Call for Posters: PhD Forum at the 54th Deutsche Historikertag 2023

The PhD Students‘ Forum will again take place within the framework of the 54th Deutsche Historikertag in Leipzig (19-22 September 2023). In addition to the meeting and an exchange workshop, there will be an opportunity to display dissertation projects visually to bring them closer to a general public in the field of history.

PhD students can present their research projects in the form of DIN A0 posters (in portrait format) and, in this way, establish contacts for their academic activities. The costs of printing and displaying the posters at the conference venue will be covered.

The posters will be widely accessible throughout the conference and displayed in a prominent position. A pre-selection of the submitted posters will be done by an independent committee – consisting of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers – taking into account the following criteria: 

  • clear, concise presentation of the dissertation project;
  • comprehensibility for the observer (beyond historiographical discipline, epoch and academic experience);
  • presentation of the research question(s), research hypotheses and initial research results (for advanced doctoral projects); and
  • the use of visual and graphic elements that facilitate interest in the poster and the grasp of the topic.

To enable scientific communication beyond the on-site conference, the posters will be temporarily accessible on the L.I.S.A Wissenschaftsportal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. In addition, a QR code on each poster will provide the opportunity to link to optional content of the research project (e.g. research profile, homepage of the presenter, topic-related animations, audio or video recordings). 

Applications are accepted from doctoral candidates at any stage of their dissertation project. The posters can be written in German or English. 


Application deadline28.02.2023
Application documentsPoster outline with information on the structure of the poster (outline, text-image design) and project outline (max. 200 words) incl. title of the project, start of the doctorate and contact details (in German or English)
Type of applicatione-mail attachment as PDF file 

Accepted applicants will be notified by April and will receive a handout with instructions for the formal design of the posters. The closing date for submission of the final draft poster is 28.08.2023.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the VHD’s PhD students‘ representation or the organisation office of the Historikertag.


PD Dr. Thomas Urban | Managing Director Organisation Office 54th Deutsche Historikertag