Hilton Washington DC National Mall
480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC
September 20 - September 23, 2023

Mentorship Program

Children and Screens is pleased to offer a mentoring program for the 2023 Digital Media and Developing Minds International Scientific Congress. Students and early career professionals (mentees) have the option to be paired with a mid-to-late career attendee (mentor). The goal is to support junior scholars’ professional development, from networking to insights and guidance of “more experienced” professionals in the field.  In addition to mentors, the program will also provide impactful ways for attendees of all career stages to support new attendees and early career scholars.

Who can participate?

Anyone who plans to attend the 2023 Digital Media and Developing Minds International Scientific Congress can sign up to be either a mentor or a mentee. 

Mentee slots are available to trainees (graduate students, postdocs, residents, etc.) and other early career professionals who are less than 5 years post-completion of a terminal degree. 

Mentor slots are available to any senior or mid-career professionals in attendance who are interested in supporting the next generation of scholars.

Signing up for the program

The conference registration has a checkbox for attendees to indicate interest in the mentoring program. The program organizers will send a questionnaire to all participants to indicate research and career interests, and these responses will guide mentor-mentee matches.

Priority for participation will be given to registrants who sign up by July 21, 2023.

How the program works

Mentors and mentees will be introduced in August. It is expected that each pair will interact virtually at least once before the conference, to establish a connection. 

There will be a special coffee mixer before the Welcome Address on the first evening of the conference for mentors and mentees to meet in person and network with other junior and senior scholars. This meeting gives everyone the chance to make an in-person connection, get to know each other a bit more, and hear from program organizers on how to make the most out of the week’s interactions. Throughout the Congress, mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to meet when and how best suits their schedule. 

Each mentor-mentee pair should touch base at least once after the conference, to address any questions or to continue engagement. Ongoing relationships and interactions are encouraged!


For more information about being a mentee or a mentor, please email