Early & Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum

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 (EMCRF21), which will take place online (via Zoomon 17th and 18th June 2021. The EMCRF21 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 Forum 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.

Check out the Twitter archive of previous Suicide & Self-harm EMCR 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.

Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

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 17th (Afternoon) & Friday 18th (Morning) June 2021

Thursday, 17th June 2021

13:00-13:10 | Welcoming remarks – Prof. Rory O’Connor
13:10-13:40 | Keynote presentation – Prof. Ann John
         13:40-13:55 | Q&A
14:00-14:30 | Break
14:30-15:30 | Oral presentations – Parallel Sessions A & B & C & D*
                        *5 presentations per session (10min presentation + 2min Q&A)
15:30-16:30 | Break 
16:30-17:30 | Panel with keynote speakers chaired by Prof. Rory O’Connor

Friday, 18th June 2021

09:00-09:10 | Welcoming remarks – Prof. Rory O’Connor
09:10-09:40 | Keynote presentation – Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
         09:40-09:55 | Q&A
10:00-10:30 | Break
10:30-11:30 | Oral presentations – Parallel Sessions E & F & G & H*
                        *5 presentations per session (10min presentation + 2min Q&A)


Registration cost: Free participation [Limited places – first come first system]
Registration deadline: Monday, 7th June 2021.
How to register: Registrations are now closed.

Call for Submissions (adapted from BPS guidelines)

Presentations will be in the format of a brief 10-minute oral presentation only. 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 made via an online system only: Submissions are now closed.
  • Deadline for abstract submissions: Monday 24th May 2021, 23:59 (BST). 
  • Abstract acceptance: Tuesday, 1st June 2021.
  • Contact with delegates on their submission will only be made after the abstract submission deadline. Hence, do not expect a confirmation email right after submitting your abstract, please. Thanks.
  • Queries should be sent to: Tiago Zortea (Tiago.Zortea@glasgow.ac.uk). 

Important Dates:

  • Abstracts submission deadline: Monday 24th May 2021, 23:59 (BST). 
  • Abstracts acceptance: Tuesday, 1st June 2021.
  • Registration deadline: Monday, 7th June 2021.

Registrations are now closed.



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