Good Scientific Practice and Communication

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 Master students in their last year.

The workshop will be offered as a collaboration between the GradUS programme, the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science, the doctoral school "SYCMA", and the Department of Physics.


Workshop Information

:  Thursday/Friday, 12th/13th February 2015

: 14.00-19.30 hrs. on Thursday, 8.30-16.00 hrs. on Friday

: Building E1 7, room 0.08

: none (financed by the cooperation partners)

: see information in the top-right corner (max. 12 participants)



  • For each PhD student, participation in the GradUS workshops is sponsored with 50 € per semester by the presidium of Saarland University, which are considered when calculating course fees.

  • Participation in every workshop is certificated. Towards the end of your PhD, you can also get a GradUS certificate for all GradUS workshops that you took part in.

  • Childcare can be provided for doctoral researchers with children for the duration of a particular GradUS event at no charge (see website "Kinderbetreuung").

  • Deduction from income taxes: We recommend trying to deduct the fees for the GradUS workshops from the German income taxes that you might have to pay (costs for advanced training measures).


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 Experimental Physics.


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