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The Mentorship Programme, launched in November 2012, was created as a means of enhancing scientific exchange and personal developmental relationships in which a more experienced and knowledgeable hepatologist would guide a young investigator through a crucial stage of their career path.

The Mentorship entails informal face-to-face communication during a sustained period of time, between the mentor (who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge in the field of hepatology) and the mentee (who is perceived to have less experience). The programme is not simply about answering ad hoc questions or providing occasional help: it is about establishing an ongoing relationship (continuous learning, dialogue, and challenge).

Mentoring is a process that involves communication and is relationship based, it is a process enabling the informal transmission of knowledge and a means of support for the mentee that is relevant to work, career, and professional development.

The 2014/15 Mentors will be:

Prof. Michael P. Manns Michael Manns



Prof. Dominique-Charles Valla

Dominique Valla



Application open from October 30- November 30, 2014


Rules & conditions:

EASL offers 2 mentorships per year.
The mentor/mentee relationship is to be based around a specific objective (e.g. launching a research project, acquiring new clinical skills or getting some data into publication...)

EASL will pay for 1 visit up to two weeks (flight & university / 3* accommodation) for the mentee to visit the mentor. EASL will also pay for the mentor and mentee to attend the International Liver Congress in April (flight, accommodation & registration) where they can meet and present their collaboration to EASL delegates. (Other meetings can be arranged as required but at the mentor's and mentee's own expense).

Duration of each programme: 12 months - no renewal is possible. 

Mentees will be entitled to collaborate with one of the above stated mentors depending on their specialty area and field of interest. Only 1 mentor per mentee and vice versa.

Conditions for Mentees:

  • Mentees should be under the age of 35 at time of application and/or still in training.
  • Applicant must be a registered EASL member.
  • Applicant must not hold a permanent position.
  • Home institution must be European and located in a different European country from the mentor’s institution.
  • No restriction on the applicant's nationality.
  • Both mentees and mentors will be notified by 30 December.
  • The mentors and mentees will be requested to attend ILC 2015, April 22-26, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. Both parties will take part in the young investigators’ Forum.


  • All applications will be reviewed by the scientific committee and then sent for approval to the mentors
  • Mentorships to begin (at the latest) by January of the following year
  • The mentor-mentee relationship should last for 1 year. Extended programmes cannot be requested or accepted
  • All applications to be received in English

How to apply:

Please complete the online application - link to be providede shortly. You will need to upload:

  • your personal details - Complete CV
  • a letter detailing the interest in the mentorship programme and stating the objective which the mentee would like to achieve
  • a letter of recommendation from a former or current supervisor

If you have any questions or problems with the application process please contact


Previous Mentors-Mentees:

Year Mentor Mentee

Massimo G. Colombo, Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Milan, Italy.

Diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

Bulent Baran,



Jaime Bosch, Professor of Medicine and Senior Consultant Hepatologist, IMD, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain, and Director of the CIBERehd, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.

Pathophysiology and treatment of portal hypertension.

Bogdan Procopet,



Peter Ferenci, Vienna, Austria.

Chronic Viral Hepatitis, Inherited Liver Diseases, Hepatic Encephalopathy

Natalia Tikhonova,

Moscow, Russia


Peter LM Jansen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Cholestatic and Metabolic Liver Disease

Alina Habic,

Cluj, Romania

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