ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods

20-22 November 2024, Barcelona, Spain

ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods

Good science is all about methods. Moreover, science is nothing more – nothing less – than a method to approach and generate knowledge. Hence, learning the methodology of research is the only way to intimately know a discipline. This is, of course, also true for psychiatry. Being familiar with research methodology will help psychiatrists not only to be able to develop their own research but also to critically understand the literature in the field in order to reach evidence-based clinical practice.

ECNP is extremely interested in promoting research skills in Early Career Scientists, including clinicians. Early career clinician members of ECNP identified a gap in their training concerning their ability to get top-quality and practical information on how to get started in clinical research. The ECNP Executive Committee therefore decided to start the ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods to fill this gap.

Aim of the Workshop
This workshop aims at introducing early career clinicians (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, etc) into research methodology and to promote a critical thinking approach to the scientific literature that is particularly relevant to clinical practice.

It is a unique opportunity for 50 early career colleagues to become familiar with the scientific method, the key to good practice. A number of international renowned researchers share their professional experiences to this end. 

The three-day workshop will take place at the Hospital Clinic of the University of Barcelona with several practical interactive sessions including issues of interest such as:

  • Research in psychopharmacology
  • Non-pharmacological research
  • How to read and write a scientific paper
  • How to start a successful scientific project and career 

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Application requirements
Application is open to those that are an Early Career Scientist as defined by ECNP.

How to apply
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During the application process you will be asked to state why you would like to attend this ECNP Workshop and what your career intentions are (max. 250 words).

You will also be asked to upload the following:

  • Copy of passport/identity card
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

All documents need to be in English.

The deadline to apply is 20 June 2024 at 23.59 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Registration and accommodation
For those selected, there is no registration fee. Hotel accommodation is offered by ECNP for two nights in a shared room, with breakfast, at a hotel near the workshop venue. 

CDE Travel Subsidy
ECNP offers a CDE Travel Subsidy to participants resident in a European country with a developing economy (CDE*). This subsidy aims to support participants with their travel expenses for workshop. The CDE Travel Subsidy should be requested via e-mail, the deadline to do this is 20 June 2024.
*CDE-countries within Europe are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Türkiye, Ukraine.

ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods   Eduard Vieta at the ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods  

Participants and Eduard Vieta at the ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods 2023.

Experiences from previous Workshops

"Thank you so much for having allowed me the wonderful opportunity of attending the workshop on clinical research methods. I greatly enjoyed the interactive and inspiring lectures and going sightseeing in the beautiful city of Barcelona."

"The discussed topics were cohesive and relevant for early career scientists. All speakers were very engaging and accessible and each talk provided relevant insights. I especially enjoyed professor Vieta’s workshop on Clinical Trials due to the interactive nature, the pace and the surprising message behind each presented figure. The program was packed with workshops, but there was a sufficient amount of breaks in-between."

"Everything around the workshop regarding the organization was perfect (e.g. communication, meals, hotel, lecture room). Especially the generous dinner was beyond expectations. Concerning the lectures, I really appreciated the lectures by Prof. Vieta, and Norma Verdonlini. In my opinion, they were two speakers, that encouraged the audience the most, to actively contribute to the discussion. For me it was also very interesting to see the psychiatric ward of the clinic in Barcelona. Also, I found it very interesting to learn about the working conditions in other European countries, especially eastern Europe. It made me appreciate my workplace in Germany a lot more, so thank you for inviting participants from all over Europe."

"Thank you very much for this wonderful organisation and experience. Thank you for having accepted my application. I have really enjoyed the lectures and the exchange with other international participants."

"I found the scientific content of the Workshop very useful for my professional career. I would definitely suggest my colleagues to participate in this Workshop in the future."

“Across the three days I had the privilege to listen and talk to some of the top researchers in psychiatry. What an experience it has been!! ” 

Previous Workshops
Visit our history page for more info about our past ECNP Workshops.

The ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods is funded by the ECNP Scholarship and Research Foundation (R&S), a public-interest-serving entity.