Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum 2018

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is pleased to announce the third Suicide and Self-Harm Early Career Researchers’ Forum (ECRF18), which will take place at the University of Glasgow on 7th and 8th June 2018. ECRF18 is open to all working in the field of suicide and self-harm research, but it is specifically targeted at Early 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 ECR Forum will yield opportunities for investigators at an early stage of their career to receive the advice and guidance of more senior scientists in the field and create a supportive context for ECRs 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

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

1st #ECRF16: here!

2nd #ECRF17: here!

Keynote Speakers

Prof Annette Erlangsen

Annette is an Associate Professor and Leader of Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention at the Research Unit of Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA and at the Department of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

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 | ECR 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: Prof Annette Erlangsen, 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 – Prof Annette Erlangsen

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 & Dinner

Information will be available soon.


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.

Find out more about abstract submission guidelines 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)*.

*Please inform in the email the format of your work (oral presentation or poster).


We are looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

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