Mentoring Programme

Mentoring is an effective means of purposefully supporting young professionals and future executives: An experienced professional (mentor) informally shares knowledge with a less experienced person (mentee) and becomes a trusted adviser and role model during the mentee's professional identification process. Mentees specifically benefit by receiving advice on career planning and by developing personal qualities, as well as by gaining insight into structures in academia and industry, and access to professional networks.

The PROhear mentoring programme takes one year and addresses young scientists (sometimes offered exclusively for female participants), starting from the level of PhD candidates during the final year of their doctoral project. Mentees will actively look for a suitable mentor from their respective area of interest. Besides the periodic meetings with the mentor a professionally accompanied training programme with a focus on career strategies in science and industry will provide much sought-after guidance for the career.

The current mentoring programme was concluded in November 2018.


PROhear Mentoring Programme
for PhD students and junior 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, 9.15 am - 2 pm
W30 3-324, NeSSy, Oldenburg University, Küpkersweg 74


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 (