Clarity through logic

Over 4.000 happy participants

Open Courses 2022: Thesis Defense Training (online), Nov 17th + 18th 2022


We offer courses on critical reasoning and logic for different target groups. Most of our courses take place as two-day block courses at universities and research institutions and are addressed at PhD students and postdocs.

Our vision

It´s all about Logic!

Many people are not aware that logic is a discipline in it´s own right. Logicians analyze what kinds of inferences are formally valid and what kinds of inferences are not valid. In our courses we introduce basic concepts of logic and apply them to arguments our participants are facing in their daily life.


In English-speaking countries, critical reasoning and logic is an integral part of most university curricula. In countries like Germany, critical reasoning is neither taught at schools nor in universities, and there is almost no literature on the topic. Our vision is to close this gap



We are currently cooperating with more than 60 universities and research centers throughout Europe.

Already over 400 courses with PhD students and postdocs.

Our participants say

"I really liked the course. The sections on logical structure of scientific texts, talks and also on writing a good intruduction were really helpful. It will surely help me in writing good papers and giving presentations."
(Critical Reasoning and Logic, July 2020)

- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

"This was one of the most helpful workshops I have attended during my PhD so far. It was very engaging, and the whole workshop, and especially the exercise, were very helpful not only for the preparation of my defense, but also for the thesis itself. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is about to start writing the thesis."
(Thesis Defense Training, Oct 2020)

- University of Basel - Faculty of Psychology

"It was a great workshop, the best I have ever taken from the DRS catalogue. Thank you!"
(Scientific Argumentation, Feb 2020)

- Dahlem Research School (DRS)

"It was the best course I have taken so far. I loved it and feel that it will completely change my approach when dealing with scientific literature or production of scientific texts."
(Critical Reasoning and Logic, April 2019)

- TU München

"It was great. I found it really interesting and useful. Malte is an awesome teacher. All scientists should take courses in logic."
(Critical Reasoning and Logic, Oct 2019)

- PRBB Barcelona Intervals Programme

"I have learnt some tips for oral argumentation that I could use both in my everyday life and academic life."
(Critical Reasoning and Logic, Oct 2019)

- PRBB Barcelona Intervals Programme

"This is a very relevant course that every PhD student would find it worthwhile."
(Scientific Argumentation, Feb 2019)

- Dahlem Research School Berlin

"I very much enjoyed this course! I realized how people attack me with invalid arguments and missunderstand my sentences. Thanks to this course I know to react to them and defend my argument."
(Critical Reasoning and Logic, Feb 2016)

- PRBB Barcelona Intervals Programme

"This was my last course as a PhD student, but the first one which should have deserved to last longer."
(Critical Reasoning and Logic, March 2015)

- Life Science Graduate School Zürich

"I really liked this course as I feel like I can use it directly for my thesis / papers. Very hands-on, very much needed for a lot of people I think." (Thesis Defense Training, June 2022)

- Internationale Graduate Academy Freiburg (IGA)

"Entertaining course, with very useful information that any researcher should do." (Critical Reasoning and Logic, March 2022)

- PRBB Barcelona Intervals Programme

"The course was one of the best courses I have attended. Very clear really nice exercises. I really enjoyed it! Thank you! I would definitely recommend it again!" (Critical Reasoning and Logic, March 2022)

- Life Science Zürich Graduate School


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    14621 Schönwalde-Glien (Schönwalde)
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