Early & Mid-Career Researchers’ (EMCR) Forum 2022

Event Description 

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is pleased to announce the sixth Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF22), which will be held at the University of Glasgow’s St Andrews Building, Glasgow, on 13th and 14th June 2022. EMCRF22 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 EMCR Forums:

Keynote Speakers

Dr Katrina Witt

Dr Katrina Witt is an NHMRC emerging leader based at Orygen and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Senior Editor for the Cochrane Collaboration, UK. Dr Witt has worked in the field of suicide prevention for nine years and her innovative and award-winning program of work focuses on the prevention of self-harm and the establishment of sentinel surveillance systems for monitoring population trends in self-harm and suicide worldwide. In this capacity, she has sat on the academic advisory committee for the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in Victoria, Australia and has provided expert advice to the World Health Organization. She was awarded the 2019 Andrej Marušič Early Career Researcher award from the International Association of Suicide Prevention in recognition of her research.

Professor David Gunnell

Professor Gunnell is a world-leading epidemiologist and public health physician based at University of Bristol. His research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour from an epidemiological and population health perspective and is characterised by a detailed interest in understanding life-course influences on adult mental health and suicide. Over the last 2 years Professor Gunnell has been leading the International COVID-19 suicide prevention research collaboration (ICSPRC). Professor Gunnell has extensive international collaborations where his work has contributed to capacity building and suicide-reduction strategies. His research is widely used and cited in national and international prevention strategies and he has been an invited member of two WHO suicide prevention strategy groups. Professor Gunnell’s research has led to the introduction of UK and global prevention initiatives, including restricting access to toxic pesticides, the erection of barriers on popular suicide locations and recommendations about anti-depressant prescribing.

Provisional Programme 

Monday 13th June 2022

12:00-13:00 | Registration
13:00-13:10 | Welcoming remarks
13:15-14:00 | Opening Keynote Presentation – Dr Katrina Witt
EMCR Talks: Methodological innovations in suicide research
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
15:20-16:40 | Oral presentations – Parallel Sessions A & B
18:00 | Dinner venue TBC

Tuesday 14th June 2022

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 David Gunnell
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 Discussion
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.


In Person Registration cost: £40*

Online Registration: £10

Registration deadline: 6th June 2022.

Payment options: Credit/debit card, Invoice, or Pay at the door.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/EMCRF22

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 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 Friday, 3rd June 2022.

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


We hope to have an informal dinner on Monday 13th June at 6pm 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).


The 6th Suicide & Self-harm EMCR’s Forum will be held at the University of Glasgow’s St Andrews Building.

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 done be made via online system: Abstract Submission Page.
  • Closing date for abstract submissions is Monday, 16th May 2022, 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:

  • Abstracts submission deadline: Monday, 16th May 2022.
  • Abstracts acceptance: Wednesday, 18th May 2022.
  • Registration deadline: Monday, 30th May 2022.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

Video of Glasgow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca-i_xBAbVc



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