Welcome to EMEUNET – the Emerging Eular NETwork
The origins of the Emerging EULAR NETwork (EMEUNET) date back to 2009 following EULAR's core objectives at that time to "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 (includng Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), 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 well-structured 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 always ensure as broad a representation within EULAR countries as possible.
EMEUNET thrives on the support and enthusiasm of the young rheumatology community and we hope that more of you will join our network. Do join us and have an active say 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.
Elena Nikiphorou, Alessia Alunno, Sofia Ramiro
EMEUNET Steering Committee 2017-2018