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Mentoring is a personal enhancement strategy through which one person facilitates the development of another by sharing expertise, values and skills.


The IGSSE Mentoring Program has been set up along the guidelines of the TUM Graduate School in order to enrich the scientific and personal training of our graduate students and thus to accelerate their career development.

  • Two scientific mentors (i.e. doctoral candidate supervisors - usually university professors) and – if desired – a mentor from industry are on-hand to provide mentees with relevant counseling.
  • Upon starting a doctoral project, a supervision agreement between the doctoral candidate and his or her mentors is being signed. The agreement includes a time frame with milestones for the research, a list of courses to be taken, proposed soft/interpersonal-skills training elements, and a direction of planned international and industrial training while building a network of contacts. It also specifies adjustment measures to be undertaken without delay if a milestone is missed per chance. Official meetings of mentors and mentees are held on a quarterly basis. 
  • Each doctoral candidate must prepare a seminar paper once a year to report on the progress of his/her work. At the same time, a short written progress report should be drafted, which may include suggestions for adjustments to the supervision agreement, modifications in the research training as well as the research program itself. The mentors are responsible for fulfilling the conditions of the supervision agreement.

Female Mentees

Female mentees benefit from special meetings and networking opportunities as well as extra courses and seminars. The TUM MentorING program offers training with the goal of improving the status of female researchers. Female scientists and academic practitioners from industry place themselves at the disposal of young women scientists, to guide the progress of their academic career based on their own personal experience.


IGSSE setup of interdisciplinary research in project teams

Apply now: 12th call for proposals

IGSSE supports up to 10 new project teams

Call closes 2 July 2017


Apply now: IGSSE travel grant for ICCE 2017

28-29 September 2017, TU Darmstadt

Submission deadline for abstracts: 18 June 2017


IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen


Climate-KIC: Join the PhD Catapult

Two-week thematic summer schools across Europe


IAS Symposium: Selected topics in science and technology

8-10 May 2017, IAS Building, Garching Campus


IAS Coffee Talk with PTL Florian Praetorius

3 May 2017, 1 pm, TUM IAS Building, Garching Campus


10th IGSSE Forum

1 - 4 June 2016, TUM Science and Study Center, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



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Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Friday, 09. June 2017
Workshop: Standing up for science
9 June 2017, 9am-4pm, Brussels
Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium
9-11 June 2017, Berlin For doctoral researchers and postdocs!