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 the 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. Following our first meeting at EULAR 2009, we sought approval for the EMEUNET venture at the EULAR Executive Committee meeting in September 2009: our proposal 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 involved in EULAR to form a Working Group to develop ideas and formulate a clear strategy for EMEUNET.
Later on, the Working Group was organized in subgroups taking care of Education, Peer Mentoring, Newsletters, Social media, Country Liaisons and Visibility & Global affairs. Information on the work of the subgroups and of EMEUNET activities are disseminated via our Website, Newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and from 2020, Podcasts, and through a well-structured system of Country Liaisons serving 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, and have the opportunity to take part in our mentoring, educational and networking activities. Also, members may apply each year to join the Working Group, the core of our community, where we always ensure as broad a representation within EULAR countries as possible.
After a milestone of our 10th anniversary in 2019, we kept growing with even more activities and members. Today, EMEUNET is a large network of young rheumatologist and researchers in the field of rheumatology in Europe and beyong, with over 2500 members from all over the world.
The first half of 2020 started with a huge challenge, as many of our friends and collegues found themselves on the front line of the battle against COVID-19. However, this experence made us stronger, as we found alternative ways to interact and we had an incredible response from our members, that alllowed us to deliver most of our usual activities at the virtual EULAR congress, including peer mentoring activities, virtual business meeting and networking event, our first webinar and the second edition of the EMEUNET-EULAR Reporter initiative.
2020 has also marked an important achievement for EMEUNET, as the new EULAR Statute approved by the EULAR general assembly in June 2020 has paved the road to EMEUNET being officially recognised as a Committee within the new EULAR council.
EMEUNET thrives on the support and enthusiasm of the young rheumatology community and we hope that many more will join our network.
EMEUNET is open to young rheumatologists and researchers with an interest in rheumatology who are less than 40 years old. Our members include clinicians, basic scientists, epidemiologists, health professionals: everyone with an interest in Rheumatology is welcome! Registration is free and just requires a few steps on our website.
Do join us to have an active say in rheumatology education and research, get involved in EMEUENT and EULAR activities, and contribute to the growth and success of EMEUNET and EULAR!
Felice Rivellese, Kim Lauper, Alexandre Sepriano
EMEUNET Steering Committee 2020-2021