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Collectively building a mentor–mentee relationship through a one-day workshop

A workshop based on collective intelligence lays the foundations of mentor–mentee interactions by providing tools to build a valuable relationship.

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Fig. 1: The characteristics of mentors and mentees.
Fig. 2: Mentor–mentee collective intelligence workshop structure.
Fig. 3: Workshop outcomes: mentor–mentee vocation, engagement and role.
Fig. 4: Workshop evaluation by participants.


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The authors thank the Femmes & Sciences association for setting up the mentoring program in 2015, for participating in its development and for its ongoing support for our program for doctoral students, open to anyone who requests it. They thank M. Morris, coordinator of the Femmes & Sciences Mentoring Program in Montpellier, and all the coordinators for their support and help. They also thank the CNRS Occitanie Ouest delegation, I. Bonet and H. Feuillerat for the logistics of the workshop and for making it a qualifying CNRS Occitanie Ouest training course. They also thank the Center for Integrative Biology and the CBI PhD program for their support, as well as LAAS-CNRS. Finally, many thanks to all the mentors and mentees and to all the people who made the program such a success. This article is dedicated to Claudine Hermann.

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Foncy, J., Kwapisz, M., Knibiehler, M. et al. Collectively building a mentor–mentee relationship through a one-day workshop. Nat Biotechnol 41, 1829–1833 (2023).

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