Midterm Evaluations

Mid-term evaluations

To encourage more Ph.D. candidates to complete with good quality and within the prescribed time, as well as to prevent backsliding, the Doctoral course in Earth Sciences introduced the mid-term evaluations. The mid-term evaluation consists of an annual oral presentation and written progress report. If the Ph.D. candidate gets positive evaluations on his/her presentation and report will pass the year and proceed to the next year or the final evaluation procedure (for the Ph.D. candidates enrolled in the third year of the program).



Mid-term evaluation is an evaluation of the individual doctoral candidates' progress and will be carried out preferably in August-September every year. At mid-term evaluation, the doctoral candidates is given the opportunity to receive feedback on their work so far and opportunity to clearly define their further work. At the same time, mid-way evaluation allows the Doctoral Course for structured follow-up of the candidates and to identify possible situations that require follow-up.


The candidate’s report

The candidate should prepare a written a report (maximum four pages) on his/her activity during the year, this includes research results, publications, participation to congresses/workshops, attendance to courses/summer schools, didactic activity.


The candidate's presentation

Mid-term evaluation carried out by the candidate orally presents his/her doctoral work so far. The presentation should be public. Each Ph.D. candidate will give a short presentation. Each presentation is around 10 mins, followed by a 5 min Q&A. For Ph.D. candidates enrolled in third year of the program, the presentation will be a bit longer (30 min + 10/15 min Q&A).


The candidate’s initial presentation

Before nthe end of the first trimester, each candidate enrolled in the first year should give a 10 minute talk plus 5 min Q&A presenting his/her research project to the Ph.D. board.


Schedule of the internal deadlines for Ph.D. candidates of the XXIX-XXX-XXXI-XXXII-XXXIII series:




Initial presentations


(XXXIII series)

December 2017

Ph.D. dissertation defense

(XXX series)


Ph.D. thesis submission

(XXX series)

October 31, 2017

Upload of the of the Ph.D. thesis for evaluation panel

(XXX series)

October 31, 2017

Nomination of the Advisory Board

(XXX series)

December 22, 2017

Mid-term evaluation - Access to the final evaluation procedure and nomination of the evaluation panel

(XXX series)

October 4 - October 31, 2017 

Mid-term evaluation

(XXXI-XXXII series)

September 12 and 13, 2017

Ph.D. dissertation defense

(XXIX series)

March 13, 2017

Initial presentations

(XXXII series)

December 7, 2016