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Antje participated in the Leibniz Mentoring Program

17 April 2024

Antje successfully completed the Leibniz Mentoring Program 2022/23 this year. The Leibniz Mentoring program has brought women in science together for the past ten years. In celebration of this milestone, Antje and her mentor, Prof. Dr. Amelie Wuppermann, gave an interview for the magazine of the Leibniz Association, "leibniz," clearly demonstrating how beneficial this program was for them.

In summary, Antje asserts that one of the greatest strengths of this program is its exclusive focus on women – it's enriching and provides a safe space. Being at the same career stage and facing similar problems, sharing experiences in this supportive atmosphere was particularly valuable. The exchange with her mentor was equally important to Antje. Over the year and a half with Amelie, she particularly appreciated her openness and supportive approach. Amelie consistently provided advice and shared her personal experiences. “Amelie is a source of inspiration,” Antje states. From Amelie's perspective, trust is crucial for a functioning tandem – mutual trust that what is discussed within the tandem remains confidential. Their time in the mentoring program has just ended, and both sincerely hope their “academic friendship” will endure.

The Leibniz Mentoring program fosters professional development through training, networking, and process support. Mentees, postdoctoral researchers, collaborate closely with senior researchers as mentors, forming tandems to nurture career growth. Regular seminars, held every two months in Berlin, cover essential leadership skills tailored to the scientific context, including career strategies, leadership competencies, and research funding. The program offers mandatory and elective modules, ensuring flexibility to meet diverse needs. Process support facilitates continuous reflection and knowledge transfer, including mentor selection workshops and periodic seminars.