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navigare - Career Coaching for Women in Science

The coaching programme navigare addresses female early career researchers who consider a career in science. The main objective of the navigare coaching programme is to support women in framing their own career objectives and to help them prepare and position themselves for a successful (further) career.


For many people, there are several reasons to aim for a career as a scientist. Thrilling research, self-determined work content, international cooperations, and comparatively high flexibility – in the perception of many academics, these seem to be important criteria for a rewarding career. At the same time, early career scientists are often depended on short term contracts and are expected to be rather flexible in terms of mobility. This may be perceived to be a challenge, especially in terms of the private life.

At the University of Bremen, women make up 44% of the graduates in natural sciences and engineering, whereas only 14% hold a professorship in these fields. MARUM aims to address this imbalance by offering extra support to its female scientist through the navigare coaching programme which is developed and organized in cooperation with the office for equal opportunities at the University of Bremen.

The navigare coaching programme aims to professionalise women for their career management in science. Strategies introduced in navigare include a focus on special challenges that especially women might (have to) face in the scientific community. Participants will reflect on informal obstacles in women careers and learn how to deal with them. Topics of the programme include
  • Individual career planning
  • Self-marketing
  • Networking
  • Communication and conflict management
  • Intercultural competences
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mentoring group
The programme starts with a half-day workshop to inform about the programme and to help interested women scientists decide whether they would like to participate in navigare. Following this workshop, they have one week to decide before a binding registration needs to be completed.

Once registered, the one-year programme consists of 7 days of trainings / coachings. Each of these ‘coaching days’, comprises lectures and interactive exercises providing the theoretical background on different aspects of personal and career development (see objectives). During the second half of the coaching days, participants will work on concrete situations and challenges they are facing in their own work context using the method of intervision.

In a final workshop, the participants will reflect on what they have accomplished with the navigare coaching programme, their plans for the future and possibly arrange for further self-organized meetings with the group of participants to continue with intervision.

see also detailed programme

The trainer

Dr. Monika Clausen is an expert for women careers in science jobs. She holds a PhD in biology and has done research in biotechnology for several years before she left science to work for a global enterprise in the department for human resource development. For the past years, Monika Clausen has worked as a freelance trainer and coach in her own enterprise. She offers trainings for universities, companies and individuals.

Application process

Women who are interested to participate in the navigare programme need to fill in the application form. Please make sure that you have read all the information on this web site as well as the detailed programme before you decide to apply.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

If you are eligible for attending the navigare programme, you will receive an invitation to participate in the information workshop. During this workshop, the trainers will explain the further registration process. Following the workshop, you will have another week time to decide whether you would like to participate in the programme.


Target group / Prerequisites for admission to the programme

navigare addresses female early career researchers (PhD students and Postdocs) who consider a career in science. Participants need to have a high motivation to learn within a group and need to be in Bremen for the workshops. They need to be able to participate in at least 75% of the coaching days (=5 days). Participation in the information and final workshops are essential.


Any questions about navigare should be directed to

Dr. Christina Klose


+49 421 218-65653


+49 421 218-9865653



MARUM II, room 3250