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ESOT Mentorship Programme

Primary Topics:
professional development, career, work-life balance
online, Greece
Description & Objectives:

The ESOT Mentorship Programme aims to provide transplant professionals with the opportunity for close interaction and expert guidance at a key stage of their career. Mentoring is a powerful personal development tool to develop one’s career, change direction if desired or necessary, and support work-life balance. 

The programme welcomes mentors and mentees from all disciplines and participants can apply to work with expert mentors selected on the basis of their specialty and areas of interest. 

The programme is conducted by the ESOT Education Committee in collaboration with the Young Professionals in Transplantation (YPT) Committee and participating ESOT Sections and Committees with the aim of empowering emerging transplant professionals and nurturing future leaders in transplantation.

ESOT is strongly committed to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and strives to promote such values through its education programme. Members of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups are particularly encouraged to apply both as mentors and as mentees.

Target Group:

 Transplant professionals from all disciplines and countries.

Key programme information

  • Format: online (except for the networking event at the ESOT Congress)
  • Duration: 12 months. Flexibility will be ensured on a case-by-case basis (including but not limited to maternity/paternity leave, unforeseen circumstances, medical conditions, etc.)
  • Periodic progress review: both mentors and mentees will be able to provide regular feedback on the effectiveness of the programme and will be requested to complete a final questionnaire to share their overall evaluation of the programme
  • Programme kick off
    • Introductory mentors’ workshop
    • Kick-off meeting: introduction of programme and participants
    • Written agreed plan on goals to be achieved during the programme
  • Individual mentor-mentee sessions (1 meeting/month)
  • Professional development workshops (all mentees): two professional development workshops will be held during the programme; workshop topics will be selected based on the needs and interests of the mentees.
  • Networking event at ESOT Congress 2023
  • Certificate of completion for mentors and mentees

Programme timeline

  • October 2022 Programme launch and application period
  • November 2022 Review of applications by Education Committee
  • December 2022 Notifications to selected applicants
  • January 2023 Kick off meeting and start of individual sessions
  • March 2023 1st professional development workshop
  • May 2023 Progress review 
  • June 2023 2nd professional development workshop 
  • July-August 2023 Individual sessions depending on availability
  • September 2023 Networking event at ESOT Congress 2023
  • September-December 2023 Final individual sessions and final programme evaluation 
  • December 2023 Closing meeting with handover of certificate of completion for mentees and mentors

ESOT Education Team

Valentina Ricci
Head of Education & Governance 

Laura Contessi
Education Manager

Prospective mentees should: 

  • Be ESOT members (no geographical restrictions apply) in good standing and currently employed at a research or care institution
  • Have good knowledge and understanding of the English language
  • Be willing to engage in a structured, year-long programme
  • Be willing to attend most of the meetings and workshops


Prospective mentors should: 

  • Be ESOT members (no geographical restrictions apply) in good standing and currently employed at a research or care institution
  • Have good knowledge and understanding of the English language
  • Have extensive expertise and a proven track record in the transplantation field 
  • Have expertise in mentoring (i.e., supervising master students, PhD Fellows, new professional colleagues, etc.)
  • Be strongly motivated to nurture future leaders in transplantation
  • Be able to provide sound career advice 
  • Possess excellent communication skills 

ESOT Membership
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Mentees will have the opportunity to get expert guidance regarding their personal and/or professional development from an established leader in the field, to exchange best practices and ideas; to gain leadership skills; to expand their network and to develop new synergies and collaborations.

Mentors will have the opportunity to share their experience and expertise, to support the development of and give something back to the field of transplantation, to expand their own network, and to further develop management and leadership skills. 

All programme participants will get a free registration to attend the ESOT Congress 2023, where a special networking event will take place.

How to register


To participate in the ESOT Mentorship Programme, both prospective mentors and prospective mentees are invited to submit an application. The Education Committee will review applications and select a maximum of 5 mentees for the first edition of the programme, which will run in 2023.  

Prospective mentors should submit the following documents by 31 October to Laura Contessi (laura.contessi@esot.org): 

  • A complete CV 
  • A letter outlining their expertise, their background, their motivation to participate in the programme, the ideas and approach they expect to implement in the mentorship programme, their educational goals with the mentees 

Prospective mentees should submit the following documents by 31 October to Laura Contessi (laura.contessi@esot.org):

  • A complete CV 
  • A letter detailing the applicant’s interest in and commitment to the full programme, specifying the mentee’s needs, the type of mentor they are looking for, and what they are hoping to gain from the mentorship programme


Applications will be reviewed by the ESOT Education Committee. Selected applicants will be presented with several potential mentors and will be able to choose their mentor based on their specialisation and preference.  

A mentor or mentee can inform the Committee if, after their first meeting, either feels that the interaction is unlikely to work, and they will be assigned an alternative. 

We ask applicants to agree at the outset that they will complete feedback during and at the end of the year so that ESOT can gauge the programme’s success and make any necessary adjustments. This will be required to maintain the programme benefits and to receive their final certificate.