Mentoring Program for Female Scientists and Academics

The goal of the mentoring program is to encourage gifted and motivated female academics to strengthen their abilities and potentials for the professional career track and to provide them with support from the experiences of successful scholars further along in their careers.

Our target group consists of female academics at the postdoctoral level, both with and without secondary postdoctoral qualifications (habilitation), junior professors, women in the final phase of their dissertation, and junior group leaders at the Charité who seek to further their academic careers or who would like to take on leadership positions in research and teaching fields or in clinical areas.

Why Mentoring as a Means of Promoting the Advancement of Women?

The core concept of mentoring is that in order to attain professional success, qualifications and dedication are not sufficient on their own; rather, first and foremost, there is a need for supportive relationships. The Mentoring Program at the Charité attempts to work precisely from this premise and make possible and promote these supportive relationships through mentoring tandem partnerships, as well as through networking groups. In university medicine, it is still the case that women attain leadership positions far less often than men do. This is due to various reasons, but, for example, it is often the case that women take on a much larger share of the family responsibilities. As a result, the academic careers of men and women often take very different courses, and women are always harder to find the higher one looks up the career ladder. For example, at the postdoctoral stages and later when entering the professional stage, there are far fewer women than men to be found. At the Charité in 2014, 19% of the professors were women.

The Mentoring Program at the Charité is attempting to work against this phenomenon of a “leaky pipeline.” Through contact with a very successful mentor, women gain access to guiding examples of distinctive career paths, leadership abilities, the art of diplomacy, strategic career decisions, etc. Often in their role as mentors, men will encounter the necessity of women’s advancement when they see with their own mentees what kinds of obstacles emerge in the careers of women as different expressions of a “glass ceiling.”

In the seminar program, there will be training in “soft skills” such as clear communication, maintaining a self-assured demeanor, leadership, etc. in order to develop individual abilities and to understand and practice techniques for cultivating assertiveness.

In the networking portion of the program, additional relationships to colleagues will be fostered and nurtured; here, networking can be practiced, and above all, it will be impressed upon people at every stage of their career just how similar everyone’s professional issues can be.

Report on Equal Opprtunity 2012-2014

Concept and Evaluation of the Mentoring Program for Academics

The next announcement will be in June 2017

We are members of the network: Lived Diversity at the Charité