Peer Mentoring

EMEUNET Postdoc Mentoring Program

Are you pursuing a great career as a researcher in rheumatology? Apply to be mentored by the top researchers as part of the EMEUNET Postdoc Mentoring Program. Please note: The deadline was June 3rd 2018. Look out for the next round.

A recent survey from EMEUNET supports the need for career mentoring, mainly focused on career transition, networking and leadership skills. We are happy to announce that EMEUNET has launched a pioneer initiative to improve mentoring of early career researchers in rheumatology (post-docs within first 5 years after PhD). This first edition of the program is featuring the top researcher as mentors: Professor Désirée van der Heijde, Professor Rik Lories and Professor Will Dixon.


What is it about?

  • This is a possibility to discuss (new) projects with a mentor: how to lead project, build networks, evolve to senior researcher status and general career advice and development.

How is the program structured?

  • Duration: 12 months, starts with a faceto-face meeting at EULAR-2018 in Amsterdam

  • Communication: variable, depending on the mentormentee by F2F meetings during congresses and phone/skype/email contact

  • Mentoring plan: This will be agreed upon in the beginning between the mentee and mentor with the help of EMEUNET colleagues

How to apply?

Take advantage this unique opportunity to be mentored by top leading experts and apply!

EMEUNET Peer Review Mentoring Program

Since its first edition in 2012, this innovative program has received enormous attention by all the EMEUNET community and it has been continuously growing.

Currently we are running a  collaboration with the two EULAR/BMJ rheumatology journals: ARD and RMD Open. This brought new top-level mentors and a broader selection of research topics, as well as a higher number of places available.

In 2017, we have launched the fourth edition of this program. For the first time, this program was organized in collaboration with the two EULAR/BMJ rheumatology journals: ARD and RMD Open. This brought new top-level mentors and a broader selection of research topics, as well as a higher number of places available.

In this edition, 35 mentees have been involved. The senior reviewers who are enrolled as mentors are: Maxime Dougados (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, clinical epidemiology and clinical trials), Anna Moltó (spondyloarthritis, outcome measures, longitudinal analysis), Marco Matucci Cerinic (systemic sclerosis, pathogenesis of scleroderma, lung/vascular involvement), David Pisetsky (systemic lupus erythematosus, antinuclear autoantibodies, rheumatoid arthritis), Dirk Elewaut: basic sciences, immunology, inflammation), Xavier Mariette (Sjögren syndrome, anti-TNF, B-cells, lymphoma and autoimmunity) and Daniel Aletaha (early arthritis, diagnosis, therapy, outcomes).

Do not miss your opportunity to engage in scientific state-of-the-art discussions with leading experts and receiving a valuable training in peer review. We invite you to keep posted to our social media platforms and newsletters and apply to the following editions!

For any questions related to this program, please refer to

Additionally, during the 2017 EULAR congress, introductory meetings between mentors and mentees were organized in the framework of this program.

The participation of mentors and mentees of this program has been acknowledged in the “Thank you to reviewers” issue of the participating journals.

RMD Open:

The experience from the EMEUNET Peer Review Program has been reported in a viewpoint article RMD Open. In this article, we have summarized the main characteristics of the program, the outcomes of the last editions and the recent improvements implemented. A list of recommendations to consider for the implementation of similar educational/mentoring activities is outlined.


EMEUNET Mentor-mentee meetings

At ACR and EULAR conferences, we arrange informal meetings with mentees (n=4-6) and one mentor with matching research interests. The meetings take place in a casual and informal atmosphere, and last approximately 60 minutes. The topics for discussion are decided by the mentees and mentors, and may be specific or general research questions or questions regarding career pathways. The meetings are always a great success! For EULAR 2017, we had the following mentors: Prof. Josef Smolen, Prof Iain McInnes and  Prof. William G. Dixon.

EMEUNET Glossary of Centres of Excellence

In 2016, we launched the glossary of EULAR Centres of excellences on our website.
Currently there are 22 top research centres in Europe approved as EULAR Centres of Excellence. This designation is valid for 5 years.

The goal with the registry of EULAR Centres of Excellence is two-fold:
1) To present first-class research centres for active researchers
2) To enable exchange of research projects.

We have compiled a list for our EMEUNET members containing the current EULAR Centres of Excellence with information about the centres’ main focus in research, research possibilities within the centres and contact information.
Our members also have the special opportunity to contact first class researchers at these centres for advice regarding e.g. research or carrier.  The mentors should not be contacted more than twice a year. If not specified otherwise, these mentors are also the contact persons for the centres.

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