ETAPS Mentoring Workshop

The goal of EMW is to provide useful hints to students and PhD candidates for start of their academic career.


We welcome students and PhD candidates to join the mentoring workshop at ETAPS 2024! During this workshop, you will have a chance to connect to researchers and industry practitioners from many different backgrounds. The Focus of the workshop is giving advice on topics like career planning and how to succeed as a researcher and member of the ETAPS community.

Confirmed Speakers

Preliminary Schedule

Sat 6 April–Sun 7 April


  • 19:00: Social dinner

We meet for an informal get-together and dinner at the Big Beer Company, where participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other as well as the mentors and organizers in a relaxed setting. Please note that participants should pay for themselves.


  • 8:50–09:00: Welcome

  • 9:00–10:00: Barbara Jobstmann (EPFL & Cadence, Switzerland)

    My Journey Between Academia and Industry

    In this talk, I will share my journey between academia and industry. My professional path took me to various places, from universities and a research institute to a small start-up and a big corporation. I will share the experiences from each phase of my career and highlight what I liked about my jobs and which challenges I faced. Along the way, I will share anecdotes about formal hardware verification in industry.

  • 10:00–10:30: Coffee break

  • 10:30–11:30: Jasmin Blanchette (LMU Munich, Germany)

    Why Writing Matters

    The quality of your writing matters. A well-written paper, even if it discusses a minor contribution, will likely get accepted, whereas a poorly written paper will almost certainly get rejected no matter how good the idea is. The same applies to job applications and grant proposals. My own journey demonstrates how writing is crucial at every point in an academic career. In this talk, I will retrace the important steps in my career and talk about how writing played a part in each one. I will also share some advice on how to organize a paper, how to keep it within the page limit, and how to write good English even if it is not your first language.

  • 11:30–12:30: Hila Peleg (Technion, Israel)

    Re-research: a modern retelling

    It’s easy to think of being an academic as a linear sequence of works: once they’re published, they’re done. In this talk, we consider the alternative: your old work is a living corpus that you can keep re-contextualizing based on new ideas. We’ll see a few reasons to do this (and not just writing your thesis!) and how even work you didn’t like originally can get a new lease on life with a fresh angle.

  • 12:30–14:00: Lunch break

  • 14:00–15:00: Sandrine Blazy (University of Rennes, France)

    30 years as an academic

    An academic career is not always a smooth ride. Through reflections on my career and the different facets of my job as a professor, I will share some milestones in my experience as a computer scientist and an academic.

  • 15:00–16:00: Raphaël Monat (Inria Lille, France)

    Lessons learned along the path of an early career researcher

    In this talk, I will share some lessons I learned the last 6 years, from the start of my PhD to my current permanent position as a research scientist in a French institute. I will discuss unexpected research topics, handling paper rejections and being on the job market for academic positions. I will also reflect on my personal commitments around diversity, environment, and work-life balance.

  • 16:00–16:30: Coffee break

  • 16:30–17:30: Rosemary Monahan (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)

    Nondeterministic Choices?

    In this talk, I will reflect on my path into an academic career and my journey to a professorship, discussing choices along the journey which have shaped my career to date. I will share my experiences and the lesson learned along the way, focusing on collaborations and funding opportunities, as well as managing responsibilities and opportunities intersecting administration, teaching, and research.


Participating at the workshop requires a registration for the ETAPS workshops on Sunday.