Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum 2020 (EMCRF20)

COVID-19 pandemic
In light of the escalation of Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Early and Mid-Career Researchers' Forum scheduled for June 2020.  However, all being well, we'll be back with the Forum in June 2021.

We will post updates on the SBRL website (suicideresearch.info) and social media (Twitter: @suicideresearch; Facebook: Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab).

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF20), which will take place at The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, on 11th and 12th June 2020. The EMCRF20 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 are looking 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.
    4th #EMCRF19: here.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ann John

Ann is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales. Prior to this she was a General Practitioner. She has a research focus on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health. Ann leads SID-Cymru, an electronic database of over 5000 people who died by suicide or undetermined death in Wales. She leads the MQ funded Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform and chairs the National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm prevention to Welsh Government. She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. Ann leads a research programme with a focus on mental health data science leading a cross disciplinary team of data scientists, engineers, computer scientists, psychologists, qualitative researchers and clinicians. She is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. She is co-director of the Cochrane satellite for suicide and self-harm prevention and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Learned Society for Wales.

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, MD, PhD, is an associate professor and head of the Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His team has coined the Papageno effect which describes suicide-protective potentials of media reporting. He has published more than 100 articles in the area of suicide prevention and has received several grants for his research on media effects. He is currently board member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, co-chair of IASP’s Media & Suicide Special Interest Group, and chairman of the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research, the interdisciplinary platform of suicide researchers in Austria (http://www.suizidforschung.at).

Provisional Programme 

Thursday, 11th June 2020

        12:00-12:20 | Registration
        12:20-12:25 | Welcoming remarks - 
Prof. Rory O’Connor
        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 | Keynote Presentation – Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
        18:00 | Dinner at Oran Mór (West End Glasgow)

Friday, 12th June 2020

        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. Ann John
        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. Ann John, Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, 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, 8th May 2020.

Payment options: Credit/debit card, Invoice, or Pay at the door.
Register here: http://emcrf20.eventbrite.com

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 (Tiago.Zortea@glasgow.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 5th Suicide and Self-harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum, 11th & 12th June 2020, at University of Glasgow, Scotland").
  • Invoice to be emailed to: Include the 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 Monday, 11th May 2020.

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


We have organised our traditional informal dinner for Thursday 11th 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 registration 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 EMCRF20 will be held at Wolfson Medical School, in the main campus of the University of Glasgow (same venue of the 1st and 3rd editions of the event in 2016 and 2018). 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. 

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: Monday, 6th April 2020.
  • Abstracts acceptance: Monday, 13th April 2020. 
  • Registration deadline: Friday, 8th May 2020.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow! 

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