ARIADNEReWi is the career mentoring programme for young female scientists at FAU’s Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law.
The programme supports and accompanies female doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and W1 professors individually on their academic qualification path.
ARIADNEReWi is part of the Target agreements for increasing the proportion of women in science 2023-2027 (currently only available in German), which were concluded between the university executive and each faculty of FAU.
ARIADNE is operating according to the quality standards of the Forum Mentoring e.V..
What does ARIADNE offer?
The key element of the programme is an one-to-one mentoring, in which a less experienced person (mentee) is individually advised on strategic and practical career crafting by an experienced scientist of a higher qualification level (mentor). The idea of mentoring is a proven instrument from the field of human resources development.
The mentoring is accompanied by a qualification-specific framework programme including network meetings.
The special characteristic of ARIADNE is the faculty-specific design of the individual programmes, which provides major advantages for mentees: Mentees are given the opportunity to network with peers from their faculty
Participation in the programme supports the mentees in approaching their academic career in a targeted manner. The benefits for the mentee lie in
- gaining valuable insights into the personal experiences of a professionally advanced person who is working successfully in academia
- the acquisation of knowledge about structures and processes at university
- the acquisation of career-relevant key qualifications and
- the opportunity to expand the peer-network
Type of mentoring
ARIADNE deliberately does not provide a professional supervision but rather interdisciplinary mentoring. In order to rule out hierachical relationships, role conflicts or other reasons for bias between mentee and mentor, mentors do not come from the same scientific field of the mentee. However, the matching is carried out within the faculty, since a certain degree of subject proximity or similarities in academic culture and qualification paths are advantageous for the mentoring and increase the benefit for the mentee.The mentoring is a supplement to academic supervision and offers space for open and trusting exchange about individual questions on academic career crafting with an independent person.
In exceptional cases, mentors from the equal academic field are possible if hierarchical dependencies and biases can be ruled out. The most important criterion for matching is that the mentor is able to advise the mentee on the majority of her mentoring topics.
In the matching process, the mentee initially remains anonymous by name. Based on the needs and wishes expressed in the application process, the mentee receives a person suggestion for a potential mentor from the ARIADNE coordination. Enquiries to potential mentors are then only made after the mentee has given her consent.
ARIADNEReWi target group
ARIADNEReWi is designed for female doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers (postdocs, Habilitandinnen, junior professors). Female students of the School of Law at the end of their studies can also participate.