The “Mentor a Paper” Programme concept is to match authors (Mentees) with experienced ISOCARP Members (acting as Mentors), who would help them in developing their final contribution to the congress.
The Mentor’s role is to: be in contact with the author; read the abstract and the draft of paper; provide comments on the paper and help guiding the author to develop the paper.
The Mentee’s role is to work on refining the paper under the guidance of the Mentor.
It is entirely up to the Mentor and Mentee to decide how often they would like to stay in contact and work on refining the paper. Most usually the interaction is only virtual, and depends on the specific case. The Mentor’s presence at the Congress is not required, although would be most encouraged.
We hope that by this we can guarantee the best quality of the papers presented at the congress, and also that Mentor and Mentee would mutually benefit from the interaction and knowledge transfer. We also aim to bring our Members closer together and provide assistance within the ISOCARP network.
Each year we issue a call for Mentees and later on a call for Mentors to match both sides.
In 2016 we have received a record number of abstracts for the 52nd ISOCARP Congress in Durban, South Africa (12-16 September) <link>. After a careful selection process the Congress Team has selected the abstracts which will contribute to the congress. Out of those 19 authors have applied to take part in the mentoring initiative and were matched with Mentors.
MENTORING SESSIONS AT THE CONGRESS
Mentoring Sessions during the coffee breaks at the congress are an opportunity for meetings between the delegates. One of them acts as Mentor, a more experienced ISOCARP member, and the other one is a Mentee, who would like to learn more about the society, and receive guidance on their career and professional development.
Mentors meet with Mentees for a short meeting during the congress, they can also communicate with each other prior to the meeting. The aim is to allow for professional development through networking, guidance and sharing ideas between experienced members and young planning professionals.
Mentors and Mentees apply to take part in the programme. They are matched before the congress. ISOCARP will schedule a meeting during one of the coffee breaks.
Mentors explain how their professional work looks like, how they see the profession, how they benefit from being part of ISOCARP, what are the society’s activities, give hints on career development etc. Both parties get to know each other.
Mentors have to be ISOCARP Members (and participants who intend to become members) registered for the congress.
Mentees have to be registered congress delegates under 35 years of age, they do not have to be ISOCARP Members.
Sławek Ledwoń, Vice President Congresses and Events