Early Career Researcher Forum

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In 2013, the Early Career Researcher Forum (ECRF) was launched by AIIHPC in collaboration with the Irish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC). The Forum currently has over 90 members and provides members 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 the island of Ireland. The Institute supports the ECRF by facilitating national and international collaboration, resource sharing, capacity building, and knowledge transfer. We provide regular updates to members on funding and career development opportunities.

The forum is constantly expanding and we want even more researchers to join and benefit from this collaborative community of peers. There are no membership criteria to join the ECRF; members are researchers or clinicians from any discipline who consider themselves in the early- to mid-stages of their research career in palliative and end of life care.


"provides an environment for support, advice and signposting…Some of the challenges for early career researchers in palliative care in Ireland…include securing opportunities to network with key experienced researchers in the field to benefit from their expertise and to also establish collaborations for future research studies."

Dr Helen Kerr, Early Career Researcher Forum 

The ECRF Steering Committee is responsible for agreeing the overall aims, objectives, and key outcomes for the Forum, alongside developing a research capacity building activities plan. The Committee meets regularly. The current members of the Steering Committee are:




Dr Bridget Johnston


Trinity College Dublin

Mary Nevin


Trinity College Dublin

Dr Cliona Lorton

Membership Officer

Trinity College Dublin and Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services

Dr Deborah Muldrew

Communications and Activities Officers (joint)

Ulster University

Dr Serena Fitzgerald

Communications and Activities Officers (joint)

University College Cork

Dr Helen Kerr


Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Loreena Hill


Queen’s University Belfast

For further information about the Forum, please contact the Chair, Dr Bridget Johnston bjohnst@tcd.ie or Project Manager, Dr. Jackie Boylan, jboylan@aiihpc.org

Join the ECRF

To apply to join the forum please fill out our application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGXBZXX

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  • Early Career Researcher Forum Webinar - Answering the ‘so what’ question: Tips for writing up qualitative research for publication - Download the presentation

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