Following the success of the mentoring scheme in the last two years, the BSI will continue to run the mentoring scheme for 2020 that provides mentors for 10-15 early career immunologists, supporting them in making decisions relevant to their career path and providing them with independent support and advice.
The BSI will pair up mentors and mentees from different institutions and sectors based on overlapping needs and expertise. After pairing up, all new mentors and mentees will be required to participate in a mentoring training session that will take place at the BSI Congress 2019 in Liverpool on the morning of Monday 2 December 2019, before the main Congress programme starts. Further details of this training session will be given when confirmation of participation in the scheme is sent. This initial meeting will allow pairs to establish a maximum and minimum number of interactions, the nature in which communications are made and help the pairs define what the future relationship will be. We hope that the mentor/mentee relationships will be maintained for a 12-month period. It is anticipated that most of the subsequent mentoring sessions will be carried out via Skype, video conferencing etc.
The BSI will evaluate the scheme from the opinion of both mentees and mentors throughout the programme.
As a mentor
If you feel that you are in a position to offer insight and advice on issues relating to a career in immunology, we’d like to hear from you. Mentors should be UK-based senior immunologists who have been in a senior post for 5 years or more. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from potential mentors who work in industry or in a clinical setting. We’re looking for BSI members who feel that they could offer help and advice for aspiring immunologists on some of the following matters:
Career planning and development
Setting up collaborations
Working with supervisors and co-workers
Gaining new skills e.g. leadership, management
Finding the right work/life balance
Writing and publishing scientific papers
As a mentee
The mentoring scheme is open to early career scientists from all sectors working in immunology. We encourage applications from a wide range of career stages - from those in the final year of their PhD (or equivalent qualification/experience) to those who are no more than 12 months into a tenured position (within academia, industry or healthcare). We feel that people currently working between these career stages are the ones who will benefit most from the experience.
As part of the application, you will be asked to provide a statement highlighting the key areas of support you wish to receive as part of the scheme as well as what you hope to achieve from the experience. This statement will also be used to select those who will take part in the scheme if there is an over subscription of applicants.
To apply to participate in the mentoring scheme as a mentee, please complete the following form.