D., works as a physicist at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken. He is honorary professor at Saarland University in the Department of Physics.


John Kluempers, Ph.D., is trainer for scientific presentation and communication who resides in Bonn. He earned his doctorate in linguistics and engages in helping others deal with difficult situations in the academic setting.