ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods

ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods

8-10 November 2023, Barcelona, Spain 

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 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.

In 2023 the maximum number of participants is 50.

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 was open to those that are an Early Career Scientist as defined by ECNP.

How to apply
It is no longer possible to apply. The deadline was 21 June 2023.

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

You were also be asked to upload the following:

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

All documents need to be in English.

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.

ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods 2022   ECNP Workshop in Barcelona 2022   Celso Arango and Eduard Vieta

Participants of the ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods 2021 and 2022; Celso Arango and Eduard Vieta at the Workshop in 2022.

Experiences from previous Workshops

"I really liked the interactive nature of many of the talks. The opportunity to have discussions with leading experts in such a small and interactive setting was fantastic."

"I was quite surprised by how open the lecturers were to help with the particular obstacles I have in research. I have received important pieces of advice, suggestions, and personal contacts in case of future needed help."

"I am grateful to attend such an organised and structured workshop in a way that every scientist from every level could learn more and broaden their perspectives. For us, the young scientists who are in the beginning of their career path, It was a great chance to learn the basics and more. I also love that we had chances to ask our questions and join the interactive sessions."

"The things I liked the most were the high professionalism, the opportunity to meet with such a prominent names in the psychiatry field and to get inspiration from them about future research work. The chance to embrace more critical thinking in dealing with scientific papers was another great lesson!.

"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.