Athene Mentoring

at the Faculty of Science
of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Athene Mentoring focusses on the special situation of women in academic life and at the university as well as the work to overcome discrimination.

Athene Mentoring is a woman-for-woman program and supports women in gaining academic qualifications, whether they see their future in academia or plan to pursue a career elsewhere

Our Activities

+++ Network Meetings +++ Mentor training +++ Mentor-Mentee matching +++ Mentor-Mentee agreements +++ Mentor-Mentee structured meetings +++ Workshops +++  Seminars +++ Maria von Linden Lecture +++

More than 60 mentors and mentees...

... from the following institutions of the Faculty of Science at the University of Tübingen or from Max Planck Institutes in Tübingen have already registered and more are coming...

  • Applied Cognitive Psychology 
  • Center for Applied Geoscience 
  • Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) 
  • Department of Geosciences 
  • Environmental Systems Analysis 
  • Ethics, Theory and History of the Life Sciences 
  • Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society 
  • Geo- and Environmental Center (GUZ) 
  • Geographisches Institut 
  • Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB) 
  • Institute of Cell Biology (IZB) former IFIZ
  • Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen (IMIT) 
  • Institute for Applied Physics 
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics 
  • Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry 
  • Institute of Physics 
  • Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics 
  • Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology 
  • Psychological Institute 
  • Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment 
  • Theoretical Astrophysics 
  • University Hospital Tübingen 

Our Vision

Our goal is to build an inclusive, collaborative and long-term network of mentees and mentors with members of all qualification levels – from bachelor students to professors. The Athene Mentoring network includes also members of Equal Opportunities sections.

Although the Athene Mentoring program is designed for woman, we welcome male scientists to actively participate in our initiative.

Why do we need mentoring programs for women?

Women are faced with very specific problems during their studies, during their academic qualification and even when they are still professors. Often, their difficulties are attributed to individual deficits - even by themselves - although they are actually rooted in their situation as women. Thus, women are in a fundamentally different situation than men in their studies and in science. They always have to prove their individual performance against the background of a whole series of discriminating factors. A mentoring program for women helps them to recognize these discriminatory factors and to learn methods of dealing with them successfully in the university environment.