INTRODUCTION to the ENMC Early-Career Programme

One of the key pillars of the ENMC is to help junior researchers connect with established scientists and clinicians in the neuromuscular field and to give them a chance to obtain state-of-the art knowledge on research topics. We are very proud of the Early-Career Programme (formerly known as the Young Scientist Programme), which allows predominantly PhD students, post-docs and young medical doctors to participate in ENMC workshops of their choice where they listen, present their research, discuss and report on the workshop outcomes.

From a Survey done in 2020, it became clear that the ENMC Early-Career Programme helped these young researchers to expand their network, to start new international research collaborations and to find new internships and/or positions. While most were intrinsically interested in the field of neuromuscular disorders (NMD), results of the survey stressed the importance of creating more career opportunities and positions with good tenure-track perspectives to encourage the most promising people to stay in the NMD field. Close interaction with inspiring NMD leaders also emerged as an aspiration and important motivational drive. This is why the ENMC has developed, next to the Early-Career Programme, the ENMC Mid-Career Mentoring Programme (see next webpage).

If you are currently working in the field of neuromuscular disorders as:

  • a PhD-student,
  • a Postdoc researcher, or
  • a Medical Doctor graduate

and you are interested in attending one of the upcoming ENMC workshops of your choice, you can follow the Guidelines and complete the Template Form and CV to apply for the Early-Career Programme. You will need to discuss with the workshop organisers what your role will be at the workshop and in the workshop organisation.

Authorship NMD full papers

In agreement with Neuromuscular Disorders, the traditional four authors of the ENMC workshop report can now be extended with maximally two extra names of those Early-Career researchers who are proactive and efficient contributors to both the workshop and the writing of the full report. Thus, not all the young scientists who participate in a workshop will necessarily be included as an additional co-author, however all names will be automatically be added to the list of participants in the full report. Among the 4-6 named authors, reference will be made to the full list of workshop participants as “on behalf of the ENMC XXXth Workshop Study Group*”. In this way, all names can be found in PubMed as co-authors of the workshop report. The workshop participants/report authors will be mentioned in an Appendix under the asterisk.


We wish you good luck and in case of questions please don’t hesitate to contact the ENMC at