EULAR Awards: Stene Prize

Every year, the Edgar Stene Prize is awarded to the person with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) submitting the best essay describing their individual experience of living with their condition. Competition details are distributed to EULAR PARE member organisations so they can run the competition nationally. Member organisations select the best entry from their country to submit to the EULAR Secretariat for judging by the Edgar Stene Prize Jury.

The National PARE Organisations invite people with RMDs in their respective countries to participate in the competition by writing and submitting an essay on the topic of the year. Essays may be written in any national language and should not exceed two typewritten pages. Employees of the National PARE Organisations, National HPR Organisations, or other scientific societies are excluded.

The best entry from each country will be submitted for the final decision made by the jury elected by the PARE Standing Committee.

Winners of the Stene Prize

2021 Stene Prize Booklet

Winner: Stine Bjørk Brøndum Jefsen, Denmark

Runner up: Sunčica Đorđević, Serbia

Third place: Penka Velkova, Bulgaria

2020 Hristina Bankova, Bulgaria

"One step at a time"

2019 Ovidiu Constantinescu, Romania

"My ideal employer – Work without barriers for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases"

2018 Magdalena Misuno, Poland

"My personal champion - supporting my everyday life with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease"

2017 Stefanie Hulst, The Netherlands

"Diagnosis from the perspective of a child"

2016 Simon Stones, UK

"Living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD): How to take action to enjoy life to the full"

2015 Charlotte Secher Jensen, Denmark

"Taking control of my life - working together with health professionals to achieve my personal goals"

2014 Marinka Stein Due Sørensen, Denmark

"Vision 2043 - my ideal world for people with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease"

2013 Mette Toft, Denmark

"Growing up or growing older - my secret for healthy aging with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease"

2012 Raijna Heimonen, Finland

"Overcoming the challenges of getting around with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease"

2011 Lill Due, Norway

"How Exercise improves my Life with a Rheumatic Disease"

2010 Karin Nørgaard, Denmark

"Working with a Rheumatic Disease - My Daily Reality"

2009 Emmi Myöhänen, Finland

"My rare condition"

2007 Lena Andersen, Denmark

"The small things in life matter"

2005 Monika King, Switzerland

Essay on coping with fatigue and tiredness of arthritis/rheumatism: 
"My tiredness - an encounter"

2003 Nanna Valentin Gaarde, Denmark

"Is it easy to get an appropriate job? Strategies/My Experiences"

2001 Frances Bell, United Kingdom

"The long way to acceptance of my chronic diseas"

1999 Erzsebet Bernscherer, Denmark

"How do you expect modern IT Technology to be of any use to rheumatics in the future?"

1995 Monique Faure, France

"The every day life of a young person with arthritis from childhood to adolescence"

1991 Mona Rasmussen, Denmark

"How I deep my sense of humor and enjoyment of life despite a rheumatic disorder"

1987 Krystyna Baziuk, Poland

"What has helped me mostly in controlling my illness?"

1983 Aleksandra Drogi, Poland

"The rheumatic person in the family"

1981 Karin Heramb, Denmark

No topic 

1975 JM Tuin-Brouwer, Netherlands


Related information

Stene Prize 2021 

“How digital solutions benefit my life as a person with an RMD”.

Stene Prize 2021 Launch 

Read the letter to the PARE standing committee here!

Stene Prize 2021 Rules

Read more here.

Stene Prize 2021 Jury

Dr. Daniel Aletaha
EULAR Treasurer - representing the Scientific Community

Jeanette Andersen 
Leader of the PARE Editorial Board, PARE Committee Member and leader of the 2021 Jury – representing PARE

Beth Dillon
Young PARE Board Member - representing Young PARE

Marleen Rones 
County Leader Nordland, Norsk Revmatikerforbund (NRF) – representing PARE and Norway, the home country of Edgar Stene

Prof. Marco Testa
President of Italian HPRs Association (FORRHEUMA) - representing Health Professionals in Rheumatology

Stene Prize Booklets

Read the inspiring and moving stories.


Who was Edgar Stene? 

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Life Stories Campaign

Matthew Moulding

Mette Toft

Rita Gruber

Violetta Lodyga

Victoria Garratt

Maria Pilar Pazos Casal

Portugal: 'The great challenge'
Ana Paula Nunes

Denmark: 'Living in the moment'
Charlotte Secher Jensen