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Information on the COVID-19 pandemic for doctoral students and postdocs:


You can reach the Graduate Academy team for questions and advice by e-mail and telephone:  | 0391 67 58930
or in the new offices in the "Wissenschaftshafen": Speicher B | Building 82 | Room 159



The courses of the Graduate Academy will be offered online until further notice. Information on these courses will be sent out in the GA Newsletter in the usual way. Course registrations are possible at any time.

Thesis Defence

There are recommendations for the handling of doctoral thesis defences during the COVID19 pandemic (in German).
Please discuss with your supervisors and the faculty how your doctoral defence can be completed despite the necessary precautions.

Basically, there are three options:

  1. The defence is postponed to the time after the lifting of the contact restriction.
  2. The defence is carried out regularly (in a larger room where minimum distances can be maintained). The public will be permitted by videoconference or, depending on the rules in force, will be limited/excluded by decision of the Faculty Council.Only the candidate, the members of the PhD Commission, reviewers and supervisors are allowed in the room. External reviewers can participate via video conference, provided that the candidate has agreed to this type of handling in deviation from the applicable regulations by submitting a separate declaration.
  3. The defence is conducted in whole or in part as a video conference. This variant is only possible if all participants have previously agreed to the conduct by video conference (written documentation). If the candidate is to be examined by videoconference, a facility must be found that can offer appropriate secure video technology and on-site supervision must be guaranteed.

For further details please refer to the original document in German.

Last Modification: 10.07.2020 - Contact Person: Dr. Barbara Witter