ENMC has developed a new Mentoring Programme. The ENMC Mid-Career Mentoring Programme has been developed for people who wish to seek mentoring in order to become independent researchers and/or potential future leaders in the NMD field. With this programme, the ENMC aims to facilitate the emergence and support of the next generation of specialists and potential research leaders in the NMD field. Opportunities will be provided to help these mid-career researchers to develop their full potential, in order to accelerate progress and innovation in NMD research, and facilitate effective communication and collaboration with multiple stakeholders in the current landscape (funders, media, industry, patient organisations, health care professionals, administrative and regulatory offices etc.).
Short summary of the Mentoring Programme
- One mentee has 1-to-1 contact with two mentors, albeit in separate sessions, who have different and complementary backgrounds (i.e. academia vs business).
- Mentors and mentees are matched according to the type of skills that the mentee seeks to develop or improve . It is not a training on scientific or clinical skills.
- Mentors and mentee meet 2-3 times per year by video call, phone, online and/or if possible face to face. The programme may last for 3-4 years.
- ENMC may help mentees to have access to the leadership trainings in business/administration which are available on the internet; today navigating within administrative and regulatory requirements is a key aspect to become skilled in for science leaders.
- Through its patient associations, ENMC may invite mentees to join one or two national patient days during his/her mentorship, taking place in the country of residence. Talking to and being around people affected by a neuromuscular condition is important for mentees to be able to understand the patient’s (and families’) perspective and implement patient engagement in their work.
The deadline to apply for the mentoring programme is the 1 st of July.