EGU offers a mentoring programme at its annual General Assembly. The programme aims to support first-time conference attendees and help them build connections with other researchers within the Earth, planetary and space science communities. Past participants of the EGU mentoring scheme have reported that it’s a rewarding and fun experience for both mentees and mentors, so please consider signing up today!
Anyone attending the General Assembly for the first time is encouraged to register to become a mentee. Mentees will be matched with an experienced conference participant (mentor) to help them navigate the conference, network with other attendees, and exchange feedback and ideas regarding professional activities and career development.
The EGU will match mentors and mentees prior to the conference and organise meetup opportunities for those taking part in the mentoring programme.
Any scientist (including early career researchers) who has attended at least two EGU General Assemblies is eligible to sign up as a mentor to share their expertise with first timers. Participating in the programme does not need to take up much of your time before or during the EGU conference. You are free to define how many times you would like to meet up with your assigned mentee(s). They can also join you for specific sessions you think would be worthwhile for them, and/or you can encourage them to participate in networking events you may be attending with your geoscience colleagues. Please note that the mentoring programme is only intended to be for the duration of the GA. However, mentors and mentees are encouraged to stay in touch after the conference if this is considered mutually beneficial for both parties.
Mentors and mentees should be able to:
- Contact your mentee/mentor at least one week before the General Assembly
- Discuss their objectives for the mentoring, for example: sharing science; getting the most out of the General Assembly; networking; or career opportunities
- Meet in person at the beginning of the conference (ideally during the planning meeting on Monday morning (10:45) and/or the Sunday ice breaker (18:30)) to get acquainted and make plans to achieve the desired objectives
- Meet the end of the week to answer any remaining questions on additional steps the mentee might take to further meet their objectives and/or to reflect on the usefulness of the mentoring experience
- Introduce your mentee/mentor to at least three colleagues
Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet in the Networking & ECS Zone during the General Assembly. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the EGU General Assembly Mentoring Programme is currently open.
Please use the registration form to participate in the mentoring programme this year (submission deadline 8 March 2020).
Disclaimer: EGU will try to match all mentors and mentees but it may not always be possible to find a suitable pairing for everyone. Furthermore, if you are matched, we cannot guarantee your mentor/mentee is someone working or studying in your specific scientific field. While the EGU is responsible for the matching process, it is up to each matched mentor-mentee pair to define their own meetings and programme for the conference, based on the suggestions above.
Mentoring programme events during the General Assembly
Mentees and mentors are required to attend the following two events:
Mentoring Programme Meeting Point at the EGU ice-breaker
A chance for mentors and mentees to meet in person, and discuss the mentoring programme goals. The meeting point will be in Foyer F next to the early career scientists corner at the ice-breaker. Mentor and mentee (M&M) stickers will be available to help you identify other participants in the programme.
Mentoring Programme Planning Meeting
Planning meeting for mentees and mentors participating in EGU's mentoring programme. We will provide general information and tips for the programme. This will be a very good opportunity for all mentoring groups to meet and get started! Please note that room -2.31 is at the brown basement level.
Quotes from past participants in the programme
What could be more rewarding than sharing experience with a keen young researcher? The mentoring programme teamed me up with a young East-Asian Vienna first-timer - closely matching scientific interest meant that we had loads to talk about, not just how to navigate the EGU AGM. We have since met at a specialist conference and I am sure that the mentoring scheme has produced friends for life.
Mentoring an EGU novice student was the highlight of my 2017 General Assembly week. To see our elaborate and overwhelmingly large meeting through the eyes of a rookie makes you actively aware of many aspects that you have always taken for granted. To see the excitement in the eyes of a rookie when you take them deep into our organization and show them paths they had not expected to be open to them makes you appreciate all the General Assembly has to offer.
Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for growth. Through the mentoring programme I was introduced to Dr Niels Hovius who was a generous mentor during EGU'17. His guidance during the conference enabled my interactions with prominent scientists and to navigate the conference to my maximum potential. I am grateful for this programme and hope it be fruitful for students in this coming year.