Coaching Groups

Aims of Coaching Groups

  • To support scientists in their career planning process and to allow participants interchanging and improving personal networking
  • To make participants aware of possible alternatives to academic careers
  • To support them in decision reframing, in creativity processes, in getting over past conflicts, help them reflecting their own situation
  • To support them in applying for new jobs (how to improve application documents, preparation for interviews)

What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?

Kick-Off Event

To launch the 2023 program of courses and coaching Groups, a networking event took place on February 3rd, 2023. More information on that page.

Kick-Off Event


Workshops, working groups, individual works, presentations, talks, role play exercises, coaching tools.


The fee for participants from the ETH domain amounts to 250.- CHF for 5 half-days sessions.


Before registering you should know who’ll pay the invoice (yourself or your employer). It’s very important for us, as it will change the way the invoice is prepared.


Sessions begin in 2022 and last for up to 6 months (5 half-days).


Registration will open a few weeks before the coaching group starts, please use the online registration form on the webpage. Participant number: 8 Coaching groups will take place if the minimum number participants is reached.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations latest one week before the start of the coaching group and in case of illness or force majeure, the participants will be reimbursed.

Additional individual coaching session

Participants from each coaching groups are eligible to ask their coaching group trainer for an individual coaching session. These individual sessions cost an extra CHF 50.-
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Commitments and duties

participants are expected to attend all coaching group sessions.
Offers in 2023

Coaching Group

Dr. Ingrid Le Duc

Date: 24.05.2023, 31.05.2023, 23.08.2023, 01.09.2023 (joint session with Verity Elstons’s group), 6.10.2023
From 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Target audience: Doctoral students & postdocs Focused on skills transfer for PhD and Post-Docs in STEM disciplines
Location: EPFL

Coaching Group

Dr. Monika Clausen
Advanced postdocs
Dates: 05.06.2023, 26.06.2023, 13.07.2023, 21.08.2023, 07.09.2023
From: 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Location: ETHZ

Coaching Group

Dr. Lille Springall
Doctoral students and postdocs
Dates: 22.08.2023, 26.09.2023, 24.10.2023, 21.11.2023, 12.12.2023
From: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Location: ETHZ

Registrations will open on July 11

Coaching Group

Dr. Sarah Shephard
Doctoral students and postdocs
Date: 21.04.2023
From: 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Location: ETHZ
Other dates will be decided together with Coachees.

Coaching Group

Sibyl Schaedeli
Doctoral students and postdocs
Dates: 10.05.2023 (on site), 01.06.2023 (online), 13.06.2023 (online), 21.08.2023 (online), 19.09.2023 (on campus)
From: 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Location: ETHZ or ONLINE

Coaching Group

Dr. Verity Elston
Date: 12.05.2023
From: 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Target audience: Doctoral students & postdocs Focused on career choices within or beyond academia

Other dates will be decided together with Coachees.
Location: EPFL

What participants say
"I feel a renewed interest to stay in academia, but I also feel more confident that I can succeed elsewhere."
"It has made me be aware of that if I don't make an active choice in my planning, life will make the decisions for me."
"lt really worked for me: I wanted to have more open discussions in my research unit and it worked. I take things less Personal. I see other people have the same issues. I feel better."
"The majority of the issues raised during the sessions were common across all participants, regardless of their academic background. Being in such a group means discussion flows more easily. It is also common for us as academics to be the only woman in the room in meetings or discussions. An opportunity to discuss in an women only environment is a novelty (and a nice one!). I also felt it was acceptable to bring up for example, the effect of an academic career on one’s family life, something I would not do in other workplace environments. Being in a group made up exclusively of women made this possible."

Other offerings