Mentoring Program

Mentor-Mentee Allocations


Student and Early Career Mentoring Program


IEEE CIS is organizing a mentoring program for students and early career researchers who are presenting papers at CEC 2021.


What is it? 

The program matches eligible presenters (mentees) with senior academics (mentors) from the field in order to provide mentees both with constructive feedback on publications, and a community point of contact during the conference. Of course, with the conference taking place in a virtual setting, the nature of the engagement of all attendees with the conference and their peers will be different to in-person conferences. However, given that the conference occurs remotely the programme allows for young scholars to engage with senior academics in the field and provides a great opportunity for mutually fruitful interaction and feedback.

How does it work? 

All program participants (see below) will be contacted via email prior to the conference and their names and affiliation will be added to the conference website. Mentor and mentee contact details will be shared between them to allow them to engage prior and during the conference if desired. If you do not want your contact details to be shared with your mentor, please opt-out as described below.
The mentor will receive a copy of the accepted paper before the conference, allowing her/him to read the paper in advance.
During the conference:
  • the mentor is encouraged to attend/view the presentation (video) of the paper and to engage with the presenter for example through contributing constructive questions in the Q&A part
  • following the paper’s presentation, mentor and mentee are encouraged to meet up virtually for feedback and potential follow-on discussion (where desired). It will be the mentee’s responsibility to arrange a mutually convenient date/time for this catch up (e.g. during one of the conference’s virtual breaks) and technology (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc.).

Who is it for? 

The program is provisionally* open to all students and early career researchers who are presenting an accepted paper at CEC 2021. All presenters accepted to the mentoring program will be assigned a mentor. If you are a student but would not like to be assigned a mentor (e.g. because you will not be the presenter of the paper), you can opt-out during the registration process. Early career researchers are not automatically assigned a mentor, but are invited to opt-in during the registration process.


- there is no formal restriction on who qualifies as an ‘early career researcher’;
- participation in the program is free of charge to registered presenters;

- *depending on demand, the number of mentees may be limited. All presenters accepted to the mentoring program will be explicitly notified via email. Applications to participate in the program submitted with registrations after the Early Registration Deadline may not be considered.



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