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Mentorship 2014

MentorshipThe 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.

2014 Application for the Mentorship Programme is closed

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. 

2 prominent EASL members have volunteered and been deemed as mentors by the EASL Governing Board for 2013/2014:

Prof. Peter Ferenci

Vienna, Austria

Chronic Viral Hepatitis, Inherited Liver Diseases,
Hepatic Encephalopathy

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Prof. Peter LM Jansen

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cholestatic and Metabolic
Liver Disease

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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 2014, April 9-13, 2014, in London (UK). Both parties will take part in the young investigators’ Forum and will be requested to present the benefits of this new initiative and help to promote the Mentorship programme.


  • 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 application form below with:

  • 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

E-mail the completed application form to:

All requested documents should be sent as attachments. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

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


2013 Mentors-Mentees:

Massimo ColomboMassimo G. Colombo is Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Milan, Italy.

His research studies and interests include diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

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

His research interests are the pathophysiology and treatment of portal hypertension.

Prof. Colombo was mentor for: Prof. Bosch was mentor for:
Dr. Bulent Baran, Turkey
Dr. Bulent Baran
Dr. Bogdan Procopet, Romania
Dr. Bogdan Procopet

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