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Speed Mentoring at EHRA 2024

Career advice in Berlin from EP experts

Speed mentoring connects young specialists with international experts during one-on-one meetings. Selected applicants receive career development advice and recommendations from seasoned and successful leaders in their fields.

As well as the individual speed mentoring sessions, EHRA is offering group sessions with renowned experts in the field.

Dates and location

This year's in-person speed mentoring sessions took place during EHRA 2024, in Berlin (7-9 April), in the EHRA Members Lounge. Individual and group sessions were available during the breaks, to Young EP members who applied prior to the congress.

Eligibility criteria

Applicant requirements:


Applications are closed.

Applicants were selected based on their motivation letter and CV. Each applicant was assigned up to two individual 20-minute interviews, according to their profile and the mentor’s availability, as well as a group mentoring session, if applicable.

Mentors in 2024

Julian Chun


Areas of expertise 

Catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, LAA closure, stroke prevention, coronary intervention  

Place of work 
CCB, Med. Klinik III, Markuskrankenhaus, Frankfurt, Germany

Marta de Riva Silva


Areas of expertise

Catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation/atrial tachycardia, SVT, ventricular arrhythmias 

Place of work 
Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

David Duncker


Areas of expertise
Catheter ablation, sudden cardiac death, devices, wearables

Place of work
Hannover Heart Rhythm Center, Department of Cardiology and Angiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Andreu Porta-Sanchez

Areas of expertise
Translational research, ventricular arrhythmia, mapping

Clinician-scientist, translational models of arrhythmia, VT and AF mapping

Place of work
Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Dominique Linz


Areas of expertise

Atrial fibrillation, pathophysiology and mechanisms underlying atrial arrhythmias and the development of treatment approaches

Place of work
Maastricht Hart en Vaat Centrum, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Silvia Priori


Areas of expertise

Clinical practice, Clinical research and Basic science research

Place of work

University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Helmut Pürerfellner


Areas of expertise
Electrophysiology, AF ablation, VT ablation / EHRA President-Elect

Place of work
Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen, Linz, Austria 

Philipp Sommer

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Areas of expertise

AF ablation, VT ablation, SVT ablation

Place of work
Heart- and Diabetescenter VRW Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

Jan Steffel


Areas of expertise
Electrophysiology and ablation, clinical arrhythmology, device implantation and troubleshooting, oral anticoagulation & stroke prevention

Place of work
Hirslanden Clinic, Zurich; University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Emma Svennberg

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Areas of expertise
Digital cardiology, screening for atrial fibrillation

Place of work
Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden


EHRA 2024 Speed Mentoring

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"Participating in this year's speed mentoring sessions has been incredibly enriching for me. I had the privilege of meeting the biggest research and clinical experts in the field, such as Emma Svennberg and Andreu Porta-Sanchez. I sincerely felt their interest in listening to my professional interests, and utmostly appreciate that their wealth of experience provided me with guidance and fresh perspectives. From discussing career strategies to gaining insights into specific fields, including how to most optimally combine scientific and clinical projects with personal life - I believe that each session was a truly invaluable experience. I wholeheartedly recommend these sessions to any young EP seeking mentorship and guidance opportunities."

Maciej Dyrbus, Poland


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"I want to share my experience of the EHRA speed mentoring programme. Firstly, I want to thank EHRA and everyone who was in the organisational team for their support and understanding. Due to the war I have not had the opportunity this year to visit Berlin onsite. So I asked if there was any chance to take part online and I received an invitation to an online mentoring session with Prof. Philipp Sommer. All the contact details were clear, thanks to the support team. Our meeting was about 30 minutes. I was really excited about the open talk and interest of my mentor. Prof. Philipp Sommer paid a lot of attention to my questions. The guidance and support I received in just a short amount of time were invaluable. I hope that there will be a meeting soon, but offline and face-to-face. Participating in the speed mentoring project is an incredible experience. I highly recommend this programme to anyone looking to accelerate their professional growth."

Podluzhny Mykhaylo, Ukraine

EHRA 2023 Speed Mentoring

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“During EHRA 2023 in Barcelona I had the pleasure of participating in a speed mentoring session both individually with Tom De Potter and in a group mentoring session with Isabelle van Gelder. It was a nice, laid-back conversation and I was able to freely ask for advice and guidance from expert EP physicians in achieving my professional goals. I gained some new perspectives and they seemed genuinely interested in my views. They patiently addressed all of my questions and concerns and gave me useful insights. I would recommend these sessions to any young EP interested in mentoring.”

Harri Saarinen, Finland



"Speed mentoring provided a unique opportunity to meet leading EP specialists, listen to their personal and professional stories, and hear what motivates and inspires them. During the group-based mentoring session, I was also happy to connect with a few of my co-mentees, whom I also hope to meet again. It was a highly motivating experience for which I am very thankful."

Maria Hee Jung Park Frausing, Denmark  


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"During the EHRA Speed Mentoring session, I had a great opportunity to discuss my career path with Prof. Jan Steffel. With a very friendly and open approach, I could ask questions about training in the field of ventricular tachycardia ablation and my strategy to build a VT programme in my hospital. Hints and recommendations were truly valuable – a frank, straight-to-the-point conversation highlighting where to go, and what to avoid. Also, Prof. Steffel was kind to share his experience on working as an EP clinician in Switzerland, explaining possible career paths to me."

Dr. Tomasz Jadczyk, Poland



"As a young professional in the field of heart rhythm, I was thrilled to attend the EHRA 2023 Speed Mentoring event. The opportunity to learn from renowned experts in the industry and connect with fellow professionals was unparalleled. Not only did I gain valuable insights and expand my knowledge of the latest developments in the field, I also had the chance to network and build lasting relationships with other professionals. The connections I made at this event will undoubtedly help shape my career path moving forward. 

I cannot express enough how impactful this event was for me and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to advance their knowledge and career in the heart rhythm field."

Dr Pranav Bhagirath, The Netherlands

EHRA 2022 Speed Mentoring 


“It has been a helpful and wonderful experience. Talking to famous EP experts is always great to improve your career and enlarge your European contacts.”

Dr. Lorenzo Mazzocchetti, Italy



"I have had the opportunity to participate in EHRA Speed Mentoring for a few years in a row. As a young Canadian EP, this is always a great opportunity to hear about ideas in Europe, get feedback on my vision and connect through the networks of my mentors to my peer group in Europe."

Dr. William F. McIntyre, Canada



"The speed mentoring gave me the possibility to gain important insights regarding next possible career steps as well as important steps to take during my EP fellowship. Moreover, it was a great possibility to network on an international basis with an expert in the field of electrophysiology. Would recommend it to every Young EP."

Dr. Henrike Aenne Katrin Hillmann, Germany



"Contacting one of the EP masters is one of the most important steps in your EP career. A speed mentoring session puts you on a faster track in your career by taking professional advice from a brilliant electrophysiologist around the world. Don't miss it."

Dr. Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, Egypt

EHRA 2021 Online Speed Mentoring

Stefan Simovic.jpg"This was a great opportunity to meet and receive extraordinary advice from world-famous experts, which I have already started to apply in my daily practice. I have agreed on future cooperation with some of them. An extraordinary experience!"

Dr. Stefan Simovic, Serbia


Johanna Müller-Leisse.jpg"EHRA Online Speed Mentoring was very helpful, motivating and fun. What an honour to have such successful senior EP specialists spend their time and thoughts on you! I am very thankful for this experience."

Dr. Johanna Mueller-Leisse, Germany