PhD Seminar

PhD Seminar



  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
  • Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schneider
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner

Schedule and Location:

  • April 12, 2011 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Building S4|14 Room 3.1.01)
  • May 30, 2011 (2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Building S4|14 Room 4.3.01)
  • June 14, 2011 (2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bulding S4|14 Room 3.1.01)
  • July 26, 2011 (2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bulding S4|14 Room 5.3.17)
  • next dates tba

Participants: max. 16 (see prerequisites below)

Contact: phdseminar(a-t)

Forum: PhD Seminar Forum


Students interested in doing a PhD in IT Security & Cryptography in industries and/or academia learn background information, required skills, goals, and best practices for a successful PhD.

Note: The seminar is not intended to be a replacement for general soft-skill trainings, but is tailored to the special aspects of research in the areas of IT Security & Cryptography.


What is “Research”?

  • Roles
  • Areas
  • Funding

Obtaining a PhD

  • Motivation
  • Goals

How to do research

  • Getting Ideas
  • Scientific Writing
  • Scientific Publishing
  • Scientific Presentation

Do it yourself & Feedback

Invited Talks (speakers to be announced)


April 12, 2011: PhD = Training in Research

May 30, 2011: Presentation and Getting Ideas (UPDATED)

June 14, 2011: Scientific Publishing and Writing

July 26, 2011: Abstract & Intro


  • Who can participate? The seminar is primarily intended for PhD students at the Fraunhofer SIT, but also open to other CASED members. As the seminar will be highly interactive, the number of participants is restricted to no more than 16.
  • The deadline for application is over, but you can still apply to be included in the backup list.
  • Letter of Motivation: If you would like to participate in the seminar, please send a letter of motivation (about 1 page) to phdseminar(a-t)

You should answer the following questions:

  • Who are you? (field of studies, languages spoken, current affiliation and project)
  • Why do you want to do a PhD?
  • What do you expect to take home from the PhD seminar?


Thanks to all who contributed to the following collection of links: Hans Löhr, Steffen Schulz, Marcel Winandy.

Motivations for/against PhD

Your PhD

Scientific Writing

Scientific Publishing

Security/Crypto Conference Rankings


Scientific Presentation

Other Helpful Link Lists