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Review: Anniversary Event - 10 years of kite-mentoring

October 12-13, 2023

On October 12-13, 2023 the “kite-mentoring” program at the University of Freiburg celebrated 10 years of empowering female early career researchers. The eument-net - European mentoring network - supported this celebration with a joint International conference in Freiburg for its members and all interested parties.

On the first Conference day, we had two keynote speakers, who discussed about gender equality and mentoring in academia:


Prof. Dr. Tomas Brage (Lund University, Sweden)
Gender bias in academia - a threat to academic values


Prof. Dr. Marieke van den Brink (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Mentoring in higher education – supporting career development and organizational change
Moderation: Colette Schrodi (European Science Foundation Strasbourg, France)                                    


Conference Venue

IMBIT building (Intelligent Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology), Georges-Köhler Allee 201, 79110 Freiburg

Program October 12, 2023

After the official opening, the coordinator of the kite-mentoring program (Dr. Evelyn Rusdea) briefly presented how this program empowers women in the STEM fields at the University of Freiburg since 10 years now.
During flash talks (20 minutes sessions) attendees had the opportunity to hear the different perspectives from mentors, current mentees and alumnae, including an alumna, who recently received a professorship.
After a short coffee break, the invited speakers Prof. Tomas Brage from Lund University, Sweden and Prof. Marieke van den Brink from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands presented their special topics regarding Gender bias in academia and Mentoring in higher education - supporting measure for career development.
The general discussion after the talks was moderated - as the whole event - by Colette Schrodi from ESF in Strasbourg. The program continued with a small career fair for mentees and alumnae, starting with a brief presentation of the invited partners from industry.
The first conference day ended with networking in the Lounge of IMBIT including finger food and refreshments.

13:00 Registration
Prof. Ilka Diester – Spokesperson of BrainLinks-BrainTools (video message)
Prof. Sonja Albers  Dean Faculty of Biology
Dr. Regina Herzog – Equal Opportunities Officer
Ekaterina Masetkina President of eument-net
Dr. Evelyn Rusdea Coordinator kite-mentoring
14:30 Evelyn Rusdea: kite-mentoring-program – 10 years of supporting women in STEM

Flash-talk kite-mentoring: moderated questions to mentees, alumnae, mentors

Flash-talk University: moderated questions with representatives of the University Freiburg:
Dr. Regina Herzog – Equal Opportunities Officer of the Univ.
Dr. Wibke Backhaus – Deputy Head of Equality, Diversity and Academic Personnel Development, Head Gender and Diversity

15:30 Coffee break
Prof. Tomas Brage (Lund Univ, Sweden)
„Gender bias in academia - a threat  to academic values“       
Prof. Marieke van den Brink (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen, Netherlands)
„Mentoring in higher education – supporting career development and organizational change“           
Discussion with invited speakers
Moderation: Colette Schrodi (European Science Foundation Strasbourg, F)
17:50 Introduction and short presentation of invited industry partners
18:00 Intermezzo Akaishi Daiko
18:10 Career fair & networking in the lounge, with finger food & refreshments


Program October 13, 2023

The second conference day began with our eument-net Expert exchange involving Prof. Marieke van den Brink. We welcomed back Prof. van den Brink, who explored how inclusive gender equality approaches can be integrated into mentoring programs. Afterwards attendees in smaller groups shared their own experience from the perspectives of mentoring program coordinators, gender equality officers, career advisors, personnel developers, mentees and mentors.

Four key aspects had been in the focus of the exchange:
♦ recruitment of mentors
♦ mentors’ skills
♦ attitudes and awareness of institutions
♦ external influences and driving forces.

The Expert exchange concluded with a plenary discussion.

After the lunch break, the eument-net members were cordially invited to the General Assembly of eument-net.


  International Conference - Expert exchange

Arrival and welcoming
How to integrate inclusive gender equality approaches into mentoring programs?                  
Input: Prof. Marieke van den Brink
Coffee break
Expert exchange:
Recruitment of mentors / mentor's skills
Attitude and awareness of institutions
External influences and driving forces
12:30 Lunch & Get together   
13:30 General Assembly of eument-net
with special focus on future development, activities and needs of eument-net’s members
15:30 End of the eument-net meeting


In the afternoon, we invited all mentees and alumnae of “kite-mentoring” and all others who were interested to attend a strategic networking session about the vision: what next steps “kite-mentoring” should take in the next decade?

The official conference program ended with a workshop/discussion entitled “Be visible in Networking” with the experts Ashley Matthäus and Dr. Eleftheria Egel from the German-American Business Community (GABC) Freiburg.


 Mentees & ALUMNAE: Networking

Quo vadis kite-mentoring?
What is our vision – where should we go?
Discussion & Strategic networking                                                                                                 
Be visible in Networking
Input: Ashley Matthäus & Eleftheria Egel (German-American Business Community, GABC, Freiburg)


Evening program

For closing, "kite-mentoring" and eument-net organized a joint dinner and networking for all attendees at "Paradies" - a traditional beer garden in Freiburg.

Joint dinner and networking event for all "kite-mentoring" and eument-net attendees
at “Paradies" beer garden (Mathildenstr. 26, 79106 Freiburg)