Early Career Group

The Early Career Group (ECG) provides a forum where group members can network with peers and experts alike, engaging in international research and interventions in the area of suicide prevention. Early career researchers, clinicians, healthcare and related professionals play a key role suicide prevention and the activities of IASP. Furthermore, the ECG community will contribute to the sustainability and effectiveness of suicide prevention strategy and action in the future.

The objectives of the ECG are to:

  1. Encourage and provide a platform for knowledge exchange between ECG members and experts in suicidology.
  2. Encourage and develop collaboration and networking between members nationally and internationally.
  3. Provide information to members on available career-related opportunities, including jobs, conferences and funding.
  4. Actively participate at IASP and other conferences in the area of suicide prevention.
  5. Connect group members with Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in their area of interest.

Highlights of 2020 from the IASP Early Career Group

  • Our Task Force on Registered Reports, led by ECG co-chairs implemented Registered Reports at Crisis, making Crisis the first specialist suicide research journal to take this important step towards greater transparency.
  • Our Task Force on ECR mental health and wellbeing, co-led by Dr Nicole Hill and Eleanor Bailey, conducted a survey with more than 200 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) worldwide to find out more about their experiences and the challenges they face.
  • During World Suicide Prevention Month 2020, the ECG organised an online hackathon session entitled ‘Reshape your research and reset your mind: Tips for ECRs during COVID-19’. During the hackathon, a group of ECGs worked collaboratively to identify the key challenges facing ECRs during the COVID-19 pandemic and to consider potential solutions to these. Plans are currently underway to take these discussions further and produce support resources for ECRs.
  • In collaboration with the congress organising committee, the ECG co-chairs are currently planning a stimulating programme of activities for ECRs at the 2021 IASP World Congress in Gold Coast.

What we do

We endeavor to engage with other early career persons to provide them with:

  1. A mail out with news on IASP activities and upcoming events well as announcements on upcoming conferences and available funding or job opportunities
  2. A periodic edition of our ECG newsletter-Engage
  3. The unique opportunity to work with and support an SIG Chair as an SIG Assistant
  4. The opportunity to contribute to ongoing task specific pieces of work by the group
  5. The opportunity to contribute to the IASP ECG newsletter and mail outs
  6. A forum for colleagues and peers to network with each other and experts in the area.

How do we do it?

If you join our group we will connect with you via our e-newsletter, our regular mail outs to all members, our work with SIG Chairs and our webinars with experts in the area of suicide prevention as well as social media.

To get a taster of our periodic IASP ECG members only newsletter we have a sneak peak of one segment in one of our editions! In this piece Professor Murad Khan, IASP Past President, has some excellent career advice for early career researchers in the area of suicide prevention: Career Advice from Prof Murad Khan

About Us

The ECG is operated by three co-chairs – Dr. Caroline Daly, Dr. Olivia Kirtley, Dr. Tiago Zortea, all of whom are early career researchers working in the area of suicide prevention.

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