29 October 2020
Goals and expectations are defined in the introductory workshop (here at an earlier workshop).
The new round of the dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences has started. 15 female doctoral students will be intensively supported in the coming months as part of the doctorate program. Eight female scientists will receive valuable support for their career planning in the advanced program for female postdocs, (junior) group leaders and junior professors. The dynaMENT doctorate program lasts one year, dynaMENT advanced is designed for two years.
To kick off the program, the participants were invited to a welcome meeting with introductory workshops. "This gave them a chance to get to know each other and also me," says Julia Panzer. In May, the sociologist took over the coordination of the mentoring program from Anika Ostermaier-Grabow, who after three years of intensive program support had taken over the administrative management of the Cluster of Excellence "CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter".
Develop individual goals
The focus of the introductory workshop was on developing individual goals for the mentoring program and preparing for the first meeting with the mentor.
"I joined the program because I am interested to learn more about the workplace and networking in Germany. In addition, I think that the advice and guidance of the program will help me to become a better leader, something that is very important for me," Dr. Neus Feliu Torres, group leader at the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Nanotechnology CAN, explained her expectations of the advanced program.
"Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is key for a fruitful career. By supporting me to self-reflect and by making a game plan, my mentor helps me to develop my skills and set realistic goals for my future," said Emma Pietsch, PhD candidate at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, whose researchers could apply for the first time.
Suitable mentoring teams are essential
Julia Panzer is very much looking forward to accompanying and supporting the two groups. The coordinator worked for several years in the Equal Opportunities Department of the Faculty of Law and is still project officer for Science Communication at the Hamburg Research Academy. An essential task as coordinator of the mentoring program is to find a suitable mentor for each participant. Julia Panzer: "It is very exciting for me to incorporate my knowledge of sociology and social research into this project and accompany the mentees on their way.”
Increase the portion of women in the natural sciences
The goal of dynaMENT is to increase the proportion of women at all career levels in the natural sciences. The program is aimed at women in scientific research who are looking for a career in science. It focuses on one-to-one counselling, i.e. intensive, personal discussions with an experienced executive selected in an individual matching process. In addition, regular networking events and workshops are held for the participants. dynaMENT also supports the scientists in the further planning and development of their careers through science-specific training and strategic networking events. The program takes place in English.
dynaMENT is a cooperation between the Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron (DESY) and the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences of the Universität Hamburg with the participation of the clusters of excellence "CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter" and "Quantum Universe". Scientists of the XFEL GmbH, the Heinrich Pette Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf UKE and the Bernhard-Nocht Institut are also welcome to apply. The application process is currently being revised and the application start next year will be announced in time.
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