Eument-net International Conference in Freiburg

In October 2023, our eument-net member „kite-mentoring“ program will celebrate its anniversary „Flying to new heights with kite-mentoring – 10 years of empowering women“ at the University of Freiburg. The European mentoring network will support this celebration with a joint International conference on 12-13 October 2023 for its members and all interested parties.

Two keynote speakers will discuss gender equality and mentoring in academia:
Prof. Dr. Tomas Brage (Lund University, Sweden) – “Gender bias in academia – a threat to academic values

Prof. Dr. Marieke van den Brink (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands) – “Mentoring in higher education – supporting career development and organizational change

Day 1, Thursday, October 12, 2023

13:00   Registration for the conference
14:00   Opening & all about „kite-mentoring“
16:00   Key Notes & discussion
18:15    Networking in the lounge with finger food & refreshments

Day 2, Friday, October 13, 2023

09:30  Eument-net Expert Exchange with input from Prof. Marieke van den Brink
12:30   Lunch & Get Together
13:30   General assembly with special focus on future development and activities of eument-net
15:30   End of eument-net meeting

Learn more about how the „kite-mentoring“ program in Freiburg empowers women in STEM fields (Dr. Evelyn Rusdea), meet mentees, alumnae and mentors involved in the program during flash talks, speak with mentoring tandems from academia and industry, and hear from different role models, such as an alumna who recently held a professorship. There will be also various other offers like a  small career fair for mentees and alumnae, including a brief presentation of the invited partners from industry. The first conference day will end with networking in the Lounge of IMBIT including finger food, snacks and refreshments.

The second conference day will begin with a Eument-net Expert Exchange involving Prof. Dr. Marieke van den Brink. In her keynote contribution Prof. van den Brink will explore the effects and possibilities of sponsorship and how inclusive gender equality approaches can be integrated into mentoring programs. This will be followed by an interactive session on sharing outcomes and international expert exchange. The participants will discuss in small groups from the perspectives of mentoring programme coordinators, gender equality officers, career advisors, personnel developers, but also of mentees, mentors, institutions and external drivers. The key aspects will be in the focus of the exchange:

  •           recruitment of mentors and mentors’ skills
  •           attitudes of institutions/awareness within institutions
  •           external influences/driving forces

The Eument-net Expert Exchange will end with a joint discussion in the plenary.

During the lunch break, we cordially invite all the eument-net members and interested parties to an informal Get Together. After the lunch there will be the Annual General Assembly of eument-net. We will focus on future development and activities of eument-net as a network and especially on the members interests and needs. Please bring your ideas.

For those who stay in Freiburg after the conference on Friday, October 13 „kite-mentoring“ and eument-net will organize a joint dinner and social networking event at 19:00 for all attendees at „Paradies“ – a traditional beer garden in Freiburg.

Register for the conference here today – we look forward to meeting you in Freiburg!

Final application deadline is extended, we kindly ask you to register by October, 1, 2023.

You can find the detailed program of the conference HERE.

Venue: The Conference will take place on both days at

Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Faculty of Engineering
IMBIT building (Intelligent Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology)
Georges Köhler Allee 201
79110 Freiburg, Germany

The joint dinner & networking event will take place on Friday October 13 at 19:00 at
Restaurant „Paradies“
Mathildenstr. 26
79106 Freiburg, Germany

Accommodation: Book your own accommodation or take advantage of the contingent of rooms pre-reserved for eument-net members at Hotel Stadt Freiburg near the conference venue. 20 single rooms are available for the special price of €110 per night (incl. breakfast buffet); double rooms are available for the special price of €145 per night (incl. breakfast for two people). Participants are able to reserve rooms directly with the hotel up until 12 September 2023 using the keyword “eument-net”. Please only book in writing by sending an email to .

Hotel Stadt Freiburg

Breisacher Str. 84
79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

In case of requests, please do not hesitate to contact Ekaterina Masetkina, eument-net chair () or Evelyn Rusdea, kite-mentoring coordinator and member of eument-net executive board ().