Early and Mid-Career Researchers' (EMCR) Forum 2018

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is pleased to announce the third Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF18), which will take place at the University of Glasgow on 7th and 8th June 2018. EMCRF18 is open to all working in the field of suicide and self-harm research, but it is specifically targeted at Early and Mid-Career Researchers. It will provide a space for support, networking, and collaborations among Masters, PhD, and Post-doctoral research students as well as more established researchers.

The EMCR Forum will yield opportunities for investigators at an early and mid-stage of their career to receive and provide advice and guidance to/from others in the field and create a supportive context for EMCRs to share their experiences and discuss the challenges faced in suicide and self-harm research, as well as fostering potential future research collaborations. The Forum also provides the opportunity to present your latest research and study projects in progress to colleagues, peers, health professionals, and policy makers. In short, if you are a researcher (at any stage of your career) in the field of suicide and self-harm please consider attending and/or presenting.

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

Tiago Zortea

Rory O’Connor

Welcome from Rory O'Connor

Check out the Twitter archive of previous Suicide & Self-harm ECR Forums:

1st #ECRF16: here!

2nd #ECRF17: here!

Keynote Speakers

Dr Lisa Marzano

Dr Lisa Marzano is Associate Professor of Psychology at Middlesex University London, and Digital Mental Health Editor of Evidence-Based Mental Health. Formerly a Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research, she has been involved in a number of studies focusing on self-harm and suicidal behaviours, using qualitative, quantitative and technology-assisted methods. Key areas of interest include suicide in prisons, portrayal of suicidal behaviour in traditional and ‘new’ media, and suicide on the railways. Current projects include research on the effects of ketamine treatment for depression and suicidality; on factors influencing suicide method and location choices (www.thequeststudy.org); and INSIGHT (http://insight.mdx.ac.uk/), a multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on the application of technological innovations to self-harm research and clinical practice.

Dr Niall Boyce

Niall Boyce was educated at Olchfa Comprehensive School, Swansea and Oxford University. After qualifying in medicine, he worked on the University College London Psychiatry training rotation for several years before joining The Lancet as a Senior Editor in 2010. In 2014, he became the founding editor of The Lancet Psychiatry. His interests include suicide prevention research and the cultural and experiential aspects of mental illness and mental health care.


Provisional Programme

Thursday, 7th June 2018

13:30-13:20 | Registration

13:20-13:25 | Welcoming remarks

13:25-14:25 | EMCR Talks: Methodological innovations in suicide research.

14:30-15:42 | Oral presentations - Parallel sessions

15:45-16:15 | Coffee and networking

16:15-17:00 | “Meeting the experts” Panel: Dr Lisa Marzano, Dr Niall Boyce, and Prof Rory O’Connor

18:30 | Dinner


Friday, 8th June 2018

09:00-09:25 | Registration

09:25-09:30 | Welcoming remarks

09:30-10:30 | Opening Keynote Presentation – Dr Lisa Marzano

10:30-11:00 | Coffee and networking

11:00-12:12 | Oral presentations - Parallel sessions

12:15-13:25 | Lunch

13:25-14:25 | Keynote Presentation – Dr Niall Boyce

14:25-15:15 | Posters session, coffee and networking

15:15-16:27 | Oral presentations - Parallel sessions

16:30-16:45 | Closing considerations and feedback form completion



Registration cost: £35*
Deadline: Monday 20th May 2018

Payment options: Credit/debit card, Invoice, or Pay at the door.
Register here: https://emcrf2018.eventbrite.co.uk

If you are paying your registration on the day of the conference, we can only accept cash (no cheques, or credit/debit cards). Please bring the exact amount of £35. We will provide receipts on the day.

*Conference dinner is not included in the cost of registration.


We have organised an informal dinner for Thursday 7th June at 7pm at Oran Mor in the West End of Glasgow. If you wish to come, please select the option when registering on the Eventbrite page. Please note, however, that the costs of the dinner are not included in the registration fees - everyone will pay individually on the night. Spaces will be limited.

Dinner will be a three-course meal and will cost £25 per person (drinks not included).

The menu options will be provided closer to the date, but if you have any special dietary requirements, please email karen.wetherall@glasgow.ac.uk to let us know.


The 3rd Suicide & Self-harm ECR’s Forum will be held at Wolfson Medical School, in the main campus of the University Of Glasgow (same venue of the 1st ECRF in 2016). It is only a 5 minute walk from the Subway station (Hillhead), and is very close to the University Of Glasgow main building, pubs and restaurants (Byres Road), Kelvingrove Park, and many hotels.

Call for Submissions (adapted from BPS guidelines)*

Presentations will be in the format of a brief 10-minute oral presentation or a poster. Authors can present completed studies or work in progress. This latter type of presentation allows researchers to provide information about, and share their reflections on, work in progress. For all types of presentations, the abstract should have clear and explicit aims and objectives, hypotheses or research questions; methods should be clearly described, with an explicit statement of intended sample characteristics and justification for this; a clear plan of analysis should be outlined, which should make clear how the intended analyses will address the research aims or research question; and the discussion section should clarify the expected or potential implications of the research.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:
  • Find out more about abstract submission guidelines here
  • Please download and use the abstract submission file to prepare your abstract here

Guidelines for the Preparation of Posters:

  • Poster sizes that best fit the boards are A1 or A0. 
  • Please follow the BPS advice for the preparation of posters here.

Closing date for abstract submissions is 1st May 2018, 23:59 (GMT).
Abstracts should be sent to: t.carlos-zortea.1@research.gla.ac.uk (Tiago Zortea). 

*We ask that you avoid using language that may be stigmatising when writing your abstract, poster and slides – you can find more information here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

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