Mentoring Programs for Female Students and Researchers at the University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart’s Mentoring Programs for Female Students and Researchers exist to support and guide ambitious female students, female doctoral students and female professors on their career paths.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is an effective instrument for career guidance within the sustained personnel development. Since 2003, the Mentoring Programs for Female Students and Researchers at the University of Stuttgart aim to support and advise outstanding female students and researchers on their professional careers.

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Our Mentoring Programs

We offer mentoring programs designed to support specific groups of women in an optimized and needs-based fashion.

Note: All mentoring forms referred to below can be accessed in our download area.

We would like to point out that our Mentoring Programs are German-language programs: all further education events and program modules are conducted in German.

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StartScience Mentoring Program for Female Students

StartScience is a mentoring program for female Bachelor’s and Master’s students in all disciplines at the University of Stuttgart. The program’s aim is to motivate female students for a scientific career and to provide effective tools for professional orientation and personal development. 

FeelScience Mentoring Program for Female Doctoral Students

FeelScience offers success-oriented women the opportunity to optimally prepare their own career entry. To this end, female doctoral candidates are connected to experienced mentors of both genders from the scientific, industrial or the public sector. The doctoral students also support one another in achieving their personal goals through peer mentoring in ErfolgsTeams (Success Teams). 

DoScience Mentoring Programs for Female Postdocs

With DoScience, the University of Stuttgart provides an interdisciplinary, career stage-oriented qualification program for the university’s female candidates for habilitation and postdocs. The program goals include empowering highly-qualified female junior scientist and supporting active, personalized career planning and preparing them for leadership tasks.

BeScience – Network for Female Professors

The BeScience network aims at all female professors and junior professors at the University of Stuttgart. Started in autumn 2016, it is designed to reinforce interdisciplinary cooperation and networking between female professors and junior professors, to promote the exchange of experience and skills, and to increase the visibility of female professors and assistant professors as well as their research.

The MentoringLounge

Social networks are an important part of successful career planning. In addition to our diverse mentoring programs aimed at different target groups, we also offer a MentoringLounge for current and former mentees. The setting is purposely designed to provide a multiplicity of possibilities for establishing and nurturing relevant contacts.

Further information about the mentoring events can be found on the website of the Graduate Academy [de].


Our Mission

We strive to have our mentees recognize their opportunities, assess their own potential for development, and help them to “seize their chance.” In this regard, our aspiration is quite simple: We want them to be satisfied! We ensure this by setting our concrete objectives:

We provide for long-term exchanges with experienced professional, successful mentors from the fields of science, business, start-ups, politics, culture, and administration as well as with likeminded female colleagues from other research areas of the University of Stuttgart.

We offer the female scientists a variety of workshops and seminars for an individual further education oriented to the needs of the mentees.

We organize interdisciplinary networking get-togethers to promote dialogue between mentees, mentors and external professionals.

Our History

2003: The “Mentoring Programs for Female Students and Reserachers” begins its successful run as the first program of its kind at the University of Stuttgart. With it, the university specificially focuses on mentoring as an instrument for personal development, for furthering talented female junior scientists, and as an effective measure for adequately developing female high potentials. The goal was and still is to increase the women's share of jobs in leadership positions in science and business, with special emphasis on boosting female share in professorships.

2012: The first diversification of our target groups takes place. The Junior Mentoring Tandem Program JUMETA is launched to henceforth address female Bachelor’s students starting in the 4th semester. Following a successful evaluation, JUMETA starts its third cycle round in November 2014 as part of a festive kick-off. Since November 2015, the program is opened to female Master’s students in all disciplines.

In late 2015: The mentoring programs go into a transition phase. Building on the success of the existing programs, the mentoring offers are further diversified with the aim of reaching out to groups of highly qualified women at all career levels in a more targeted manner. Pursuant to a resolution of the university’s Mentoring Advisory Board, in the winter semester 2015/16 a restructuring of the existing programs began. From then on, the following programs would be renamed and henceforth be brought together under the heading “Mentoring Programs for Female Students and Researchers”:


The Junior Mentoring Tandem-Program (JUMETA) becomes StartScience. With this program, besides female Bachelor’s students, female Master’s students will also be advised more intensively by experienced doctoral students. FeelScience – based on the original program – is now aimed exclusively at female doctoral candidates.

2016: The existing programs are expanded by two further programs. DoScience, a mentoring program specifically geared towards female postdocs and habilitation candidates starts up in the spring that year. In autumn, BeScience kicks off, it combines an online portal to increase the visibility of high-profile female professors at the University of Stuttgart and science lunches to support networking at the University of Stuttgart. 

The Mentoring Advisory Board

The mentoring advisory board supports and promotes the implementation of the mentoring programs for female students and researchers at the University of Stuttgart in a constructive-critical manner.

Among other functions, it is intended to suggest activities, support recruiting of suitable mentors, and to bring in expertise from projects in economy and other institutions.

Prof. Dr. Nicole Radde
Equal Opportunity Officerof the University of Stuttgart

Dr. Annette Arnold
Managing Director at Alfred Arnold Loading Systems

Prof. Dr. Monika Auweter-Kurtz
Director of the German Aerospace Academy (ASA) 

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger
Former President of the Fraunhofer Society, Company Policy and Research

Doerte Heidemann
Group Leader Diversity, Robert Bosch GmbH 

Dr. Gisela Meister-Scheufelen
Chairwoman of the Regulatory Control Council Baden-Württemberg

Dr. Simone Rehm
Vice Rector for Information Technology (CIO) of the University of Stuttgart 

Ernst Reichart
HR Director at Hewlett-Packard GmbH, Managing Director of Human Ressources and Social Affairs

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel
Rector of the University of Stuttgart

Dorothee Stein-Gehring
Female entrepreneur

Prof. Dr. Gisela Schütz
Max Planck Institute for Metals Research 

Dr. Marianne Tümpen
Former Head of Investment Management, Daimler AG, Mergers and Acquisitions 

Dr. Dimitris P. Vartziotis
CEO and Founder of TWT 

Prof. Dr. Engelbert Westkämper
Former member of the University Council of the University of Stuttgart, former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation

Regina Rapp

Regina Rapp

Coordinator Mentoring Programs


Mentoring Coordination Office

Azenbergstr. 12, 70174 Stuttgart

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