Postgraduate research students go through a disputation where they present and defend their thesis. Disputations have been part of the programme of events during Researchers’ Night. Unfortunately they usually are at a level that may be hard to follow if the audience is not familiar with the subject matter. It may, however be interesting for the public to witness the disputation process.
Target group: Narrow, knowledge of the area of research is often needed.
Preparations: Find a suitable disputation and invite visitors. Ask about the format and consider giving the visitors extra explanatory information. Market the activity.
Challenges: Difficult to find a disputation at a level that is not too advanced or inaccessible for the visitors.
Benefits: Provides an insight into current research.