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

Episode Description:

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

Episode Description:

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

Episode Description:

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

Episode Description:

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.


You can listen to all our season one episodes on SoundCloud.


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