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Mental Health Science Meeting 2019

Registration is now open for our next Mental Health Science Meeting, in London on 7-8 February 2019.

MQ's Mental Health Science Meeting is one of the largest international scientific meetings dedicated solely to mental health science - bringing together experts from around the world to take on the biggest challenges in mental health.

Now in its 5th year, the meeting invites researchers from across disciplines to explore cutting-edge ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness. The theme will be 'Transforming mental health throughout the life course', with symposia looking at loneliness, the intersection of physical and mental health, and self-harm and suicide. 

The 2-day programme includes keynote speeches from leading experts in the field, multidisciplinary symposia, a poster session, short talks by junior researchers and a panel discussion. The event provides a unique opportunity to showcase ideas and develop collaborative research networks. 

Who is it for?

Researchers and experts from all disciplines who have an interest in mental health. We welcome researchers at all stages of their career, as well as other mental health stakeholders, including clinicians, members of the public affected by mental illness, mental health funders and charity and business representatives.

Speakers include:

  • Joshua Gordon, National Institute of Mental Health (keynote)
  • Sonia Johnson, University College London (keynote)
  • Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University (keynote)
  • Jessica Agnew-Blais, King's College London
  • Louise Arseneault, King's College London
  • Bridget Callaghan, Columbia University
  • Sarah Carr, University of Birmingham
  • Bill Fulford, University of Oxford
  • Simon Gilbody, University of York
  • Luc Goossens, KU Leuven
  • Tim Kendall, NHS England
  • Rogier Kievit, University of Cambridge
  • Richard Lindner, University of Kassel
  • Clare Llewellyn, University College London
  • Timothy Matthews, King's College London
  • Becky Mars, University of Bristol
  • Philip Shaw, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Jude Stansfield, Public Health England
  • Andrew Steptoe, University College London
  • Ellen Townsend, University of Nottingham
  • Rory O'Connor, University of Glasgow
  • Pamela Qualter, University of Manchester
  • Ed Whiting, Wellcome Trust

Read the agenda here.

Location: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE

Registration and Prices

The registration cost includes refreshments, lunch, and a reception with drinks and canapés during the poster session. Places are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of early-bird tickets are available. Please note that early bird and standard tickets may sell out before the dates stated below. 

  • Early-bird tickets - until 16 November: £170 both days, £90 one day.
  • Standard tickets - after 16 November or after early-bird sells out: £200 both days, £110 one day.
  • Submissions for posters and travel bursaries close on 16 November.
  • Registration closes on February 1st, 2019. 

Details on how to register can be found here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  

Poster Submission and Travel Bursaries

Through our poster session at the meeting we showcase work from student and early-career researchers. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to present their work in the form of a short oral presentation. Applications for short talks will be reviewed on the basis of the abstract submitted.

This year we have also introduced the ability for a small number of researchers to submit Preregistration Posters at the MHSM. Preregistration posters give the opportunity to submit plans for studies yet to be undertaken, rather than work that has already been completed. During the submission process you will be given the choice of submitting a 'Preregistration poster' or a 'Standard poster'.

The main poster session will take place on Thursday 7 February 2019 and posters will be exhibited over both days of the conference. Poster applicants have one week to confirm their attendance once notified of their application status. 

 A limited number of travel bursaries are available for postgraduate students or early career scientists presenting their work. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please submit your abstract through the registration form before November 16th. 

If your application for a bursary is not successful, and you would no longer like to attend the conference, you have two weeks from being informed of this outcome to apply for a full refund of the registration cost.  

Assisted Places for Service Users and Carers

A limited number of assisted places are available for people affected by mental health problems who are unwaged, self-employed or on low incomes. This includes free registration and travel costs in line with MQ’s travel policies. If you are interested in applying, please email by November 16th. Successful applicants will be drawn from a ballot and notified by email.

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Last updated: 18 January 2019

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