DPOB Seminars

Friday afternoon, every two weeks, online

These voluntary seminars are only for PhD students of the doctoral program.

They are here to help you learn about the amazing diversity of projects in our program and to get to meet other students throughout the year (as a complement to the Annual Meeting).

They are here to offer a safe place to practice presentations skills in front of a lab-meeting-like friendly audience, and it is also an opportunity for students attending the seminar to practice asking questions to the speaker!

If you just started the PhD or a new chapter, you can talk about your future plans and ideas. If you already have a lot of results, you can take the meeting as a chance to train for a conference, or for your mid-thesis meeting, or for your PhD defense!

We highly encouraged you to take part in these seminars, by attending, by asking questions, and by presenting! The virtual format is allowing students based outside of Neuchâtel to access without traveling.

Format & Audience

One PhD student gives a presentation for 10-15 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of questions/discussion round for all attending people to ask questions and/or give honest feedback on the presentation. The whole meeting should not take longer than 30 minutes, but, of course, you are welcome to stay longer to chat & socialize like an online TGIF!

The audience could be summarized as: only PhD students, in biology, but from a wide range of specific biology-related research fields. Students in our program are working on projects ranging from monkey behavior to microbiology, and also plant physiology or mosquitoes-transmitted-disease like malaria!

It is therefore nice to keep the talk short, like an introduction to your project and its scientific context, for example, like a general public/outreach talk.


Please refer to this shared online sheet to know who is presenting and when.

Would you like to give a presentation?

Please write to Ursula Oggenfuss, the PhD student of our program who volunteered to organize these seminars. You are also welcome to offer your help in organizing :)

General information

Date: Friday afternoon, every two weeks

Schedule: 3 pm - 4 pm (might be subject to change, please refer to the invitation email send before each seminar)

Venue: Online, on Zoom (the link will be provided in the invitation email). Please put your Video ON and Microphone OFF upon joining the meeting.

ECTS: 0.5 ECTS for giving a talk, only one time per year per person. After the seminar, please send a confirmation email and your abstract to the doctoral program coordinator.

Information: Please contact Ursula Oggenfuss or the doctoral program coordinator.

Registration: no need to register to attend the seminars.

A note about Imposter Syndrome

The initial idea for launching this new type of seminar in our program, was to help against the so-called Imposter Syndrome. However, these seminars are far more than only an anti-imposter tool and you should feel welcome to participate no matter what you think about it :)

What is Imposter Syndrome?

PhD students and scientists in general often suffer from imposter syndrome, which is not a disease, but a crippling feeling of not being good enough, being in the wrong place and just generally to be a fraud.

More about it here, here, and here.

We have noticed that to help reducing this feeling, presenting our work, getting critical questions and honest feedback can make a big difference. Getting pushed out of our comfort zone and interacting with other researchers actually helps to realize that we are at the right place!

We are aware that this solution might not work for everyone, but we would like to offer the opportunity and the framework. Moreover, getting more experience in presenting our research can only be good for everyone :)