In 2013, a group of early-career scientists and experts came together in Tel Aviv University for a scenario-building workshop supported by Portia Ltd, a UK non-profit. Through networking and panel sessions, the women scientists and their role models brainstormed about the opportunities and challenges in their future careers. The women were also encouraged to think creatively in building possible scenarios and future CVs, and shared their ideas with their peers.
The workshop was a part of a Scenario Toolkit for women scientists that Portia Ltd has been developing for their Creating Futures in Science program, supported by an Elsevier Foundation New Scholars grant. Rather than using the traditional, one-to-one, mentoring relationship, the Toolkit takes the participatory method of scenario construction to promote knowledge sharing, peer learning, and collaboration. It aims to enable science institutions to support their early-career researchers, particularly women, in making more informed and effective professional and personal development decisions focused on career related issues.