Welcome to EMEUNET – Emerging Eular NETwork
We are delighted to introduce an exciting venture that was started in 2009. The background of this initiative emanates from one EULAR's core objectives at that time – «Bring on board high quality, young generation contributors in all EULAR activities».
This statement was seized upon as an opportunity to address educational needs and promote research interests of aspiring young academics through the creation and development of a Europe-wide network of young rheumatologists. Our mission was to form a EULAR working group of young clinicians and researchers in rheumatology, which would move forward education, mentoring and research in Europe, widening collaborations and integrating with EULAR activities. Our first meeting was held at EULAR 2009 in Copenhagen, following which we sought approval for the EMEUNET venture at the EULAR Executive Committee meeting in September 2009; it was well-received and the go-ahead was given.
We targeted young people from a wide range of countries already active in rheumatology research and EULAR activities to form a Working Group to develop ideas and formulate a clear strategy for EMEUNET. Later on, the Working Group was organized in 7 subgroups taking care of education, mentoring, the newsletters, the webpage/social media (including Facebook and Twitter), visibility, country liaisons and global affairs. A considerable amount of planning and work within EMEUNET takes place in the various subgroups of the Working Group. Information on the work of the subgroups and of EMEUNET activities is disseminated among young rheumatologists/researchers via our Website, Newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and through a system of Country Liaisons who serve as a link between the Working Group and EMEUNET members in EULAR member countries.
Registered EMEUNET members are granted access to a searchable database of all members, allowing them to establish research collaborations and share information. Registered Members also have the opportunity to take part in our mentoring, educational and networking activities and may annually apply to the Working Group membership, where we try to ensure as broad a representation within EULAR countries as possible.
We hope that EMEUNET will continue to be embraced by the young rheumatology community and more and more of you become involved in rheumatology education, research and EULAR, making EMEUNET a successful and influential resource that fosters new and long-term collaborative endeavors and reassures that excellence in European Rheumatology and EULAR is maintained.
Sofia Ramiro, Elena Nikiphorou, Anna Moltó
EMEUNET Steering Committee