Early & Mid-Career Researchers' (EMCR) Forum 2019

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is pleased to announce the fourth Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF19), which will take place at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, on 6th and 7th June 2019. EMCRF19 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 stage of their career to receive the advice and guidance of more senior scientists 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.

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab Team

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

1st #ECRF16: here.
2nd #ECRF17: here.
3rd #EMCRF18: here.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Siobhan O'Neill

Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at
 Ulster University. In 2008 Siobhan coordinated the largest ever study of mental health in Northern Ireland the NI Study of Health and Stress. This study revealed the high proportions of the NI population who had unmet mental health needs and the extent of mental illness associated with the NI conflict. Siobhan is also a coordinator of the NI suicide study, a study of the characteristics of over 1600 suicides and undetermined deaths. Siobhan is a member of the World Mental Health Survey Consortium, and an advisor to several suicide prevention and mental health organisations who provide services and interventions for mental health and suicide prevention. She sits on national and international research committees and has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several ground breaking studies of mental health and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland. Her current research programmes focus on maternal mental health, mental health in school children, and the transgenerational transmission of Troubles related trauma. She is currently involved in studies of mental health in students, the biological basis of mental illness and suicidal behaviour, and suicide crisis line caller behaviour and outcomes.

Prof Keith Hawton

Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University.  For more than forty years he and his research group have been conducting investigations concerning the causes, treatment, prevention and outcome of suicidal behaviour. He has published more than 500 papers and chapters and 15 books. He has received the Stengel Research Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (1995), the Dublin Career Research Award from the American Association of Suicidology (2000), the Research Award of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2002), a Life Achievement Award presented at the European Symposium of Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour (2012), the Morselli Medal from the International Association of Suicide Research, Montreal (2013) and the Finnish Psychiatric Association Medal (2014). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Hawton has a particular interest in epidemiology and clinical management of self-harm, suicide and self-harm in adolescents, media influences on self-harm and evaluation of suicide prevention initiatives.

Provisional Programme

Thursday, 6th June 2019

12:00-12:20 | Registration

12:20-12:25 | Welcoming remarks

12:25-13:25 | EMCR Talks: Methodological innovations in suicide research.

          12:25-12:45 – EMCR Talk 1

          12:45-13:05 – EMCR Talk 2

          13:05-13:25 – EMCR Talk 3

13:30-14:42 | Oral presentations - Parallel Sessions A & B

14:45-15:15 | Coffee and networking

15:15-16:00 | Opening Keynote Presentation – Prof Keith Hawton

18:00 | Dinner at Oran Mór (West End Glasgow)


Friday, 7th June 2019

09:00-09:30 | Registration

09:30-09:40 | Promoting international ECR groups in suicide research: IASP ECG and NetECR

09:40-09:45 | Welcoming remarks – Prof Rory O’Connor

09:45-10:30 | Keynote presentation – Prof Siobhan O’Neill

10:30-10:50 | Coffee and networking

10:50-12:02 | Parallel sessions C & D

12:10-12:55 | Lunch

13:00-13:40 | Panel: Prof Siobhan O’Neill, Prof Keith Hawton, and Prof Rory O’Connor

13:40-14:40 | Coffee, networking and poster presentations

14:40-15:52 | Parallel sessions C & D

16:00-16:15 | Closing considerations and feedback form completion.



Registration cost: £40*

Registration deadline: Friday, 10th May 2019.

Payment options: Credit/debit card, Invoice, or Pay at the door.

Register here: http://emcrf19.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 £40. We will provide receipts on the day.

If you are paying your registration by invoice, please email Tiago Zortea (t.carlos-zortea.1@research.gla.ac.uk) the following details:

  • Recipient: To whom the invoice should be issued, including complete address, telephone number and email address
  • Purchase Order: A PDF copy of the PO issued by the organisation/institution that will pay the invoice.
  • Invoice text included on you PO (e.g., "Tiago Zortea’s attendance at 4th Suicide and Self-harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum, 6th & 7th June 2019, at University of Glasgow, Scotland").
  • Invoice to be emailed to: Email addresses the invoice should be emailed to. 
Without those details we will be unable to send you an invoice and your registration will be cancelled.

Please only include the costs of the registration fee on your Purchase Order. If you plan to attend the informal dinner, the ticket should be bought in cash at the registration desk.

Refund policy: Refunding requests will only be accepted by Friday, 3rd May 2019.

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


We have organised an informal dinner for Thursday 6th June at 6pm 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 buy their dinner ticket at the registration desk. Spaces will be limited (first come, first served).

Dinner will be a three-course meal and will cost £30 per person (drinks not included).


The 4th Suicide & Self-harm EMCR’s Forum will be held at The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, which is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events. The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.

11 Mitchell LaneGlasgow, Scotland G1 3NU.

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.

Abstract Submission:
Guidelines for the Preparation of Posters:
  • Poster sizes that best fit the boards are A1 or A0, vertical layout. 
  • Poster should be brought only on the second day of the event. 
Important Dates:
  • Abstracts submission deadline extended: Monday, 25th March 2019.
  • Abstracts acceptance: Monday, 1st April 2019. 
  • Registration deadline: Friday, 10th May 2019.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

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