Public Presentation of the Research Project

According to the Statutes, the topic of the doctoral thesis has to be approved by the Director of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution within the first year.

The approval is based on the research proposal (exposé) and its public presentation. The research exposé shall be submitted to the Executive Manager one month prior to the announced date of the public presentation. The PhD thesis exposé will then be evaluated by three members of the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), and upon approval by the TAC and the VDSEE Directorate, the PhD candidate will be admitted to present publically the PhD thesis topic at the faculty.

The public presentation serves a twofold purpose. Firstly, new doctoral candidates and their research topics are introduced to the faculty. Secondly, the presentation is supposed to offer all attendants a platform for exchange and feedback.

The public presentation is chaired by the Dircetor or Vice-Director of VDSEE and attended by the supervisor, members of the doctoral advisory committee (TAC) and members of the PI-Panel. They will provide feedback to the PhD graduate on the research project and evaluate whether the presented thesis project meets the scientific standards and further, if the presented PhD research can be realised successfully in a reasonable timeframe.

If thepresentation was successful, the topic and supervisor(s) get approved by the Director of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology adn Evolution after the presentation. If an individual PhD topic is not approved, the PhD graduate will have the possibility to recall the application, adapt his/her research proposal and reapply for the approval of his/her thesis topic at the next public presentation.


  • Date: Thursday 25 March 202
  • Venue: tbd, depending on Covid-situation either online or presence
  • Registration deadline: Monday 01 March 2021

Registration for the public presentation

In order to register for the public presentation, the following documents need to be submitted to your Executive Manager. 

Guidelines for Exposé

Please note that the exposé shall have an extent of 5 pages and shall not exceed 10 pages (European A4 size, 11 pt. font size, 1.5 lie spacing and minimum 2 cm margins, with 15,000 to 20,000 characters).

The research proposal/exposé has to include information as follows: 

  • description of the topic of the doctoral thesis project including a clear research question,
  • outline of the state of research,
  • illustration of the chosen research methods,
  • relevant literature,
  • choice of supervisor(s) and thesis advisory committee (TAC),
  • time and work schedule (e.g., Gantt chart),
  • possibly financial budget and overview of resources.

 Please Note

According to the Statutes, doctoral candidates have to pass the public presentation of their dissertation project within the first year after admission.

The research proposal and the presentation at the faculty are the requirements for the approval of the dissertation project and the conclusion of the doctoral thesis agreement.


Visit the public presentations! In doing so you can get a first impression of what will be expected from you. Additionally it is a great way to learn about current research projects at your Doctoral School.

The Center for Doctoral Studies offers regularly workshops on "Outline and Exposé writing". Registration for these workshops is possible via UNIVIS online. To the workshop offer of the Center for Doctoral Studies.