Peer Mentoring


This EMEUNET subgroup aims at helping young rheumatologists to have more access and information, to interact with mentors and leading clinicians/researchers in the field of rheumatology. It also encourages the exchange of ideas between peers providing an opportunity to get in touch with rheumatologists with similar research interests.

Ongoing projects:

  1. EMEUNET Post-doc Mentoring Program: pioneer program aimed at providing mentoring for post-doc researchers by leading mentors in the field of rheumatology.
  2. EMEUNET Peer Review Mentoring Program for Rheumatology Journals (former ARD reviewers program) to train EMEUNET members as reviewers for scientific journals in rheumatology under the supervision of senior reviewers. This program is organized in collaboration with the editorial offices of ARD and RMD Open.
  3. EMEUNET Mentor – Mentee meetings at international conferences (e.g. ACR and EULAR). Informal meetings between EMEUNET members and experts in the field of rheumatology to discuss career plans, research options, training etc.
  4. EMEUNET Research institute glossary: to promote research collaborations between EMEUNET members and research institutes in Europe.

1. 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.

The first edition of the program was launched at EULAR 2018 and boasts 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!

2. 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.


3. 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 ACR 2018, Prof Robert Landewé was the mentor.

You can find below pictures of the last event at ACR 2018 and here some details of this event and previous ones. 


4. 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.

There is also a list of Centres of Imaging on the EULAR website and other centres on the EMEUNET website. 

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