With via:mento_ocean, the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" supports female postdocs from the marine sciences in Kiel with the planning and development of their scientific careers after they have finished their doctorate. The focus of this program lies on personal feedback as well as support through a mentor. Mentors in via:mento_ocean are experienced professors from German and international universities and research institutes. In addition, via:mento_ocean provides the possibility for participants to expand their networks in Kiel. Workshops on various key skills of a successful scientific career are also offered – for example, workshops on career planning or application trainings for professorship positions.
Up to ten women from the post-doc network IMAP can participate in a 21-month program run by via:mento_ocean. The mentoring program for the Cluster of Excellence is integrated into the university-wide mentoring program via:mento.
The high quality of via:mento_ocean has also been recognized by the DFG, which lists the program as a best-practice measure for supporting female scientists in their online toolbox of gender equality measures in science.