navigare - Career Coaching for Women in Science

September 2017 - August 2018 (new programme starting in November 2019)

What is navigare about?

The coaching programme "navigare" is a joint initiative by MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes and the six running DFG-programmes  MIMENIMA, CRC 1232, CRC 747, CRC/TR 136, RTG QM3, RTG 2224.It addresses women PhD-students and Postdocs who aim for a professorship or a leadership position in the field of science. The programme is focused on the development of the participants’ professional career. Thy will acquire important competences for their own career management in science in an international context. The look into the science system and its gender-specific demands for women will play an important role.

You can download the flyer for the navigare "international" program here.

Why for female international scientists only?

Female international scientists contribute greatly to the diversity of the academic landscape. While imparting new knowledge, methods, learning and teaching styles, they could develop to role-models for next generations. One day returning back home, they could establish excellent research capacities and foster long-lasting collaborations to benefit science.

Intensive research and teaching, collaborating with international partners from different disciplines, a vivid, flexible and cross-cultural working environment are important motivations for a rewarding career. At the same time, working in a foreign academic system like the German leads to many challenges. Different role-expectations, intercultural relations, understanding of career perspectives and structural differences in the Higher Education system bring additional challenges in.

Expectations of international mobility while reconciling job and family increase demands of pursuing an international career in scientific environments.

The office for equal opportunities aims to address this challenges by offering extra support to women scientists through the navigare coaching-programme. It is focused entirely on the individual's international career development and is providing a framework where they can bring in their own questions from an international perspective. The program aims supporting individual scientific careers as well as being ready for leadership tasks in university or extramural research and work. Establishing actively networks for later career opportunities will be another important asset of this program. The program focuses on challenges that especially women in international working fields might face and provides reflection and coping strategies to actively develop the own career.

Programme and registration process

For the final enrolment for the navigare programme, please contact Dipl.Psych. Susanne Abeld
E-Mail: chancen4protect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

05.09.2017Information Workshop
24.10.2017Coaching Day:
Fellows Compass. Hidden rules of the German Academic System

Coaching Day:
Career Path between Academia and Economy

25.01.2018Coaching Day:
Self-Marketing. Strengthening self-awareness and skills
08.03.2018Coaching Day:
Cross-cultural collaboration
26.04.2018Coaching Day:
Networking and Tea-Time with Women Professors
30.05.2018Coaching Day:
Resilience in stressful communcation
18.07.2018Coaching Day:
Sustainable dialouges. Professional communication in academic settings


Final Evaluation

For further details on the programme schedule see here.

If you require child care during the seminars, please contact Susanne Abeld, programme director.

During a half-day kick-off workshop (5 September 2017) all interested women will have the chance to personally meet the trainer as well as the other participants, they will learn more about the aims and topics addressed with the navigare programme. During the week following this workshop, the binding registration needs to be completed. (Deadline: 12 September 2017).

In order to register for the kick-off workshop, please the online registration form.
Please register no later than 20 July 2017.


Dr. Christine Issa is advisor, trainer, coach (DGfC) and managing partner of SAMINWORLD in Düsseldorf; a company specialized in supporting cross-cultural collaboration in Science, Economy and Academic Development Cooperation. She has a long-standing working experience in industry and scientific project management. She works as an advisor for collaboration in Higher Education Development Cooperation in Afghanistan. She conducts Coaching and Training for universities, scientific institutions and companies, nationally and internationally.

Entrance requirements

To participate in the navigare programme, we ask you the following:

  • An above-average commitment to developing your career in science
  • Self-responsibility for achieving your objectives
  • A high motivation to learn with the group
  • Sufficient resources of time and binding participation
  • An interest in reflecting gender biases in science.

At the end of navigare you will be given a certificate. To be able to certify your participation, you need to attend at least 75% of the seminars.


University of Bremen
Arbeitsstelle Chancengleichheit
Dipl.-Psych. Susanne Abeld, Programm-Leitung
GW2, Room A 4168

Phone: 0421-218-60183
E-Mail: chancen4protect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Hompage AG Chancengleichheit (in German)

Contact within the coordinated programmes

 RTG 1860 MIMENIMARTG 2247 QM3RTG 2224 ∏3

Michaela Wilhelm

phone: 0421 218-64944

Sandra Smit

phone: 0421 218-62341

Iwona Piotrowska

phone: 0421 218-63810


Hanna Lührs

phone: 0421 218-64580

Nils Ellendt / Lydia Achelis

phone: 0421 218- 64519 / 51222

Jens Sölter

phone: 0421 218-51187

Sybille Friedrich

phone: 0421 218-58104

Aktualisiert von: MAPEX