Starting your Dissertation Successfully: Project Management for the Own Research Project

The doctorate is a project with many phases and tasks. Careful planning will help you stay on top of everything and let you stay focused. This will save you a lot of time and leave you less frustrated.
In this workshop participants will formulate their goals for their research, thereby taking the participants’ specific setting into account. You will learn to plan long-lasting projects, break these down into manageable work packages and realize the tasks effectively. A special focus will be on realistic timelines and how these can be fitted well in to your day-to-day schedule.
Following topics will be discussed in the workshop:

  • Analysing the own current situation: at which stage am I, who is supporting me, what is slowing me down
  • Project management: Background, concepts and current planning methods for the own project
  • Time Management, Tools and Tips
  • Planning killers

The workshop will allow plenty of time to work on the own project but also introduce the theory on project- and time management. An active exchange of all participants will be supported.
Participants should already have drafted and discussed first sketches of their dissertation.
In a second follow-up meeting experiences with the tools will be exchanged and problems concerning planning discussed.


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Location: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, Seminar room 2 (2nd floor)

Registration: Online via Univis online

Registration takes place exclusively online via U:Space. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.


Mag.a Allison O’Reilly

Allison studied economics and sociology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. During her studies she worked for the student union as student service officer for two years. Allison joined the team of Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna in June 2010. She has built up and is further developing a service for international PhDs. Allison has held workshops for the Center for Doctoral Studies since 2011 and has organized several summer schools and trainings on topics such as career development, communication and time management. Bianca Lindorfer

Bianca Lindorfer studied History at the Universities of Vienna and Granada. After a lectureship at Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic in spring 2004, she held a research position at the European University Institute in Florence, from 2004 to 2008, where she obtained her PhD in Early Modern History. In 2008 Bianca Lindorfer joined the University of Vienna and supported the transition to the three years doctoral study program and the establishment of the Center for Doctoral Studies. Besides general counseling of doctoral candidates, her current activities at the Center include the organization and monitoring of the Centers’ transferable skills trainings program, the organization of the annual conference on doctoral related topics as well as tasks related to public relations. She helds workshops and gives lecturs on topics such as how to navigate your PhD, communication and time management.