Media training for PhDs



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18 June online, 19 June iDiv Leipzig, BBZ room SR 1.1/1.2

18 June 10:00 - 12:00,
19 June 10:00 - 15:00

6 / 0.25 CP


This course aims to train postdocs on how to explain their science in plain language (accurate, brief, clear), how to “sell” themselves in interviews and other situations and on how to deal with journalists.

The training consists of a lecture and repeated practice in front of a camera including feedback rounds. The participants receive a video file of their performance in front of the camera.

The course contents in detail:

  • How journalists work
  • What journalists want and how to collaborate with them
  • Typical questions and situations
  • How to put your topic in a nutshell
  • Things you can do well or badly
  • Practice: Speak, analyse, improve.

Important note:

The on-site part of the course is taking place outside (video interviews) and in a large seminar room (view and discuss video recording). We only allow a small group (up to 6 participants) and ensure enough distance between the participants.


Day 1 (online): 18 June, 10:00 – 12:00

  • Introductory lecture how to give a video interview
  • Prepare messages on paper

Day 2 (at iDiv in Leipzig): 19 June, 10:00 – 15:00

  • Video interviews and feedback (2 rounds)
  • View video recordings (evaluate your own performance)
  • Discuss “framing” of your key messages


Dr. Volker Hahn

Dr. Hahn is the Head of Media and Communications at iDiv and has longtime experience in science journalism, in particular television.

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