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Mentoring for women in natural sciences

dynaMENT is a mentoring program for female researchers*. We use an established process-oriented method of supporting and advising, to help you develop your career in Natural Science and to find solutions to your career questions.
dynaMENT is a joint program of DESY and MIN faculty Universität Hamburg.

* addresses everyone who feels targeted by the "dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences" including trans, inter and non-binary candidates

What we offer
  • Highly confidential one-to-one sessions with experienced mentors
  • Individual assessment, goal-setting and development plan
  • Networking events
  • Workshops/Coaching
Our programs

We offer two programs:

dynaMENT doctorate for doctoral researchers

dynaMENT advanced for post-doctoral researchers as well as junior professors and (junior) research group leaders.

Who can apply

Female doctoral researchers as well as junior professors, (junior) research group leaders and postdoctoral researchers from all partners are encouraged to apply.


We are currently not accepting applications.The next possibility to apply will be in Spring 2023.


Workshop 2020

Virtual Event

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01 September 2019
Kick-Off September 2019

Live Event

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Introduction-Workshop 2018

Live Event

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Why participate?

I mostly hoped to find a supportive mentor. I found that and much more, a strong community, uplifting support, as well as trainings and mentoring that also help me to develop myself further.

Dr. Caroline Heneka, Mentee dynaMENT advanced

Senior Postdoc, Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe

Why do we offer a program for female scientists? This is what the mentors say:

It is mandatory to support the high potential women, if equality is a true goal. The mentees need a context where it is possible to discuss all daily aspects of career development as well as personal aspects of job situations. Learning from experiences of seniors is the best and quickest way to do this and woman-to-woman is fundamental.

Prof. Dr. Anouk Rijs, Mentor

Full professor of Analytics of Biomolecular Interactions in the Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry at the VU Amsterdam

What to expect?

As a first-generation woman in science, having a mentor made navigating the academic space easier. The dynaMENT program has also opened up room for introspection and identifying my core strengths as a researcher, and given me a strong sense of community through the peer network while battling social isolation during a global pandemic.

Oindrila Ghosh, Mentee dynaMENT doctorate

University Hamburg

Why mentoring?

Within just a few months, I feel more confident, courageous, focused, and ready to tackle the challenges of an academic career. Without the support of my mentor, other mentees, and the coaching sessions, I might not have believed I could do this. 

Dr. Katharina-Sophie Isleif, Mentee dynaMENT advanced

Postdoc, DESY

The dynaMENT Network

The dynaMENT program has given me the opportunity to connect with other women in science, and develop myself with the support of my mentor. Most importantly, it has taught me that I don't have to face challenges alone.

Philine van Vliet, Mentee dynaMENT doctorate


About the program

I am passionate about biomedical research and inspired by the outstanding scientists around me. How do I fit in there? With the help of the dynaMENT peers and my amazing mentor I feel empowered to tackle the challenges I might face pursuing an academic career and to play my strengths. More importantly though, I met incredible women who helped creating a supportive and kind atmosphere to talk about the problems we encounter during our PhD and our worries about the time after - and how to solve (some of) them.


Emma Pietsch, Mentee dynaMENT doctorate
PhD Student, Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin

Our Partners

Supported by
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  • Logo Quantum Universe
In Cooperation with
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  • Logo UKE
  • Logo HPI
  • Logo MPSD
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