Your Digital Mentor Podcast
The Wellcome Connecting Science ‘Your Digital Mentor Podcast’ is a free series, delivered as part of a collaborative project between the Wellcome Connecting Science Courses and Conferences team and the Wellcome Sanger Institute.
Mentorship is a learned skill that can benefit many early career scientists, but access to such support is not always accessible to everyone – especially in low and middle-income countries.
Your Digital Mentor Podcast explores topics around mentoring and career development, tackling the challenges through real stories and honest discussions from experts guests across the world. These conversation offer valuable advice and information that’s freely accessible to everyone, demonstrating the importance of great mentoring to a community.
Season two launches on 18 August, with a new emphasis on skills development, covering topics, including: scientific writing, communication, entrepreneurship, leadership, and research culture.
If you have any questions or queries about the series, you can contact the podcast team here.
Find out what mentoring means to our podcast team:
Guests: Willy Lescano and Alena Pance
This special episode in Spanish sees our guest Host, Anna Protasio interview Willy Lescano and Alena Pance on what mentoring is and how to establish and maintain a good and productive mentorship relationship.
Guest: Professor Jeffrey McDonnell
In the first episode of season two we explore how to become successful at scientific writing, to help elevate your career.
We interview Prof. Jeffrey McDonnell, author of “Navigating an Academic Career: A Brief Guide for PhD Students, Postdocs and Early Career Faculty” on writing skills.
We cover how and when to find the time to write and how this impacts your research career.
Guests: Dr. Claire Chewapreecha and Dr. Kate Baker
In episode two, the second of the Skills Lab series, we catch up with Dr. Claire Chewapreecha and Dr. Kate Baker for top tips on effective communication and presentation skills. We also find out how they have both adapted to the new zoom environment, and how this has changed their approach to presentations.
Guests: Dr. Marcia Philbin and Dr. Stephen Baker
Leadership might be fulfilling, but it is not easy! Our guests Marcia Philbin and Stephen Baker talk about some of the challenges they face as leaders and what skills and factors helped them succeed.
Guests: Dr. Arporn Wangwiwatsin and Dr. Monica Abrudan
Researchers and scientists are doing great and impactful work that can change lives. But are people really aware or understand their work? How can we engage with people outside our scientific spheres?
In this episode, our guests share their strategies and experience on how to communicate your science to the public. Whether it’s through “beer and science” or through a future flash mob…, there is a method for every scientist willing to step outside of their comfort zone.
Guests: Dr. Jenny Molly, Dr. Simon Travers, and Dr. Douglas Sanyahumbi
Sometimes publishing a paper that has the potential to impact might not be enough. You are driven to change: “potential” to “is” (Simon Travers). Scientists and researchers can create living products/businesses that have value and address key needs in the lives of others. We learn from Jenny, Simon, and Douglas about the how of this process.
They share their experiences initiating, supporting, and leading different companies, businesses, and projects, across the globe. They discuss how they navigate the murky waters of leading start-up companies, navigating politics around patents, seeking support, guidance, and resources, and challenges associated with the different aspects of being scientists and entrepreneurs.
You can listen to all our season one episodes on SoundCloud.