Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum 2017

Event Description 

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) 
is pleased to announce the second Suicide and Self-Harm Early Career Researchers’ Forum (ECRF2017) which will take place at the University of Glasgow on 8th and 9th June 2017.  ECRF2017 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 are looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow.

Tiago Zortea

Rory O’Connor

Check out the Twitter archive of 1st Suicide & Self-harm ECR Forum here!


Keynote Speakers 

Professor Ellen Townsend

Ellen is a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham and Principal Investigator leading the Self-Harm Research Group (SHRG). The SHRG researches psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people using a range of techniques including sequence analysis, the Card Sort Task for Self-Harm (CaTS), experiments, questionnaires, epidemiology, interviews and systematic reviews. Ellen’s work has influenced policy - earlier versions of our systematic review of interventions for self-harm were included in the 2011 NICE Guidance on the Longer Term Management of Self-Harm. Professor Townsend also leads a national Clinical Research Group on self-harm funded by the Mental Health Research Network, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health Nottingham, collaborator on the Multicentre Study of Self-Harm in England, and a member of the BPS Expert Panel on the Psychology of Suicidal Behaviour. Ellen’s work is also internationally recognised. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Suicide Research and has recently been awarded a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia which will take place in April 2017.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SelfHarmNotts


Professor Nav Kapur

Nav is Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at the University of Manchester, UK, and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.  He is Head of Research at the Centre for Suicide Prevention in the University of Manchester and leads the suicide work programme of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide which collects data on all suicide deaths among people in contact with health services in the UK.  He was Chair of the Guideline Development Group for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) self-harm guidelines (longer term management) and also chaired the Quality Standards for self-harm.  He is currently chairing the NICE guidelines for depression in adults and is topic expert on the NICE guidelines for suicide prevention in the community.  He is a member of the Department of Health’s (England) National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group. He has published extensively on suicide and self-harm with much of his research focussing on how health services might best contribute to suicide prevention. 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NCISH_UK

Provisional Programme

Thursday, 8th June 2017

13:30-14:00 | Registration and Coffee
14:00-15:30 | ECR Talks: Methodological innovations in suicide research.
15:30-16:00 | Coffee and networking
16:00-17:00 | “Meeting the experts” Panel: Prof Ellen Townsend, Prof Nav Kapur, and Prof Rory O’Connor
19:00 | Dinner 

Friday, 9th June 2017

                09:30-10:00 | Registration and Coffee
                10:00-10:10 | Welcoming remarks
                10:10-10:50 | Opening Keynote Presentation – Prof Ellen Townsend
                10:50-11:15 | Coffee and networking
                11:15-12:40 | Oral presentations - Parallel session 1
                12:40-13:25 | Lunch
                13:25-14:05 | Keynote Presentation – Prof Nav Kapur
                14:05-14:20 | Coffee and networking
                14:20-15:45 | 
Oral presentations - Parallel session 2
                15:45-16:00 | Closing considerations


Registration cost: £30*
Deadline: 22nd May 2017
Register here: https://sbrl-ecrforum2017.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). 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 8th June at 7pm in the 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 is not included in the registration fees - everyone will pay individually on the night. Spaces will be limited.

Dinner will be a 3 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 2nd Suicide & Self-harm ECR’s Forum will be held at Kelvin Hall, one of the most modern venues of the University Of Glasgow. It is only a 5 minute walk from the Subway station (Kelvinhall), and is very close to Kelvingrove Art Gallery, pubs and restaurants (Argyle Street, 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 2017, 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).

Important deadlines:

·         Abstract submission1st May 2017.

·         Event registration: 22 May 2017.

Welcome to Glasgow!

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