Early Career Researchers

The Early Career Hallucination Research (ECHR) group is being led by Ben Alderson-Day (Durham, UK) and Cassie Hazell (University of Oxford, UK).

The group is open to anyone who is actively conducting research on hallucinations or unusual sensory experiences and considers themselves to be at an “early career” stage.  The ICHR group has over 50 members based in 14 different countries, and ranges from graduate research assistants through to lecturers in their first permanent position.

The group holds regular online meetings and has a Slack space for group members to share papers, materials, and ideas. We are currently planning our first one-day meeting, which will be taking place in London, UK in November 2018.

Working Groups and Mentoring

Over the years the ICHR Working Groups have involved a number of opportunities for early career researchers, including some groups being organised and led by ECRs. We would really like this to continue for the ICHR meeting in Durham next year (2019), and so would strongly encourage those putting forward Working Group proposals to think about ways of involving early career researchers in their teams.

To facilitate this, the Early Career Hallucination Research Group (ECHR) will be providing a list of early career researchers who have expressed an interest in being involved in a working group, along with a brief summary of each researcher’s interests. Group leaders can then get in touch directly with ECRs who they would like to involve.  This will be available by the time of the Kyoto meeting in October 2018.

 Another way that we would like to support early career researchers in the longer term is to create some form of mentoring scheme within the network. The rough idea would be for senior ICHR members to be paired up with junior researchers starting out in their career, and to offer advice, guidance, and collaboration opportunities. The yearly ICHR meetings could provide a meeting place for mentors and mentees to meet. If you would potentially be interested in acting as a mentor, please let Flavie Waters know (flavie.waters@health.wa.gov.au). If we have enough interest and support, we may look to start the scheme in Kyoto.

If you are keen to get involved or would like more information, please contact Ben Alderson-Day or Cassie Hazell at earlyhallucinations@gmail.com. You can find out who is involved in the ECHR by visiting our ResearchGate page, or following is on Twitter (@echrgroup).