Delft, July 3-7, 2023

8th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy

Mentoring Sessions

This year's Euro S&P continues the tradition of organizing mentoring sessions for early-career researchers attending the conference, following the success of previous years. Mentoring aims to help researchers advance in their academic pursuits, build professional relationships, and foster the environment of support and transparency within the community. The purpose of the sessions is to provide a platform for researchers to exchange experiences and guidance in the competitive field of academia. During the sessions, mentors and mentees discuss specific topics crucial to their career development and of mutual interest. During these sessions, mentors and mentees discuss specific topics crucial to their career development and of mutual interest.

This year, mentoring is extended to accommodate a wider range of topics and role assignments, in order to better cater to the diversity of roles, career paths and challenges within academia. The sessions are included in the conference registration, but a sign up is required.


We are looking for more mentors! If you fit the Mentor profile described below and would like to contribute to the community by holding a short session or two on the topics of your preferrance, feel free to reach out to the Mentoring co-chairs: Vera Rimmer and Azqa Nadeem.


This list of topics proposed for mentoring sessions covers a wide range of issues relevant to early-career researchers in the field of security & privacy. From publishing and reviewing to establishing collaborations, personal leadership and career development, the topics include mental health, work-life balance, motivation, and transitioning from academia to industry. Additionally, the list covers topics such as open science, research integrity and ethics, effective supervision, and presentation skills, all of which are important for researchers in academia.

You can find the full list of topics to choose from in the sign-up form that you receive upon registering for the conference. If you completed your registration but have not received the sign-up form within a day, please email the mentoring chairs Vera Rimmer and Azqa Nadeem.


You can sign up for mentoring sessions as a Mentee if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are a starting PhD student or researcher.
  • You are nearing the end of your PhD program and are unsure about your next steps.
  • You are a starting post-doc.
  • You are actively seeking permanent positions in academia.

If you would like to volunteer as a Mentor, you should possess relevant experience or knowledge that would enable you to guide and advise early-career researchers and other mentees. This includes but is not limited to the following options:

  • You hold a senior academic position.
  • You are an experienced post-doc who has previously provided guidance to PhD students.
  • You hold an academic position while also having gained significant industry experience.

Depending on the current place in your career, you are welcome to sign up as a Mentor and a Mentee. If you are unsure about the most suitable role for you, don’t hesitate to fill in the form with your proposal and leave a comment in the designated Comments section, and the organizers will get in touch with you to provide further guidance.


There will be two types of sessions: general sessions and private sessions. The two general sessions will commence with an Opening session on July 3 at 2PM (see the location below), the exact hour TBD, where mentors and mentees will be introduced to one another, and conclude with a Closing session on July 7 (the time TBD, see the location below), possibly in a plenary format where the main takeaways will be discussed.

In contrast, the Private mentoring discussions will take place between mentors and mentees throughout the conference days July 4-6. These discussions will be held in small, independently-scheduled meetings, either in small groups or one-on-one, depending on the popularity of the topics.

We ask the participants to maximize the attendance of the general sessions, and to engage responsibly in the private sessions as per the agreed schedule between mentors and mentees. Please monitor the dedicated Slack channel for mentoring sessions before the conference, where general and private mentoring events are coordinated. If you are registered but have not received a Slack invite, please contact the mentoring chairs.

General sessions schedule

Private sessions schedule

Agreed upon directly between mentors and mentees.