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Mentoring – Potentials for the advancement of female careers in European academia and research and Gender Equality Plans

Constanta Maritime University (Romania) and the European Mentoring Network (eument-net) are organising an international conference with a professional exchange session:

Mentoring – Potentials for the advancement of female careers in European academia and research and for Gender Equality Plans

02. – 03. September 2024, Constanta, Romania

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our upcoming international conference. The core aims are to share good practices and positive examples of mentoring programs designed for advancing female careers in academia and Gender Equality Plans (GEP) actions. The event will also provide excellent networking opportunities for developing joint actions in mentoring and overall gender equality.

Objectives of the conference:

  • Improve action based on mutual sharing and discussion on mentoring and overall gender equality.
  • Brochure on the variety of mentoring programs in Europe and GEP prerequisites.
  • Share good practices on mentoring as part of Gender Equality Plan and on changing organisational culture towards gender equality.

We welcome members of academic and research institutions, practitioners, governmental agencies and any other individuals interested in mentoring programs and GEP and institutions across Europe.

Please read about the opportunities to take part in the Call for Contributions.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: July, 1
  • Deadline for Brochure Contribution: July, 1
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: July, 15
  • Registration for the conference: August, 15
  • Conference Dates: 02. – 03. September 2024

Venue: Constanta Maritime University – Nautical Base (Universitatea Maritima din Constanta – Baza Nautica), str. Cuartului 2, Constanta, Romania.

How to reach: Please take a flight to Bucharest. From Bucharest there is a railway connection to Constanta (departure hourly, every day). The journey takes approximately 2h 36m.

The detailed program of the conference:  Program eument-net Conference 2024

Please register for the conference HERE until August 15

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Call for Contributions

Eument-net is opening a Call for Contributions, kindly inviting you to take part in the professional exchange within the frames of the International Conference:

Mentoring – Potentials for the advancement of female careers in European academia and research and Gender Equality Plans, held on 2–3. September 2024, in Constanta, Romania


Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: July, 1
  • Deadline for Brochure Contribution: July, 1
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: July, 15
  • Registration for the conference: August, 15
  • Conference Dates: 02. – 03. September 2024

If you have any request, please do not hesitate to contact us:


We look forward to your contributions!


Conference Organizing Committee

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Expert Exchange 2024: How to establish an inclusive mentoring relationship

Cover of Nature Biology, Vol. 41. December 2023.
Cover of Nature Biology, Vol. 41. December 2023.

On June, 12 at 10:30-12:00  Dr. Julie Batut (Universite Toulouse, FR) gives a talk on how to establish an inclusive and operational mentor-mentee relationship using the tools of collective intelligence. Mentoring plays a crucial role in personal and professional development, providing support and knowledge transfer between experienced mentors and people seeking to grow. Establishing a mentor-mentee relationship requires a shared understanding of the principles of mentoring and a solid foundation of trust and communication. A practical one-day workshop has therefore been created to build this relationship collectively. The tools used help to build bridges between people and clarify the needs, rights and duties of each person in the interests of an inclusive and active science.

You can find more information about Dr. Julie Batut HERE!

The talk is based on the publication:

Foncy, J., Kwapisz, M., Knibiehler, M. & Batut Jl. Collectively building a mentor–mentee relationship through a one-day workshop. Nat Biotechnol 41, 1829–1833 (2023).

Please apply to participate for free till June 11, 2024:

You are welcome to invite your interested colleagues to the meeting.

With courage to professorship – 25 years of MuT mentoring

Ekaterina Masetkina, Dr. Dorett Schneider, Dr. Dagmar Hoeppel, Michaela Gindl, Dr. Christina Kurmeyer
Ekaterina Masetkina, Dr. Dorett Schneider, Dr. Dagmar Hoeppel, Michaela Gindl, Dr. Christina Kurmeyer

Since 1998, the MuT mentoring program of Stuttgart (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany) has been supporting female scientists on their way to professorship. During this time, a considerable mentoring network has been built up and countless success stories of professorships among mentees have been celebrated. Current statistics and personal reports show, how important the mentoring program for women in science continues to be.

Over the past 25 years, Dagmar Hoeppel, the initiator of MuT mentoring and distinguished Vice President of eument-net, has not only paved the way for gender equality in academia in Germany, but has also set standards as a pioneer at the European level. Her vision and commitment to equal chances have not only crossed borders, but also paved the way for other ground-breaking initiatives, such as European Mentoring Network, eument-net. The European cooperation in the field of mentoring, which Dagmar Hoeppel has driven forward, is a shining example of her ability to think beyond national borders and connect people. Building networks, transferring knowledge and promoting mutual understanding have always been central elements of her work. Dagmar´s sound scientific findings in mentoring and gender equality have not only laid the foundation for the development of guidelines and programs, but have also contributed to the global discussion on equality and inclusion.

Eument-net would like to extend the heartfelt congratulations to the eldest mentoring for female scientists in Germany and to thank everyone, who contributed to the success of this program. As one of the first programs of its kind Germany-wide, the MuT mentoring program for female scientists in Stuttgart has made an important contribution to the advancement of women in science. It has supported women in developing their talents, achieving their goals and overcoming obstacles.

