Mentoring

The Max Planck Society supports female scientists at various career levels offering several Mentoring-Programs.

The term mentoring has its origins in Greek mythology and means "to guide" or "to support". In modern times, the task of a mentor is "to open doors". Mentors possess valuable experience of many different professional areas and career strategies and can pass on their knowledge to others. The protégé in this one-on-one relationship (often referred to as "tandem relationship") is often called "mentee".

For Women:

Minerva-FemmeNet is a network for female scientists at the Max Planck Society, which was set up at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt in early 2001. The idea behind this project is to use the experience of highly qualified female scientists - including former employees at Max Planck Institutes - to the benefit of young women scientists at the institute through a mentoring relationship.

SignUp! Careerbuilding supports female postdocs in their career development and prepares them for management tasks in modern science.

Within Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg scientific members of the Max Planck Society foster the careers of excellent female scientists after their postdoc phase, helping them to succeed on their way to an appointment as a tenured professor or as a director of a research institution.


The MPI EM cooperates with the University of Göttingen via Göttingen Campus offering the following programs:

The Dorothea Schlözer Mentoring Program for postdoctoral researchers and late PhDs at the Göttingen Campus is designed to accompany young female researchers through this transition phase of their career.

The UMG Margaret Maltby Programme offers young female scientists the opportunity to manage their careers successfully with mentoring; a combination of personal accompaniment by a female or male mentor, training and qualification as a person of leadership, coaching in small groups, and networking.

For All:

Mentoring by gender equality officers (, ). Thanks to years of experience in scientific networks (Wiebke) and recruitments (Ursula), we can advise and guide you. We can go through a scientific CV with you, listen to your practice job talk or advise you in the phase of starting a family (including the subsequent 20 years…).

WeWiMento - Wege ins Wissenschaftsmanagement shows the organizational units of a university science managers are active in and what tasks they take on.

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