The Development of EMEUNET
In 2009, EULAR made a strategic decision to establish a platform for young rheumatologists, by entrusting three young rheumatologists with this task: Maya Buch (UK), Laure Gossec (France) and Daniel Aletaha (Austria), who already had active positions within EULAR. The three young rheumatologists laid the foundation for the development of a formal young rheumatologists’ network, called EMEUNET – the Emerging EULAR NETwork.
Initially, a Working Group of 25 young rheumatologists was established. These individuals were identified either through EULAR activities they may have participated in, or alternatively, by recommendation of senior rheumatologists within EULAR, as no formal selection process had yet been established.
Since 2012, in order to ensure a standardised entry process into the Working Group, an annual application was set up, which is 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 proces takes place annually around March and all EMEUNET members are invited to apply via email. Applications are scored by the EMEUNET Steering Committee (SC) 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 54 members from across 16 EULAR Countries, as of 2019-2020.
If you are interested in becoming a working group member, register now to EMEUNET, and expect an invitation in your inbox with all the instructions to apply.