The Development of EMEUNET

In 2009, EULAR made a strategic decision to establish a platform for young rheumatologists, by entrusting three young rheumatologists - Maya Buch (UK), Laure Gossec (France) and Daniel Aletaha (Austria) - with the tast to lay the foundation for the development of a formal young rheumatologists' network, called EMEUNET - the Emerging EULAR NETwork, with the aim to "Bring on board high quality, young generation contributors in all EULAR activities".

To this aim, they invited 25 young rheumatologists to join the first EMEUNET Working Group. Over the years, our working group has been structured into sub-groups, now subcommittees, each taking care of a key strategic area.

Since 2012, in order to ensure a standardised entry process into the Working Group (now subcommittee members), an annual application was set up, based on an application form, including a curriculum vitae outlining clinical and research experience as well as a motivation letter and a supporting letter from the head of department. This application process takes place annually around March and all EMEUNET members are invited to apply via email. Applications are scored by the EMEUNET Chairmanship and a decision is made considering scientific merit, but also influenced by other factors, including number of places available, country representation, age, and prior work done within EMEUNET or in national young rheumatologist’s associations. New Working Group members are notified in April and welcomed in at the EMEUNET Business Meeting at the annual EULAR Conference in June. Working Group membership lasts for 3 years. The current Working Group has 53 members from 19 EULAR Countries (as of 2021-2022).


The Structure of EMEUNET

EMEUNET offers various levels of participation.


This is the foundation of EMEUNET - the development of a pan-European, now world-wide, network of young rheumatologists and rheumatology researchers. Membership of EMEUNET provides access to regular newsletters, opportunities and activities geared towards young rheumatologists and rheumatology researchers. Membership is limited to people below 40 years and can be acquired with a free registration.


An EMEUNET Member for each country, who is responsible for the dissemination of all EMEUNET-related information to his / her country. This is usually a 1-year position which should not be renewed for more than 3 years.


This group undertakes the organisational role to facilitate the aims of EMEUNET and represent the EMEUNET community. The group consists of 53 members from 19 countries (as of 2021-2022) and a rotation of around one third of the group is ensured each year, with an application process for the selection of new working group members from the wider EMEUNET community.


Most of the work within the EMEUNET Working Group takes place in sub-committees, each focusing on a particular aspect of the organization. Current subcommittees include: Social Media, Education, Country Liaisons, Newsletter, Peer Mentoring and Visibility & Global Affairs. Each subgroup has one or more chairs. Before 1 December of each year, Members of the EULAR may propose to the EULAR Board candidates to be nominates as Members of the Committee (sub-committee chairs), which will be evaluated by the Chairmanship of the EULAR Committee. The EULAR Board nominates the Members of the Committee as a rule at its spring meeting.


The Chairmanship includes 2 members: the current Chair and the past Chair or Chair-elect, depending on the year. The Chair has a mandate of two year and the participation in the Chairmanship lasts for 4 years (one year as Chair-elect, 2 years as Chair and 1 year as past Chair). Before 1 December of each year, Members of the EULAR may propose to the EULAR Board candidates for the Chairmanship of the Committee. The applications will be evaluated and commented by the Chairmanship of the EMEUNET Committee. The EULAR Board nominates the Members of the Committee as a rule at its spring meeting.