EMEUNET Postdoc Mentoring Program

A recent survey from EMEUNET supports the need for career mentoring early career researchers in Rheumatology. On this line, the EMEUNET Peer Mentoring subgroup has pioneered a mentoring program aimed to cover this gap: the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Program.

We recently lauched the second edition of this program during EULAR 2019 with five top researchers as mentors:

  • Prof. Francis Guillemin (University of Lorraine, France): Epidemiology, Health Economics, Quality of Life, Osteoarthritis
  • Dr Suzanne Verstappen (University of Manchester, UK): Epidemiology, work outcomes, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Prof. Christophe Richez (University of Bordeaux, France): Clinical and Translational, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Prof. Margreet Kloppenburg (University of Leiden, The Netherlands): Clinical and Translational, Aetiology of Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Prof. Timothy Radstake (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands): Translational Immunology, basic sciences, systems biology, systemic sclerosis

The first edition of the program was launched at EULAR 2018 and boasted three top researcher as mentors: Professor Désirée van der Heijde (LUMC, The Netherlands), Professor Rik Lories (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Professor Will Dixon (University of Manchester, UK).

Key information on the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Program

What is it about?

  • This program offers mentoring from leading experts in the field or Rheumatology. Mentoring covers a number of aspects of the research and career development: how to lead projects, build networks, evolve into a senior researcher and general career advice.

How is the program structured?

  • Duration: 12 months, starts with a face-to-face meeting at EULAR annual meeting

  • Mentoring plan: this is be agreed upon at the beginning between the mentee and mentor with the help of EMEUNET Peer Mentoring subgroup members. This is based on an Individual Development Plan, which collates the expectations and aims of the mentees and identifies areas where the mentor could provide guidance.

  • Communication: variable and flexible, depending on the mentor and mentee. After the face-to-face introduction at EULAR meeting, future communication is commonly via phone/skype/email.

Are you a post-doc researcher in rheumatology and need a mentor to support your academic growth? Take advantage of this unique program and apply for coming editions! Stay tuned to our social media platforms!