Mentoring program

The WiMIR mentoring program connects women students, postdocs, early-stage researchers, industry employees, and faculty to more senior women and men in MIR who are dedicated to increasing opportunities for women in the field. Mentors share their experiences and offer guidance to support mentees in achieving and exceeding their goals and aspirations. By connecting individuals of different backgrounds and expertise, this program strengthens networks within the MIR community, both in academia and industry.

The pilot program run in 2016 (March-June) with three remote sessions between mentor and mentee. We discussed the outcomes of this pilot and planned further mentoring rounds and activities at the WiMIR session at ISMIR 2016. Please find here more detailed information on the 2016 program.

The second edition of the program is running from January to June 2017 with four remote sessions between mentor and mentee. Participant numbers have more than doubled since the pilot program, with around 50 mentees and mentors in 2017.


Mentees about the program

Blog post by mentee Iris YuPing Ren.

Blog post by mentee Magdalena Fuentes.

Blog post by mentee Stefanie Acevedo.

“This program encourages us, and helps broadening the MIR network.”

“Having an exchange with people strongly involved in MIR is a great help for someone like me who is starting in the field and is full of doubts.”

“This is a great opportunity to connect with others more established in the field.”

“It is great to get an outsider perspective on your career and opportunities.”

“… enriching experience to receive a different point of view on things that are an important part of my life.”

Mentors about the program

“It gave me a better understanding of challenges faced by women like my mentee. Very rewarding.”

“I definitely felt good about being actively involved in something that had such a clear positive motivation.”

“WiMIR breaks barriers between generations!”

“I was very much surprised by how much I took away from our conversations; I hope that my mentee also benefitted!”

“Our talks have re-energized my research and given me a new direction to take on an upcoming research project.”

Mentoring is a two-way street. You get out what you put in. (Steve Washington)


The WiMIR-mentoring program has been developed with material from mentoring programmes at Utrecht University and Stanford University. We thank both universities for sharing their material and for allowing us to share it with other initiatives, such as the new mentoring programme for female engineering students at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Please refer to this website when you reuse material, and inform us such that we can refer to your initiative on the WiMIR website.


2016 edition

Mentoring Program Committee

  • Amélie Anglade, Freelance Data Science & MIR Consultant, Germany
  • Emilia Gómez, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Blair Kaneshiro, Stanford University, USA
  • Anja Volk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

22 mentees of the pilot program reside in Denmark, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, USA.

We thank our generous mentors for dedicating their time to this program:

  • Ana M. Barbancho, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Isabel Barbancho, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Sebastian Böck, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
  • Ching-Hua Chuan, University of North Florida, USA
  • Tom Collins, De Montfort University, UK
  • Sally Jo Cunningham, Waikato University, New Zealand
  • Johanna Devaney, Ohio State University, USA
  • J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois, USA
  • Douglas Eck, Google, USA
  • Dan Ellis, Columbia University and Google, USA
  • Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University, Canada
  • Ryan Groves, Music & Data Science Software Consultant, Germany
  • Dorien Herremans, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Alvin Hill, University of Michigan, USA
  • Xiao Hu, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Rebecca Kleinberger, MIT Media Lab, USA
  • Audrey Laplante, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Robin Laney, Open University, UK
  • Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington, USA
  • Cynthia Liem, TU Delft, the Netherlands
  • Ewa Lukasik, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  • Oriol Nieto, Pandora, USA
  • Sebastian Stober, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • George Tzanetakis, University of Victoria, Canada