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Keywords:

  • allergy;
  • clinical immunology;
  • European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology;
  • education;
  • Junior Members and Affiliates

To cite this article: Skevaki CL, Maggina P, Santos AF, Alves RR, Antolin-Amerigo D, Borrego LM, Bretschneider I, Butiene I, Couto M, Fassio F, Gardner J, Xatzipsalti M, Hovhannisyan L, Hox V, Makrinioti H, O’Neil SE, Pala G, Rudenko M, Santucci A, Seys S, Sokolowska M, Whitaker P, Heffler E. The 10th anniversary of the Junior Members and Affiliates of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Pediatric Allergy Immunology 2011: 22: 754–757.

Abstract

This year is the 10th anniversary of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Junior Members and Affiliates (JMAs). The aim of this review is to highlight the work and activities of EAACI JMAs. To this end, we have summarized all the initiatives taken by JMAs during the last 10 yr. EAACI JMAs are currently a group of over 2380 clinicians and scientists under the age of 35 yr, who support the continuous education of the Academy’s younger members. For the past decade, JMAs enjoy a steadily increasing number of benefits such as free online access to the Academy’s journals, the possibility to apply for Fellowships and the Mentorship Program, travel grants to attend scientific meetings, and many more. In addition, JMAs have been involved in task forces, cooperation schemes with other scientific bodies, organization of JMA focused sessions during EAACI meetings, and participation in the activities of EAACI communication platforms. EAACI JMA activities represent an ideal example of recruiting, training, and educating young scientists in order for them to thrive as future experts in their field. This model may serve as a prototype for other scientific communities, several of which have already adapted similar policies.