A new year – a new round of blog posts to look forward to!

Happy new year everybody! We hope you had a great start to 2017 and that this year will bring you much happiness.

We’re pleased to annouce that our first blog post for 2017 is already online. This contribution comes from Dr Pooja Saini, a researcher at the University of Liverpool. Pooja’s work explores the role of general practitioners (GPs) in suicide prevention in the UK, and her post describes some of the support that is (or is not) available to GPs regarding this issue.

Beyond that, we’ve also got a great line-up of posts. In February, Stefanie Helmer (Germany) will write about her recent experience of a internship at the Prevention unit of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon, while in March, Sanela Talić (Slovenia) will share with us some initial thoughts concerning her doctoral research project exploring quality standards and their use in practice.

Moving on to summer, we’ll have posts on alcohol use among University students as well as on parties without alcohol, and we’ll also read some personal accounts of what it means to be an early-career preventionist today. Just in time for our annual conference (details to be announced soon!) we’ll also post a “how to” guide for first-time chairs at scientific conferences, based on our own experiences of chairing parallel sessions.

Thanks to all the Members of the Early Careers Forum of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) who brought the blog alive in 2016, and to all the Members who have signed up to contribute posts in 2017. I hope you find this experience useful and enriching.

Finally, let me emphasise that this blog would not be possible without the support of the editorial team. Over the last year, Kimberley Hill and Aniek van Herwaarden have done a great job reviewing posts and providing feedback to authors. Sadly, our term is ending this year and so we are looking to hand over our duties to “fresh faces” over the next couple of months.

It therefore gives me great pleasure to anounce that Larissa Maier from Zurich, Switzerland, has recently joined our editorial team for the EUSPR Early Careers Forum blog. You will be able to find out more about Larissa and some aspects of her work in May’s blog post. Thank you very much Larissa for joining and supporting us!!

Interested in writing a blog or joining our editorial team? Please do! The next formal call for blog posts will be issued in summer 2017, and an announcement with further details concerning editorial work on the blog will be posted soon on this site. In the mean time, if you’d like to find out more about the EUSPR Early Careers Forum and sign up to our mailing list, please visit our site at euspr.org. You can also contact me at a.brotherhood@ljmu.ac.uk for more information on how to become an active member of the Forum or if you have any other comments or suggestions regarding our work.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading Pooja’s post today and will come back for future posts.

On behalf of the EUSPR Early Careers Forum editorial team,

Angelina Brotherhood (Editor-in-Chief)
Doctoral student at the University of Vienna, Austria


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