Mentoring for female scientists

The Max Planck Society offers the mentoring program Minerva-FemmeNet for female scientists. Its aim is to pass on the expert knowledge of experienced female scientists – including former institute members – by mentoring junior female scientists. Approximately 300 mentors from research and industry make themselves available on a voluntary basis. The mentors have already gained professional experience and are adept at balancing family life with a career. Mentors may support and advise mentees on all issues regarding career planning and their future career path. The network's mentors are not only based in Germany but in England, France, Spain, the USA and Japan. Mentees benefit by gaining access to the mentors network and experiences and receiving feedback on their self-appraisal, while mentors find the program useful to build leadership and social skills.

In addition to the Minerva-FemmeNet, there are multiple regional mentoring networks for female scientists, including; two inter-university networks in Hessen (MentorinnenNetzwerk and SciMento throughout Hessen) and an inter-university network in Baden- Württemberg (MuT - Mentoring und Training: programs for the job-related support and promotion of highly qualified young female scientists, particularly postdocs and assistant professors).

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