We are pleased to announce that the next ICHR biennial meeting will take place in Durham, on 11–13 September 2019, and will be hosted by Professor Charles Fernyhough, Drs Angela Woods and Ben Alderson-Day, and the Hearing the Voice (HtV) team.

The format will be as follows:

  • Weds 11 Sept (day 1): public multidisciplinary day on voice-hearing, to which we expect working group, the public and other interested parties to attend
  • Thurs 12 and Fri 13 Sept (days 2 and 3): meeting of ICHR working groups (working group members and by invitation only)

As with previous ICHR biennial meetings, we invite new proposals for work groups.  Please note you can submit a working group proposal for the ICHR meeting in September 2019 (Durham), or for the next round (2021).

In Durham, Days 2 and 3 of the meeting will comprise a mixture of presentations from existing and new working groups (work in progress, or final reports).

Working group themes must (1) relate to voices, visions, other hallucinations, or a related experience, (2) present a significant development and advance in concept, and (3) have translational implications into important outcomes in science or clinical practice.

The groups are expected to: (i) develop and submit a project proposal addressing all of the ICHR working group criteria, (ii) identify a group leader whose responsibility entails taking the project to completion, (iii) work together on the defined project within a 12 months to 4 year period (iv) present their completed work (or provide an update on progress) at a biennial ICHR meetings, and (v) work together towards a manuscript for publication or report.

We are particularly keen for working groups to be collaborative and multidisciplinary (encompassing the humanities and social sciences as well as psychological, clinical and neurobiological disciplines).

The number of working groups is typically limited to 10. However, the number of contributors within a group does not have a limit. Groups should ideally include individuals with lived experience and early career researchers (ECRs).

Please send a brief project scope (max 2 page) via email to Flavie Waters by 31 January 2019 (for round 1), or January 2021 (for round 2).

Additional information about criteria, roles and responsibilities, timeline, publications, etc can be found on the website.  For all other queries, please contact a member of the ICHR Committee.

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