Eument-net wishes our member MuT program continued success on your journey. May MuT mentoring encourage the next generations of female scientists and continue to be an inspiring role model for other countries and universities!

Anniversary celebration on December 8, 2023: Ekaterina Masetkina, Dr. Dorett Schneider, Dr. Dagmar Hoeppel, Michaela Gindl, Dr. Christina Kurmeyer (left to right)

eument-net in Freiburg – 10 years of kite mentoring

Hosted by the kite mentoring (University of Freiburg) and the European Mentoring Network, eument-net, the conference „Flying to New Heights with kite Mentoring“  was a platform for profound professional exchange, knowledge sharing, and transformative insights.
With a focus on gender equality and the invaluable practice of mentoring, this event is set to ignite a spark of inspiration and innovation. Featuring delegates from eight European countries, we were proud to stand as a collaborative force, including eument-net members from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, , Romania and Switzerland. This diverse and united community embodies the spirit of international cooperation and shared knowledge in the field of mentoring and gender equality.
At the core of our mission is the profound belief that mentoring holds the key to unlocking the full potential of female researchers. Our mission is to empower female early career researchers in science and business, fostering a generation of leaders who will soar to new heights.

We owe a great deal of our progress to the exchange of best practices, a collaborative effort that enriches our community. The kite mentoring of the University of Freiburg serves as a shining example of this. It showcases the power of mentorship, guiding individuals towards their academic aspirations with unwavering dedication. Eument-net extends the heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Rusdea, a scientific coordinator of kite mentoring and a member of the Executive Board of eument-net, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the kite mentoring programme for female researchers.
Thank you for being a part of this remarkable gathering!

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 ().

Expert Exchange 2023: Mentoring as Measure to improve for Gender Equality – A European view

Invited experts Lisa Kamlade and Thomas Berghoefer from the Genera Network are going to give a keynote talk based on their knowledge and experience regarding gender equality in higher education and research. The experts will offer an European view on mentoring as a measure to improve for gender equality.

Please save the date of the next Eument-net Expert Exchange:
September, 6th 10:00-12:00 a.m. CET, online

We invite all eument-net members and interested mentoring experts to discuss and exchange on your approaches and experiences towards gender equality within your current or future mentoring programs.

The eument-net expert exchange will be carried out digitally via ZOOM. Please enter your name and e-mail to get a link for the meeting.

GENERA is a gender equality network in Physics in European research area. Since 2015 GENERA has boosted awareness on the issue of gender equity in physics. The GENERA consortium prepared all tools necessary to tailor and implement gender equality plans (GEPs) and gender equality measures in the participating institutions. In the GENERA toolbox, for example, more than 100 good practice measures to support gender equality in physics institutions have been compiled. All necessary steps to implement a GEP have been described in the GENERA Roadmap. Guided by a project internal evaluation the individual institutions created and implemented their GEPs.

Thomas Berghoefer, Senior Scientist

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Dr. Thomas W. Berghoefer studied Physics and Astrophysics in Marburg, Bochum, and received a PhD in Munich. He won a Humboldt fellowship to work at the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley. During his active research career, he was working in X-ray and EUV astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, UC Berkeley, and University of Hamburg. While working at the University of Hamburg he was appointed as one of the women’s representatives in the faculty of physics. He holds a degree in higher education didactics and e-learning methods from the University of Hamburg. Later he became a science programme manager in the German research funding system of the federal government. He coordinated several larger European consortia on research funding, R&D, and gender in physics. Thomas Berghöfer is currently the coordinator of GENERA Network.

Lisa Kamlade, Project manager

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Lisa Kamlade studies business psychology (M.Sc.) in Hamburg and works as a full-time project manager at DESY, Hamburg.

In the GENERA project she was the Implementation Manager coordinating between all relevant stakeholders involved in the implementation of a Gender Equality Plan at DESY. After GENERA project she worked in the European project ACT as a Community of Practice (CoP) facilitator. Alongside, Lisa is the vice-coordinator of the GENERA Network since 2018 and she’s part of the European project Einstein Telescope (INFRA-DEV).   LinkedIn Profile

How valuable an exchange of mentoring experiences is!

Written by Vrabcová Tina & Bastlová Daša

Report on mentoring exchange of specialists of education and mentoring of Biology Center, Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice

Networking is a very important part of the most successful projects. The past three years showed us that even the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic can’t stop us from implementing our plans. Thanks to the online environment, we have been able to continue networking, working and discussing even in times of total lockdown. But there is certainly no doubt that there is nothing like a face-to-face meeting, a personal touch, sharing experiences in person and undoubtedly the added value of building personal contacts on a large European scale. This was one reason why we decided to plan a series of in-person meetings in June 2022 focused on an exchange of mentoring experiences between the coordinators of the mentoring programme at the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences and coordinators from several universities in Germany. Thanks to eument-net membership and on the advice of the former chair of eument-net, Katerina Cidlinska, all these meetings became possible!

