The Program

The mentoring program is a joint project of CUI, DESY, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, MIN Faculty Universität Hamburg, PIER Helmholtz Graduate School, SFB 676 and SFB 925. It is designed to accompany female doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of partner institutions through an important phase of their career development. It represents a contribution to increasing the number of women in leading positions at universities and partner institutions.

The program is designed for a period of 12 months and offers highly confidential one-to-one mentoring sessions, networking events and workshops concerning professional and personal development. In 2015, workshops and networking events included the following topics: Self-Marketing in Science, Leadership Skills, Networking, Acquisition of Funding, Presentations Skills.

pdf mit Übersicht über die Termine 2015/2016

The Mentors
The mentors are excellent female researchers (professors, group leaders, senior scientists, scientific coordinators) on the Bahrenfeld Research Campus and beyond. All of them provide their support as a mentor voluntarily and additionally to their academic workload. They have international experience and are very supportive in the career development of young researchers. The matching of mentor and mentee is essential for a successful mentoring process. The basis for this are intensive interviews with mentors and mentees.

I decided to become a mentor in the program in order to support and encourage mentees for the career path in science and research, even if it will become an unusual way. Discussions help widening the views on potentials and development perspectives for women (and mothers) in science.

Prof. Dr. Simone Techert, Mentor

I decided to become a mentor in order to encourage young women to continue a scientific career, and to support them in all kinds of questions which arise during their PhD and post-doc time. I also offer them an example for combining scientific career and parenthood, since this question continues to be highly relevant for many female scientists. In the discussions with my mentee, I enjoy the insight into other branches of physics as well as into the concerns of the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Jenny List, Mentor

Events are mainly in English. The language in the workshops and between mentees and mentors can be chosen individually between German and English.