Female Mentoring

Why female mentoring? Women still represent a minority in academia and the proportion of women in the areas of business and economics, especially in post-doctoral and professor positions, is still very low. This is not a result of women being less qualified, but has grown historically through traditional female role models and the resulting outdated expectations in society. The conditions of an academic career are also decisive in this regard. An academic career path is still associated with a great deal of uncertainty and often collides, for example, with family planning. In the TRR 266, we want to change this and support our female young researchers. This will not only smooth the way for women in the TRR 266, but also have a positive impact on the science system as a whole. Studies in fact show that mixed-gender teams are clearly more productive than pure male or female teams.

Our vales in the TRR 266 Female Mentoring Program

Companionship – Support – Promotion 

To support you in your professional career

About the program

Female postdocs and doctoral students in the TRR 266 will be matched with experienced female professors, their mentors. The program consists of three main pillars:

Regular 1:1 meetings

The meetings consist of individual companionship and coaching, career orientation, individual career planning, development of individual publication and career strategies, general recommendations and reflection.


Mentors will introduce the mentee to people from their own professional networks. This helps to build and broaden the mentee‘s network and get in touch with the people from the community.

Meetings & Workshops

An annual general meeting and workshops (e. g. personal and professional development coaching with external coaches and trainers) will help to develop and deepen professional competencies and soft skills as well as foster exchange experiences with other mentees.

Our TRR 266 female mentees at a workshop with coach Prof. Dr. Maximilian Wolf at Goethe University in Frankfurt

Mentee Experiences

“Our meetings were truly valuable for growing professionally and personally.”

“We talked about big topics with always a pragmatic approach, for example it was very useful when we discussed my point of weaknesses and how to tackle them.”

“I think the program is extremely important for juniors who want to stay in academia.”

“To have the possibility to talk to a successful role model who is outside your university network is very valauble because we are confronted with big decisions in the early career and we lack the framework on how to evaluate the possible options.”

The mentors

Katharina Hombach
Goethe University Frankfurt
Principal Investigator A07 hombach@wiwi.uni-frankfurt.de Visit website

Urska Kosi
Paderborn University
Principal Investigator B02 B09 B05 urska.kosi@upb.de

Anna Rohlfing-Bastian
Goethe University Frankfurt
Principal Investigator A04 A02 Rohlfing-Bastian@econ.uni-frankfurt.de Visit website

Anja Schöttner
Humboldt University of Berlin
Principal Investigator A02 anja.schoettner@hu-berlin.de Visit website

Caren Sureth-Sloane
Paderborn University
Spokesperson A05 B01 B08 C03 Z caren.sureth@upb.de Visit website

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