A key finding of the OYSTER 2018 pilot survey of Early Career Scientists (ECRs) needs and concerns was that ECRs often feel a lack of support, as frequent interactions with supervisors are difficult and as issues may arise that do not pertain to the usual range of interactions with their supervisors.
Taking advantage of the European dimension of EuroMarine, the OYSTER group therefore designed, and decided to develop over the summer of 2020, a mentorship platform to allow European marine-science ECRs to receive different perspectives from experienced EuroMarine researchers on professional and/or personal issues. Please refer to the attached presentation for details.
A first version of this mentorship platform will be made available within this webpage by September 2020, in the form of a list of mentors, with a brief description of their research and personal interests alongside their contact details.
External funding allowing, a standalone platform capable of dynamically and directly matching mentees with an appropriate mentor will be developed.
Principles underlying the operation of the platform
The OYSTER mentorship platform uniquely provides for all students and researchers working on marine-related topics.
Mentors include not only professors and instructors, but also postdoctoral and PhD researchers for mentoring bachelor and master-level students. Mentors are (at least initially) from EM institutions.
The platform is intended as a service open to the marine scientific community at large. Its use is therefore not restricted to EuroMarine members and mentees may be from non-EuroMarine institutions.
How to participate
Mentors: EuroMarine researchers willing to participate in the programme and occasionally mentor ECRs, please:
- email mentorshipeuromarinenetwork [dot] eu;
- check if you are listed in the EuroMarine directory; if not, please fill in a profile to be included in this directory.
Mentees: Instructions to register in the programme will be made available in September 2020.
For any information about the operation of the mentorship platform, please contact mentorshipeuromarinenetwork [dot] eu