7th Suicide & Self-harm Early & Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF), 15-16 June 2023 Glasgow

Event Description

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is delighted to announce the seventh Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF23), which will be held at the University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre, Glasgow, on 15th and 16th June 2023. EMCRF23 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

Keynote Speakers

Dr Amy Chandler

Amy is a sociologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Health in Social Science, at the University of Edinburgh. She leads a programme of research which draws on sociology and interdisciplinary social science to examine social, cultural and political contexts of suicide and self-harm. This work takes an intersectional approach – grappling with the complex ways that social factors such as gender, class, ethnicity and age shape diverse understandings and practices relating to self-harm and suicide. Her research centres qualitative approaches – including ethnography, interviews and arts-based methods. She has published widely in sociology and suicide studies. Her first book, Self-Injury, Medicine and Society: Authentic Bodies (2016) was awarded two prestigious book prizes. Her second, Explaining Mental Illness: Sociological Perspectives, co-authored with Baptiste Brossard, was published in 2022.  

Professor Stephen Platt

Stephen Platt is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy Research at the University of Edinburgh. He has a longstanding research interest in social, epidemiological and cultural aspects of suicidal behaviour. He is an adviser on suicide prevention research and policy to the Scottish and Irish governments. He co-chairs the Academic Advisory Group to Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and chairs the Steering Group for the Scottish Suicide Information Database (ScotSID). He is an ex-Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), co-chairs the IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on the Development of Effective National Suicide Prevention Strategy and Practice, and leads the IASP flagship Partnerships for Life programme.

Provisional program

Thursday 15th June 2023

12:00 – 13:00 | Registration

13:00 – 13:10 | Welcoming remarks

13:15 – 14:00| Opening Keynote Presentation – Dr Amy Chandler

14:00 – 15:00| EMCR Talks

14:00-14:20 – EMCR Talk 1

14:20-14:40 – EMCR Talk 2

14:40-15:00 – EMCR Talk 3

15:00 – 15:20 | Coffee and networking

15:20 – 16:44 | Oral presentations – Parallel Sessions A & B

19:00 | Dinner TBA

Friday 16th June 2023

09:00 – 09:30 | Registration
09:30 – 09:40 | Promoting international early career groups in suicide & self-harm research: IASP ECG and NetECR
09:40 – 09:55 | Welcoming remarks
09:45 – 10:30 | Keynote Presentation – Prof Stephen Platt
10:30-10:50 | Coffee and networking
10:50-12:02 | Oral presentations – Parallel sessions C & D
12:10-12:55 | Lunch
13:00-13:40 | Panel Discussion
13:40-14:40 | Posters session, coffee and networking
14:40-15:52 | Oral presentations – Parallel sessions E &F
16:00-16:15 | Closing


In Person Registration cost: £50*

Online Registration: £10

Registration deadline: 8th June 2023

Register here

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

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

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 £50. We will provide receipts on the day.

If you are paying your registration by invoice, please email Seonaid Cleare (glasgowwellbeing@gmail.com) the following details:

  • Recipient: To whom the invoice should be issued, including complete address, telephone number and email address.
  • Purchase Order Number.
  • Invoice text (e.g., “Tiago Zortea’s attendance at 6th  Suicide and Self-harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum, 13th and 14th June, 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.

Without those details we will be unable to send you an invoice and your registration will be cancelled.

Refund policy: Refunding requests will only be accepted by Thursday, 8rd June 2023.


We hope to have an informal dinner on Thursday 15th June at 6/7pm venue TBC 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).


We are excited to announce that the 7th Suicide & Self-harm EMCR’s Forum will be held at the University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre.

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:

• Abstracts submission will be via online system: Abstract Submission Page.
• Closing date for abstract submissions is Friday, 14th April 2023, 23:59 (GMT).
• Questions should be sent to: Seonaid Cleare (glasgowwellbeing@gmail.com).

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:

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, 14th April 2023.
Abstract acceptance: Tuesday 16th May 2023.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, 31st May 2023.

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

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