Early Career Researcher Forum

The Early Career Researcher Forum (ECRF) was launched by AIIHPC in 2013, and has over 220 members, providing them with opportunities to access peer and mentor support, develop links with senior researchers, participate in capacity building workshops, and share knowledge across disciplines.

The Forum, which is multidisciplinary in nature, is central to the Institute’s aim of fostering a strategic approach to palliative care research and knowledge development on our shared island. ECRF members come from over 60 different academic, clinical, charity, service provider, and regulatory organisations on the island of Ireland who are interested in palliative care research. The Institute supports the ECRF by facilitating national and international collaboration, capacity building, and knowledge transfer. We provide monthly updates to members on funding and career development opportunities, along with upcoming events and recent publications.

We welcome researchers to join and benefit from this collaborative community of peers. The ECRF is open to anyone based on the Island of Ireland who is interested in palliative care research. Membership is diverse and includes researchers, health and social care professionals, and policy makers from any discipline who consider themselves in the early to mid-stages of their research career within palliative and end of life care. (They may be senior researchers within other areas.)

For further information about the Forum please contact Jane Clare, AIIHPC PCRN Project Manager at jclare@aiihpc.org.

Join the ECRF

To join the forum please fill out our registration form: Here

ECRF membership benefits:

“Research can be a lonely and frightening place when starting off. The ECRF facilitates networking opportunities with both early and experienced researchers carrying out research related to all aspects of palliative care. This offers a platform for collaboration in future research studies to flourish. The ECRF also creates learning opportunities and offers support and guidance through their interactive research webinars, in response to the learning needs of their members”
– Dr Stacey Power Walsh, Early Career Researcher Forum Steering Committee

The ECRF Steering Committee

This Committee in collaboration with AIIHPC is responsible for agreeing the overall aims, objectives, and key outcomes for the Forum in consultation with ECRF members, alongside developing a research capacity building activities plan. The Committee meets quarterly.

ECRF Steering Committee Members list is available here.

Dr Serena Fitzgerald, UCC - Steering Committee Chair
Dr Kumaresan Cithambaram, DCU - Steering Committee Vice Chair
L-R: Kasia Patynowska Acting ECRF Committee Chair, Nipuna Thanaman ECRF member, Yvonne Muldowney Acting ECRF Committee Vice Chair

This Committee in collaboration with AIIHPC is responsible for agreeing the overall aims, objectives, and key outcomes for the Forum in consultation with ECRF members, alongside developing a research capacity building activities plan. The Committee meets quarterly.

ECRF Steering Committee Members list is available here.

ECRF Quarterly Newsletters