Early Career Researcher Forum


In 2013, the Early Career Researcher Forum (ECRF) was launched by AIIHPC. The Forum currently has over 200 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.


"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"

Stacey Power, Early Career Researcher Forum 

ECRF Members come from over 35 different academic, clinical, charity, service provider and regulatory organisations on the island of Ireland who are interested in palliative care research

Click on ECRF poster for more information.

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 Deborah Muldrew


Ulster University

Dr Serena Fitzgerald


University College Cork

Dr Stacey Power Walsh

Networking Officer

University College Dublin 

Rachel McCauley

Networking Officer

Trinity College Dublin 

Yvonne Muldowney

Communications and Activities Officer

Trinity College Dublin

Carolyn Kyne

Communications and Activities Officer

Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice

Dr Cliona Lorton

General Member

Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services

Dr Aoibheann Conneely

General Member

Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services

Dr Karie Dennehy

General Member

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and St James’s Hospital

Aidan O'Donoghue

General Member

Trinity College Dublin

For further information about the Forum please contact Clodagh O’Donovan, PCRN Project Manager at codonovan@aiihpc.org or the Chair Dr Deborah Muldrew at d.muldrew@ulster.ac.uk.

ECRF Action Plan Summary

ECRF Quarterly Newsletters

17/08/2022  -  ECRF Newsletter Summer 2022

14/04/2022  -  ECRF Newsletter Spring 2022

22/12/2021  -  ECRF Newsletter Winter 2021

25/09/2021  -  ECRF Newsletter Autumn 2021

22/06/2021  -  ECRF Newsletter Summer 2021

25/03/2021  -  ECRF Newsletter Spring 2021

23/12/2020  -  ECRF Newsletter Winter 2020

16/09/2020  -  ECRF Newsletter Autumn 2020

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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