Speaking at International Conferences

Speaking at International Conferences (workshop for international doctoral candidates)

Oral presentations are an essential part of communicating research results to your audience. They represent an important aspect of being a professional researcher. The overall aim of this training is to present strategies and techniques for giving a successful talk at a project presentation or a conference.

In particular you will learn:

1.     how to prepare and structure an oral presentation
2.     how to define presentation aims and target groups
3.     how to make yourself understood
4.     how to use presentation tools and media effectively
5.     how to prepare for and respond to questions from the audience

The training consists of theoretical inputs, exercises, best-practice examples, feedback and discussions. The focus, however, will be on practical exercises. With the help of video-training, you will get the chance to improve content, structure, speech and body-language.

After the training, you know how to give convincing presentations. You are prepared to set up and give your own presentation, be a more confident speaker, and know how to reduce stage-fright. If you have a meeting or presentation coming up, please bring your material along for use during the exercises.

This workshop is offered ein English specifically to international doctoral researchers at Saarland University as a collaboration between GradUS and the International Office as part of their joint "GradUS international" programme.



Workshop Information

:  Monday/Tuesday, 17th and 18th December 2012

: Monday: 14.00-18.00 hrs., Tuesday: 9.00-17.00 hrs.

: Building E1 7, room 0.10

: 60 euro (minus GradUS credit; see below)

: see information in the top-right corner (max. 8 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).


Robert Kötter
, zweirat – Beratung & Training GbR, Köln. Researcher in Japanese religion, trainer and certified coach. Robert Kötter has developed various trainings together with his partner, TV journalist Ellen Winter, with whom he has given successful trainings for many German and Swiss universities.