The late Edgar Stene, who had severe ankylosing spondylitis, was a great promoter of co-operation between doctors, patients and community workers. The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize Competition runs yearly in his memory and honour. First prize is € 1,000 and the winner will be invited to attend the EULAR Congress in Frankfurt. Second prize is €700 and third prize is €300.

The 2020 prize will be awarded to the winning essay on the topic:

“Being a person with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) – How my voluntary work benefits me”

The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize 2020 competition is open to people 18 years and over who are living with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal (RMD) disease.

EULAR said, “People with RMDs are invited to write about their personal experiences. We all want to live life to the fullest and independently and work is an essential part of our life. But for many people with RMDs it cannot always be a paid employment or a fulltime job due to the challenges caused by the disease. Voluntary work can be equally fulfilling and being a great opportunity to be contributing to society as essential part of it. Thankfully this has also been noticed by the society in recent years and volunteering has become more positively acknowledged and appreciated in many countries. We would love to hear why people with RMDs are volunteering, their motivation and what they are doing. Also, what experiences they have made in their country, what challenges they face but most of all about the personal benefits related to voluntary work.”

As the UK’s national member organisation of EULAR–PARE, ARMA appoints a judging panel to decide upon the one essay we will submit on behalf of the UK.

You are invited to send in an essay NOT exceeding two pages of A4 in Ariel 12 point. The deadline for the competition is Thursday 5 December 2019.

Competition rules

Please submit all completed essays, along with your name, email address and telephone number to by Thursday 5th December 2019.

Please see the full competition rules before you apply. Consent forms [Word docx] also need to be completed for each entry.

The Edgar Stene Prize winner, chosen by a EULAR jury, will be announced by 15 March 2020. The Edgar Stene Prize winner will be awarded a prize of € 1,000 and will be invited to attend the Opening Plenary Session of the EULAR Congress in Frankfurt with travel and accommodation for four nights covered and an invitation to the EULAR Congress Gala Dinner.

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