The European Association of Population Studies (who, along with the local organizing committee, put on the bi-annual European Population Conference) are very committed to cultivating the next generation of Population Scientists. To this end, a Career Mentoring Event is organized at each EPC. This year I had the pleasure of organizing the event, which took place over breakfast on Saturday, June 16th. I have benefited greatly from such events in the past and I was honored to be asked to coordinate it. While some young scholars are quite comfortable approaching their senior colleagues, others may appreciate a more informal atmosphere and an introduction to start a conversation. The career mentoring events are a great opportunity to discuss research and career development, build professional networks, and even (as in one instance this year!) discover job opportunities!
Despite being quite early on Saturday morning, the Career Mentoring Breakfast was very well attended. Both senior and junior participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet and mingle. Seven world-renown scientists, covering different sub-fields of demography, were present:
Francesco Billari (Bocconi University/Oxford University)
Jane Falkingham (University of Southampton)
Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz (Vienna Institute of Demography)
Janina Jóźwiak (Warsaw School of Economics)
Melinda Mills (University of Groningen)
Mikko Myrskylä (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)
Frans Willekens (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute)
Junior participant hailed from from 17 countries and 4 continents.