We are delighted to once again be including a special Early Career Researchers (ECR) forum within the IASR-AFSP Summit schedule.

Are you an Early Career Researcher (such as a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, resident, or early stage investigator)? Sign up below to be included in special ECR events including our mentorship program, partnering established scientists with colleagues at an earlier stage in their career. We will make every effort to match people according to interests.

If you are a more senior researcher, we encourage you to sign up below to serve as a Mentor during the Summit.

Mentors and mentees will meet at a special session during the summit at 16:30 CEST (10:30 AM EDT) on Tuesday, October 26.


We look forward to seeing you, even if only virtually this time. In the meantime, feel free to contact us at iasr.ecr@gmail.com with any queries you may have.

Best wishes,

 Olivia Kirtley, PhD
Elizabeth Sublette, MD, PhD

Diego de Leo, MD, PhD

Inaugurated at the 2013 IASR meeting, the forum pairs ECRs with established senior investigators based upon their shared research interests. Mentors and mentees will meet at an afternoon session at 10:30 AM EDT / 4:30 PM CEST on Tuesday, October 26, at which Diego de Leo (Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Griffith University, Brisbane; Director Emeritus of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention) will be giving the ECR keynote talk and passing on his words of wisdom for those starting out in the field of suicidology. As well as our special guest speaker, we have also organized a “Mentoring Across Borders” activity, based around the Summit theme of “suicide prevention without borders”. During this event, ECRs will have the opportunity to meet a variety of senior researchers and fellow ECRs with overlapping interests and interact together in a brief group activity to collaboratively address a key challenge in the field. As always, each ECR will be matched in advance with a specific mentor and will then be able to meet with them later in the conference.

We will also be hosting a Gather Town social meetup during the Summit and will share details of this closer to the time.

Whether you are an Early Career Researcher or a more senior researcher, you are welcome to sign up to participate.

Senior researchers, we encourage you to volunteer to serve as a Mentor during the Summit and to tell your early career colleagues about the program.

Note: You must be registered for this event and the full Summit to attend.