Mentoring Programme

Mentoring is a proven and effective way of purposefully supporting young scientists and promoting leadership development.

Mentoring is based on the informal transfer of experience and knowledge and the individual support of a young professional (mentee) by an experienced professional in the field (mentor). Mentoring encourages professional and personal development. Mentors support young professionals during their professional identification process, consult on career planning and give constructive feedback. Mentors provide vital know-how on leadership requirements, structures and processes in science and industry, explain unwritten rules and facilitate access to relevant network structures.

Mentoring programmes for female and male young scientists are established, starting at Ph.D. student level, with support provided during the thesis project. The focus will be on Career Strategies in Science and Enterprises as well as Science Management to provide an insight in several career options including alternative career paths allowing early and clear personally suitable career decisions. Mentees will choose a suitable mentor in their field and will be professionally accompanied for one year.

In the case you need further information about the Mentoring programme, guidelines etc. please kindly contact us.

The next Mentoring programme will start 30.11./1.12.2017.


PROhear Mentoring: Mentoring Programme for Ph.D. students and young PostDocs (mixed group) will start end of 2017

The training will start with a two-days Kick-off!-Workshop to clarify individual professional goals and "How to find a mentor?". After finding the individual mentor professional support will be provided to start a successful and efficient mentoring phase. A half-year meeting of all mentees will allow process evaluation, re-adjustment and networking. Additionally, trainings focussing specific knowledge and personal competences will be provided to strengthen individual career decisions. A final evaluation at a final meeting will open future perspectives for interactive networking career strategies.


Trainer: Nadja Plothe - Bremen, Training, Coaching and Moderation

Information Event  October 17, 2017, 3.30-4.30pm, (Nadja Plothe), NeSSy W30-0-33/34, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Küpkersweg 74, Oldenburg, Adobe Connect Video Conference (Hannover) 

Kick-off! Meeting "Individual professional Aims & How to find a suitable Mentor": November 30 - December 1, 2017, 9am-3pm and 9am-12pm (Nadja Plothe), University Guesthouse, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Drögen-Hasen-Weg 64, 26129 Oldenburg

Meeting for Mentees "Mentor found? Support and Start of the Mentoring": February 6, 2018, 9am-12pm, (Nadja Plothe), NeSSy W30-3-324, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Küpkersweg 74, Oldenburg

Half-Year Meeting "Process Evaluation, Re-adjustment and Networking": June 13, 2018, 9am-12pm (Nadja Plothe), NeSSy W30-0-33, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Küpkersweg 74, Oldenburg

Workshop“Career Development in Science”: July 5, 2018, Medical School Hannover & Individual Skype Coaching: July 6, 2018 – Dr. Beate Scholz 

Final Workshop "Final Evaluation, Future Perspectives, Interactive Networking": November 15, 2018, 9am-3pm (Nadja Plothe), University Guesthouse, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Drögen-Hasen-Weg 64, 26129 Oldenburg


If you are located in Oldenburg, or Hanover and need more information, please contact or


For scientists located at Hannover Medical School (MHH) additional service provided by the Coordination Office for Equal Opportunities of the MHH ( is available.



For scientists located at Leibniz Universität Hannover please follow the link to the offers of the Graduate Academy of Leibniz Universität Hannover (