Public Presentation of your Research Proposal

According to the Statutes, the topic of the doctoral thesis has to be approved by the Director of the Doctoral Study Programme within the first year. The approval is based on the research proposal and its public presentation. The public presentation serves a twofold purpose. Firstly, new doctoral candidates and their research topics are introduced to the faculty and the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) members. Secondly, the presentation is supposed to offer all attendants a platform for exchange and feedback. 

The public presentation is chaired by the Director of the Doctoral Study Programme and attended by members of the doctoral advisory board and TAC members of your faculty. They will provide feedback to the research projects and evaluate whether the projects meets the scientific standards and if they can be realized successfully in a reasonable timeframe.

Please note that the public presentation of the doctoral thesis project is the precondition for the approval of the topic. If your presentation was successful, your topic and the supervisor(s) usually get approved by the Director of the Doctoral Study Programme right after the presentation. If your topic is not approved you have the possibility to recall your application, adapt your research proposal and reapply for the approval of your topic.

The registration of the presentation at the faculty of life sciences (LEWI) for biology and molecular biology as field of doctoral research, is administered by the VDS CoBeNe office, for all other fields of doctoral research by the SSC Psychology.

 Dates of the Public Presentation LEWI

The public presentations at the VDS CoBeNe for Behavior & Cognitive Biology and for Neurobiology will be on the following days in summer semester 2021:

Friday, March 26th, 2021. 10:00 to 14:00 
Registration & Research Proposal until February 26th, 2021, 24:00 


Friday, May 7th, 2021. 10:00 to 14:00 
Registration & Research Proposal until April 7th, 2021, 24:00

Friday, June 18th, 2021. 10:00 to 14:00 
Registration & Research Proposal until May 18th, 2021, 24:00


Pls. send the research proposal as pdf.file not larger than 4 MB labeled FAMILY NAME_RESEARCH PROPOSAL_2020/2021 to the VDS CoBeNe officer. The venue of the public presentation is the CogBio Seminar room, 2.235, UZA or virtual due to covid-19 pandemic regulations.