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 person (mentor). Mentoring encourages professional and personal development. Mentors support young professionals during their professional identification process, advise on career planning and give helpful feedback. Mentors also provide vital know-how on leadership requirements, structures and processes in science and industry, explain unwritten rules and facilitate access to relevant network structures.

Our mentoring programme is directed towards young female and male scientists, starting at PhD student level, with support provided during the thesis project. The focus is on career strategies in science, industry and science management to provide insight into several career options and to facilitate early,  well-defined and personally suitable career decisions. Mentees will choose a suitable mentor from their field of interest and will be professionally accompanied for one year.

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

The current mentoring programme started in November 2017 and will continue till November 2018.


PROhear Mentoring: Mentoring programme for PhD students and young Postdocs (mixed group)

The training will start with a two-day Kick-off!-Workshop to clarify individual professional goals and receive advice for finding a suitable 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, training focussing on specific knowledge and personal competences will be provided to strengthen individual career decisions. A concluding evaluation at a final meeting will open future perspectives for interactive networking career strategies.


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

Information Event:
17 October 2017, 3.30-4.30 pm
W30 0-033/34, NeSSy, Oldenburg University, Küpkersweg 74
including Adobe Connect Video Conference for participants from Hannover

Kick-off! Meeting "Individual professional aims & How to find a suitable mentor":
30 November / 1 December, 9 am - 3 pm and 9 am - 12 pm
University Guesthouse, Oldenburg University, Drögen-Hasen-Weg 64

Meeting for Mentees "Mentor found? Support and start of the mentoring":
6 February 2018, 9 am - 12 pm
W30 3-324, NeSSy, Oldenburg University, Küpkersweg 74

Half-Year Meeting "Process evaluation, re-adjustment and networking":
13 June 2018, 9 am - 12 pm
W30 3-324, NeSSy, Oldenburg University, Küpkersweg 74

Final Workshop "Creative and active networking strategies for finding a fitting job":
15 November 2018, 10 am - 3 pm and 3.30 pm - 5 pm (Meeting with mentors)
University Guesthouse, Oldenburg University, Drögen-Hasen-Weg 64


If you are located in Oldenburg or Hannover, 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 (