Our journey to explore mentoring experiences started in Dusseldorf, at Heinrich Heine University. Ekaterina Masetkina invited us to the anniversary ceremony of the SelmaMeyerMentoring programme and opening of Selma-Meyer-Straße on the campus. During this ceremony, we had a chance to hear many inspiring stories and to speak with the mentors and mentees. We also had a very interesting conversation with a mentor of the SelmaMeyerMentoring programme, Marcus Holzheimer, who helps to prepare participants of mentoring programmes for their future career. During our visit, we moreover had a very insightful discussion with gender equality officers Anja Vervoorts and Claudia Balan about the German science system and problems of gender (in-)equality that German women scientists face. Later, we had an opportunity to discuss mentoring experiences and programmes with the mentoring coordinator Kati Korst, who travelled from RWTH Aachen University specially to meet us and to talk about the advantages of the mentoring programmes.

The next day, we took a train straight to Cologne where mentoring coordinator Phuong Glaser and head of mentoring Kathrin Pieper had arranged a meeting with us and the members of the HR department. We shared our experiences from mentoring programmes and learned about the different types of mentoring offered by the University of Cologne. Thanks to Phuong, we had a chance to attend an event relating to gender equality and the glass ceiling in academia.

One week later, we continued our “mentoring trip” to Greifswald. This time, our two colleagues from the grants office of the Biology Centre CAS accompanied us. We received a very warm welcome from Annette Ehmler from Greifswald University with whom we learned more about the university’s interesting history first. Later, we obtained comprehensive information about mentoring programme(s) and the Mentothek and were really impressed. Our colleagues from the grants office shared differences and similarities between the two institutions in many aspects of grant support for scientists.

After two fruitful days in Greifswald, we continued on to Kiel. Our plan was to meet and discuss the Via_mento programme with Ruth Kamn and gender equality activities with Iris Werner. Despite the very strict Covid situation in Kiel, both were eager to share their experiences with us and we learnt a lot from them.

And how can we summarize our June 2022? Sharing, discussing and gaining new knowledge helped us to understand the similarities between the problems at different institutions and in two countries. We have to point out that personal visits and experiences served as a huge inspiration for us and encouraged us, giving us the feeling that our work does indeed make a difference. We are very grateful for this feeling! We would like to thank all colleagues from Germany again for finding time to meet with us and share their knowledge. Many thanks for the impressive work they do!

Foto Copyright HHU Dusseldorf: left to right: Bastlová Daša (CZ), Dr. Dorothea Uhle (D), Marcus Holzheimer (D) and Vrabcová Tina (CZ) during the anniversary ceremony of the SelmaMeyerMentoring programme in Dusseldorf

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Expert Exchange 2022: Visibility of Mentees & Activities for Alumnae of Mentoring Programs



On 7th December 2022 a member of eument-net, Annette Ehmler, is going to share the best practice to increase the visibility of women scientist (mentees and alumnae) at the University of Greifswald (Germany).

University of Greifswald, situated in the North-Eastern part of Germany, is a fairly small institution of higher education with approx. 10,000 students. Female students, PhDs and postdoctoral researches have the opportunity to participate in various mentoring programmes of KarriereWegeMentoring. For the tenth anniversary of the mentoring-programmes in 2021, KarriereWegeMentoring established a variety of events and activities. Some of them – like the Mentothek or the advent calendar –  focussed on mentees and alumnae and aroused a nationwide interest. Both activities also contributed to more visibility of mentoring and the participants involved. Annette Ehmler will present both activities: What was the idea about – how were they realised and what tips can she give to those, who plan similiar activities?

We invite you cordially to the Online Expert Exchange on December 7th, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All eument-net members are invited via e-mail. If you are not a member but you would like to take part, please feel free to apply until December 5th in order to get the link for the event.

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Eument-net Online Expert Meeting on November, 8th 2021

eument-net carried out the international digital expert exchange on evaluation of mentoring programmes for the eument-net members and all other interested mentoring experts. The meeting took place on November, 8th, 2021 from 9 AM till 3 PM. More than 50 representatives from ten countries participated in the conference with three keynote speaches (Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer from UK, Dr. Anke Lipinsky from Germany and Dr. Angela Wroblewski from Austria). After the lunch there were vivid discussions in the mutual learning groups on external and internal evaluations as well as in the open space breakout room „evaluation – lessones learned“.

Evaluation of Mentoring Programmes – Learnings for the Future”

Keynote speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer, Portia (UK): Gender Equality Measures in Academia: Needs and Challenges (EU policy perspective)

Dr. Anke Lipinsky, GESIS (Germany): Evaluating Gender Equality Interventions – an Overview of ‘Why’ and ‘How’

Dr. Angela Wroblewski, IHS (Austria): Effective mentoring through monitoring and internal evaluation

Facilitator: Dr. Ruth Kamm, University Kiel.

Detailed programme of the conference.

Thank you for being with us this time and see you at the next eument-net conference!