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Alumni Mentorship Progamme

What is it?

A mentorship scheme exclusively for the EMBL community managed by EMBL Alumni Relations in partnership with the EMBL Alumni Association. 

Alumni mentors can contribute to the betterment of the life sciences community by supporting and inspiring scientists, science communicators and administrators at all stages in their careers. 

Mentees will gain insights and perspectives into varied sectors and received valuable career advice from established professionals in a range of roles.

How it works

  1. Alumni interested in becoming mentors must update their profile and select to receive mentoring requests through the Alumni Portal
  2. Alumni, staff and fellows interested in being a mentee need to complete a short registration form. Once completed, a list of available mentors will be sent in return.
  3. Mentees will then indicate to the Alumni Relations team which mentor they wish to connect with. The Alumni Relations team will check with the mentor to ensure they still have availability to assist. 
  4. Once the mentor consents, their contact details will be shared with the mentee. The mentee will send an introductory email and suggest times for an initial catch-up. 
  5. The mentor and mentee should aim to meet (virtually or in-person if applicable) three times in total over a six month period.
  6. After six months, we will ask both parties to provide feedback and indicate whether they would like to be matched with another mentor/mentee.

Important Links

Registration Form for Mentees

Portal link for alumni interested in becoming Mentors

Mentorship guidelines, useful resources, tips and sample questions to aid your mentoring relationship

Contact for Alumni Volunteer Officer, Ruairi McEvoy

Thank you

Thank you to the 200+ alumni who have kindly volunteered as a mentor. We are delighted with the diversity represented in terms of career level, gender balance, nationality, global distribution, work sector and job category. Thanks to the generosity of the community, there should be a suitable mentor for everyone, while it may take some time before you are matched with a mentee.

Thank you also to the EMBL Alumni Association board for driving this initiative. We look forward to evolving this pilot programme into a valuable permanent resource for EMBL alumni and staff.

EMBL Alumni Association Board members Marina and Anne-Marie who helped to establish the mentorship programme said: “EMBL has been a special place for all of us, a place of exceptional opportunities, collaborative spirit and dedication to research. We are looking forward to extending these opportunities via this new mentorship programme, which will provide participants with mentorship from experts at all career levels in all work sectors.”

Marina Chekulaeva: Group Leader, Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association

Anne-Marie Glynn: Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Global Brain Health Institute, University of California | Trinity College Dublin

Marina Chekulaeva and Anne-Marie Glynn