MDR mentorship program

Dear MDR scientists,

The MDR community is growing. We already have 32 PhD students and post-docs working on an MDR project, who are supervised by one or more of our 31 principal investigators at different institutions.

To make the best use of the available knowledge, experience and network and to encourage our talented researchers to make the most out of their careers, we would like to set up an MDR mentorship program. The format of the program can be agreed upon between the mentor and the mentee, but we envision a meeting on a two-monthly basis in which scientific and non-scientific topics can be discussed. For example, a mentor can provide a broader perspective on a menteeā€™s work in the context of the highly multidisciplinary field of materials-driven regeneration or introduce the mentee to her/his scientific network. But also the topics such as career choices, work-life balance or practical tips and tricks for a good presentation or a grant application can be discussed.

To set this up, we ask the more senior MDR principle investigators (associate- or full professor or equivalent) to indicate their willingness to act as a mentor by sending an email to

In addition, we ask our junior researchers (PhD students, post-docs, junior staff) to inform us if they would like to take this opportunity and get a mentor. To sign up, please send an email to:, providing the following details:
Your name, position, affiliation and contact details (can be work email or private email address)
Which mentor are you looking for?
o Do you have a specific person in mind?
o What do you need/expect from your mentor?
o Any further details/requests you would like to share.

We look forward to receiving your positive responses and making good use of the MDR program and community.

On behalf of the MDR board and Talent Committee,
Pamela Habibovic