The public defence is an academic discussion between the opponents and the doctoral candidate. The defence itself is open to the public. Normally, close relatives, fellow students, colleagues and faculty members from the department are present. It is customary for the candidate and the opponents to dress formally.
For detailed information, please see both Procedure for the defence of doctoral theses at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the existing regulations and guidelines.
After the defence, the evaluation committee must sign a statement confirming whether the candidate has successfully passed the defence. The statement will be written by the committee leader and must be signed by all three members of the committee.
If you have questions concerning your duties as a committee member, please consult the leader of the evaluation committee.
Date of defence
The date for the public defence is decided by the evaluation committee in consultation with the candidate. The department, in cooperation with the committee leader, will find the time and venue for the public defence.
About 3 weeks before the defence the departments administration will inform the Faculty about the time and venue for the defence, by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee leader will inform the opponents and candidate about the time and venue for the public defence.
The Faculty wil announce the defence.