navigare - Career Coaching for International Females in Science

starting in January 2022

What is navigare about?

The coaching program navigare addresses international female early career researchers (ECR) considering a career in science.

The main objective of the programme is to support them in framing their own career objectives and helping them to prepare and position themselves for a career in academia.

In the course of the program the participants will acquire central competences for their career management in science in an international context. The science system itself and its gender-specific demands will play an important role.

The participants are offered to:

  • develop their own skills profile and learn about their understanding of leadership
  • shape their career more strategically
  • formulate their needs with regard to a healthy work-life-balance
  • reflect their individual capabilities and enhance competencies
  • learn about establishing constructive communication and conflict resolution
  • stimulate cooperation and cross-cultural team work
  • share their experiences and learn from each other

Planning a scientific career in an international context

Intensive research and teaching, collaborating with international partners from different disciplines, as well as a vivid, flexible and crosscultural working environment are important motivations for a scientific career.

At the same time, working in a (foreign) academic system leads to many challenges. These range from different role-expectations (including gender roles), intercultural relations, to the understanding of career perspectives and structural differences in the higher education systems. In the context of high mobility requirements, an academic career places special demands on scientists with family responsibilities.

In addition, outstanding scientific qualifications alone are often not sufficient for a successful career. Therefore, women in particular ask themselves whether they should pursue a scientific career and take the stony path to professorship.

navigare focuses on challenges and informal obstacles that especially women in international working environments might face. With a group of peers, the participants will learn strategies for developing their own career in the international science context actively. During the one-year program, they will have the opportunity to build the basis for a strong network for mutual exchange and support.

Programme Schedule

Frauen unterhalten sich während einer Pause
Zwei Frauen unterhalten sich


Register here for the kick-off workshop

For the final enrolment for the navigare programme, please contact Dr. Lisa Spanka
E-Mail: lisa.spankaprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Tue. 25.01.2022

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

register here

Thu.  17.02.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Science Compass. Working and Career Opportunities in German Academia

Thu. 24.03.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Self-Marketing. Strengthening Self-Awareness and Skills Profile

Tue. 03.05.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Paths. Career Perspectives Inside and Outside of Academia

Thu. 16.06.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Building Networks in International Environments & Teatime

Tue. 12.07.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Conflict Management and Resilience

Fri. 23.09.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sustainable Dialogues. Effective Communication in Academic Settings

Tue. 22.11.2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cross-Cultural Collaboration. International Teamwork in Academia.

Thu. 15.12.2022

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Entrance requirements

To participate, we ask you to engage in the program with:

  • strong commitment to developing your career in science.
  • high motivation to learn with in a group.
  • sufficient resources of time and binding participation.
  • an interest in and the willingness to reflecting gender biases in science.

Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate, provided you have attended at least 75% of the workshops.


Dr. Christine Issa is advisor, trainer, coach (DGfC) and partner of SAMINWORLD in Düsseldorf. She has a long-standing working experience in industry and cross-cultural project management in science.

Application procedure

  1. Clarify if the costs for your participation can be covered by contacting:

    > Dr. Hanna Lührs (MAPEX): mapexprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de
    > Dr. Hagen Langer (EASE):
    > Dr. Christina Klose (MARUM): ckloseprotect me ?!marumprotect me ?!.de

  2. Apply for participation in the half-day kick-off workshop until January 14th, 2022 via the MAPEX or MARUM website.

  3. Attend the half-day kick-off workshop on 25th of January 2022 where you have the chance to meet the trainer as well as the other participants. You will learn more about the aims and topics addressed in the navigare program.

  4. Register bindingly for the navigare program until Febuary 2nd, 2022. For the final enrolment contact Dr. Lisa Spanka. E-Mail: lisa.spankaprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Supporting institutions

The coaching programme navigare is organized by the Equal Opportunities Office and is a joint initiative of the following institutions:

  • MAPEX – Center for Materials and Processes
  • MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
  • DFG - funded Collaborative Research Centers (SFB TR 136, EASE) and Research Training Groups (MIMENIMA, QM³, π³) at the University of Bremen
  • Excellence Cluster “The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface”
  • Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR)

In general, navigare is open to all female ECRs affiliated to the institutions mentioned above. Please contact the following persons in order to clarify if the costs can be covered in your case:


Michaela Wilhelm

phone: 0421 218-64944

Sandra Smit

phone: 0421 218-62341

Hagen Langer



Hanna Lührs

phone: 0421 218-64580

Jens Sölter

phone: 0421 218-51187

Christina Klose

phone: 0421 218-65653

Updated by: MAPEX