“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”
Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
The ACCENT Mentoring Programme is carried out jointly with the EU project ENSEMBLES, other EU projects will join. The first Mentor-Mentee pairs have successfully carried out or completed a mentoring process.
ACCENT T&E encourages you to become involved in this exciting opportunity as a Mentor or Mentee. Letters of intent (download here) should be sent to the ACCENT T&E Coordinator (Dr Evi Schuepbach; email@example.com).
ACCENT T&E recommends that Mentor-Mentee pairs discuss and agree on the goals to be achieved and sign a small contract (download here). The issue that the Mentee wishes to tackle with the Mentor is confidential. The mentoring period can run for a year or less. Mentoring can be carried out by email (if both parties agree), internet phone, or with face-to-face meetings. The mentoring period can run for a year or less; contacts are recommended to take place on a monthly basis.
The ACCENT Mentoring Programme is administered by the Task “Training & Education” and supported by the Gender Awareness Group.
Interactive Learning Tools in Chinese
The Chinese translations of the e-learning environment on global change mark the beginning of a new post-ACCENT era on global learning in air quality and climate change science with activities starting in 2010.
E. Schuepbach (Ed.), 2009, We Care for Clean Air! Motivating the Next Generation of Atmospheric Scientists, 94 p, ISBN 978-88-95665-01-6.
E. Uherek, E. Schuepbach, 2008, European Efforts in Earth Science and Climate Change Education, Physical Geography, 2008, 29, 6, 545-560.
Awareness Seminar in Bangalore, India
Both, general science education issues and local/regional needs were addressed. The overview presentation by E. Schuepbach on teaching material developed in ACCENT “Training and Education” was well received. The Seminar ended with a media conference, and a newspaper article was released the following day, stressing the importance of environmental awareness and the importance of education.
Download the newspaper article here.
Download the presentation given by E. Schuepbach here.
Download the Seminar report here here.
ACCENT Training Workshop in Guangzhou, China
An ACCENT T&E Workshop was held at Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou, China, from 22-27 July 2009. The Workshop was integrated in a Summer School on Biodiversity organized by Prof. Shixiao YU, School of Life Sciences, Dept. of Ecology, funded by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The ACCENT Workshop on “Changing Paradigms in Atmospheric Chemistry” focused on primary and secondary pollutants with respect to health and policy issues. It offered lectures and group work in both science and transferable skills including team building and leadership, interdisciplinary disagreement, media analysis, and science communication to non-scientists. About 150 postgraduate students from 40 Universities in China participated in the ACCENT Workshop that carried the sub-title “Learning about the Past for Leaders of the Future”. Lectures were given and group work was chaired by 6 European ACCENT scientists. About 10 policy makers from China were invited to a V.I.P. event on “Science to Policy” in the late afternoon-evening of 25 July 2009 in Dongguan city to exchange with early-career scientists who were selected among the 150 participating students on the basis of their leadership potential, innovation and creativity. Click here to download full programme, workshop report and lectures .
ACCENT Training Workshop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The Training Workshop on “Changing Paradigms in Atmospheric and Marine Chemistry”, held from 7-11 August 2009 in southern Taiwan, at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, was affected by Typhoon Morakot, which devastated southern Taiwan in the region of Kaohsiung over the weekend of the ACCENT event. Fortunately, Peter Brimblecombe (University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.) had moved the Friday presentations forward to Thursday, 6 August, and Eva Schuepbach (University of Berne, Switzerland) managed to get to Kaohsiung from Hong Kong late on Sunday, 9 August, despite many cancelled flights.
Click here to download the Workshop programme, a summary on experiences and outcomes of the Workshop, and the lectures.
ACCENT FAR EAST – Simply Amazing
Videos on the Summer School on Biodiversity and on the ACCENT Workshop in Guangzhou have been produced by students from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Click here to view video on Welcome, Workshop and Farewell.
Click here to visit the Picture Gallery of the ACCENT FAR EAST Summer Programme 2009.