On the 15-16 June 2023, all the EMERALD fellows, host group representatives, and Coordination Committee members joined the EMERALD Annual Meeting 2023 at the IGC in Oeiras, introducing the fellows and projects to be developed, exchanging expertise, and building their network to develop future activities.
The fellows from the 1st call showed their advances through a poster session and shared their experiences in their first year as PhD fellows with a medical background. The fellows from the 2nd call creatively introduced their projects by showcasing short videos about their exciting research questions.
To Luís Moita, EMERALD Coordinator and Principal Investigator at Gulbenkian, “It’s very important for us at IGC to be part of this pioneering European-wide program for medical doctors and to work with the group of institutes involved in training the next generation of physicians-scientists and bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.” IGC will host three fellows from the program, distributed in different projects over the next five years.
David Brena, EMERALD Project manager, defines the EMERALD “in 2 words: “Excellence” and “diversity.” Excellence, because in the two competitive calls to enter the program, we’ve got more than 250 candidates, and we selected only 23. Diversity, because the fellows are from 17 nationalities and all had to undergo international mobility, they also have diverse clinical expertise. They are developing projects with very different scopes among the network but with the clear mission of connecting medicine and research. We are pleased about this”.
EMERALD is an International PhD Programme for Medical Doctors that trains and nurtures the next generation of physician-scientists. The first specialized PhD program for medical doctors working European-wide trains 23 medical doctors from 17 nationalities who are developing a PhD in cutting-edge research in 7 research institutes from 6 EU member states and 37 partner organizations across 10 European countries.
The EMERALD fellows were recruited through 2 open, competitive calls, with more than 250 applicants: 7 fellows during the first (2021) and 16 on the second and final (2022).