Your Digital Mentor Podcast

‘Your Digital Mentor’ is a free podcast series, delivered as part of a collaborative project between the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, and the Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health

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.

This new series will explore topics around mentoring and career development, tackling the challenges through real stories and honest discussions from experts guests across the world. These conversation will offer valuable advice and information that’s freely accessible to everyone, demonstrating the importance of great mentoring to a community.

If you have any questions or queries about the series, you can contact the podcast team here.

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  • Episode 1. What is Mentoring?

    Guests: Grace Mwaura and Andres (Willy) Lescano

    Soundbite: Dr. Joseph Tucker

    Episode Description:

    The episode will discuss the roles of a mentor, mentee and institutions. The guests will share their experiences in establishing and implementing a mentorship programme, and evaluate opportunities for LMICs against the HICs mentorship models.  The episode will also explore barriers to effective mentorship faced by LMIC researchers and institutions, and how to overcome these challenges.

  • Episode 2. Establishing and Maintaining a mentoring relationship

    Guests: Amel Ghouila and Palwende Boua

    Soundbite: Amel Ghouila

    Episode Description: 

    This episode will discuss how one can establish and effectively maintain a mentoring relationship. Our guests will share their different experiences in building and sustaining the relationships they have had with their mentors and mentees. We will also explore the dynamics of such relationships including effective communication, balancing the personal vs. professional,  tools they used to facilitate the relationships, and their challenges and successes.

  • Episode 3. Mentoring your mentor

    Guests: Monica Gandhi and Viya Mave

    Soundbite: Dr. Joseph Tucker

    Episode Description:

    In this episode we discuss mentoring and how you as the mentee can and should drive this relationship. The idea behind this episode is for mentees to drive the mentoring relationship. By having a structured approach, it can diminish the hierarchical structure you would expect. Monica and Vidya share their experiences of setting a standard in a new mentoring relationship.

  • Episode 4. Engaging and empowering youth

    Guests: Chebet Chikumbu and Noxolo Gigaba

    Soundbite: Emmanuela Oppong

    Episode Description:

    A lot of mentoring is about the mentee directing the mentoring relationship. This is a skill that will build up over time and requires having confidence in ones-self. Global Citizen continues to tackle topical issues that affect the current world and future generations. Global Citizen is unique in getting people, especially involved in a call to action. This episode aims to discuss how we engage and empower the youth in that their voice matters. How does this voice then become action and how does the action become change.

  • Episode 5. Imposter Syndrome

    Guests: Daniela Robles and Oluwaseun Ogundele

    Prologue: Isabela Malta

    Episode Description:

    Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon when a person feels they are a fraud or don’t deserve their achievements and that you achieved them solely through luck. This phenomenon disproportionately affects women and people of colour, but anyone can succumb to it. It happens when someone cannot internalise their own success. In this episode we discuss these internal narratives and how to overcome them and ‘reach for the stars’!

  • Episode 6. Burnout Syndrome

    Guest: Beth Thompson

    Soundbite: Halle Rubera

    Episode Description:

    In 2019, WHO redefined burnout, calling it a ’syndrome’ …and recognising it as an occupational phenomenon resulting from chronic workplace stress that hasn’t been successfully managed. Burnout is commonplace in the modern workplace owing to perfectionists and can even stem from imposter syndrome. In this episode we discuss what burnout is and how to get in front of it.

  • BONUS EPISODE: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in science (Part 1)

    Guests: Sabrina Fleurime (BBSTEM), Prof. Iruka Okeke, Prof. Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz and Prof. Collet Dandara

    Soundbite: Yolanda Ohene

    Episode Description:

    This is a special bonus episode on equity & diversity. In it we interview some amazing guests that talk about their personal experience and where as an industry things need to change. Covered in the topics is, representation matters, ensuring equity from the beginning, in academic research practices and the role institutions play in addressing diversity and inclusion.

  • BONUS EPISODE: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in science (Part 2)

    Guests: Sahar Ahmed and Ijeoma Uchegbu

    Soundbite: Ozama Ismail

    Episode Description:

    This is part two of a special bonus episode on equity & diversity. In it we interview some amazing guests that talk about their personal experience and where as an industry things need to change. Covered in the topics is, representation matters, ensuring equity from the beginning, in academic research practices and the role institutions play in addressing diversity and inclusion.

  • Episode 7. Network is your Net-worth

    Guests: Silvia Argimón and Swaine Chen

    Soundbite: ThankGod Ebenezer

    Episode Description:

    Scientists with an expanded network of contacts have an edge when it comes to grants, publications, awards, invitations to speak, job offers, and promotions. In this episode we will be discussing how, as a researcher you can develop and maintain your networks, and build your social capital.

  • Episode 8. Women Leadership in STEM

    Guests: Shubha Tole and Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha

    Soundbite: Kyla Roland

    Episode Description:

    In this episode we interview two phenomenal women in STEM who have been outspoken on gender inequities in science. They share their personal stories and reflect on what works and what doesn’t. Also they have some great tips on being a leader and not conforming to social norms that would act only to limit the potential of a woman.

  • Episode 9. Simplicity in Research

    Guests: Fredros Okumu

    Soundbite: Marco Mello

    Episode Description:

    Leonardo da Vinci’s quote “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” sets the stage for this week’s episode. In this week’s episode we discuss, how in spite of advances in technology and Hi-TECH methodologies that require high capital investments, answers can be found in the simplest of solutions. By focusing on local problems and ways to alleviate issues most immediately affecting the people around us we can focus our efforts on better health for everyone and achieve much better longer and more impactful benefit to the communities we live in.

  • Episode 10. Decolonising Global Health

    Guests: Renzo Guinto, Salma Mohamed Hassan Abdalla and Desmond Jumbam

    Episode Description: 

    In this week’s episode, we are talking about Decolonising global health. You may have heard of it in different opinion pieces and mass media but are not sure what it is. We have assembled a fantastic panel to guide us through this new movement to increase the diversity of voices in global health research.

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