Call for Plenary Lectures

The 18th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB18) will be committed to promote the active involvement of participants and to boost visibility of new and outstanding findings in the field of suicidology.
For this reason, a call for Plenary Lectures has been issued!

If you are interested in having the opportunity to present at a Plenary Session at ESSSB18, you can submit a proposal that fits with one of the following Plenary Sessions’ themes:

Epidemiology and Public Health actions for suicide prevention – Epidemiology of suicide
– Public Health interventions for suicide prevention
Biopsychosocial determinants and expressions of suicidality – Genetic and Epigenetic factors of suicidality
– Neurobiological factors of suicidality
– Psychological factors of suicidality
Role of digital and traditional media in suicide – Social media and suicidality
– Traditional media and suicidality
– Internet use and suicidality
Suicide prevention across the lifespan and across genders – Suicide prevention for youth
– Suicide prevention in the elderly
– Gender differences in suicide
– Gender specific interventions
Culture and suicide – Migration and suicide
– Religious and spiritual aspects of suicide
– Sociological and anthropological aspects of suicide
Traditional and novel approaches to treatment and interventions for suicidal behaviour – Treatment of suicidality
– Digital health treatments and interventions
– Suicide risk assessment
– Postvention

Proposals will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee according to the following criteria:

  • Importance of proposed subject matter;
  • Originality and innovation of findings;
  • Applicant’s presentation skills, experience and potential for interactive audience participation.

To enable a better evaluation of the proposals, applicants are required to provide two referees. The referees should be able to comment on the proposal’s significance and on the applicant’s abilities to hold a plenary presentation. Applicants may also share links to videos of previous presentations. If needed, applicants may be requested to participate in conference calls with members of the Scientific Committee in order to discuss their proposal.

If successful, your presentation will be included in one of the ESSSB18 Plenary Sessions. The Scientific Committee aims at including one presentation selected from this call in each session (six in total). However, a final decision will be dependent on the quality of the submissions.
As a Plenary Speaker you will be entitled to free registration to the conference and to two nights of hotel accommodation.

For more information about the submission’s procedures, please see the “Guidelines for submission“.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please do not hesitate to contact


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