ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods


6-8 November 2019, Barcelona, Spain


Application is now closed. The extended deadline was 18 June 2019.

Good science is all about methods. Moreover, science is nothing more – nothing less – than a method to approach and generate knowledge. Hence, learning the methodology of research is the only way to intimately know a discipline. This is, of course, also true for psychiatry. Being familiar with research methodology will help psychiatrists not only to be able to develop their own research but also to critically understand the literature in the field in order to reach evidence-based clinical practice. 

ECNP is extremely interested in promoting research skills in early career scientists, including clinicians. Early career clinician members of ECNP identified a gap in their training concerning their ability to get top-quality and practical information on how to get started in clinical research. The ECNP Executive Committee therefore decided to start the ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods to fill this gap.

ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods
The ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods aims at introducing early career clinicians (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, etc) into research methodology and to promote a critical thinking approach to the scientific literature that is particularly relevant to clinical practice.

It is a unique opportunity for early career colleagues to become familiar with the scientific method, the key to good practice. A number of international renowned researchers share their professional experiences to this end.

In 2019 the maximum number of participants will be 50.

The three-day workshop will take place at the Hospital Clinic of the University of Barcelona with several practical interactive sessions including issues of interest such as:

• Research in psychopharmacology
• Non-pharmacological research
• How to read and write a scientific paper
• How to start a successful scientific project and career.

The 2019 programme is available:


Application requirements
Application is open to those that are an Early Career Scientist as defined by ECNP.

How to apply
It is no longer possible to apply.

During the application process, applicants are asked to upload the following:
- Copy of ID
- CV
All documents need to be in English.

Registration and accommodation
For those selected, there is no registration fee. Hotel accommodation is offered by ECNP for two nights in a shared room, with breakfast, at a hotel near the workshop venue.

Participants with ECNP experts Celso Arango and Eduard Vieta at the recent ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods that took place in Barcelona 7-9 November 2018

Experiences from the recent workshop:

"I liked that the speakers gave their genuine opinions about the research world and some insider information from their positions as leaders in their fields. These are not things one can learn from a written source."

"I really enjoyed the workshop and thought all the lecturers were amazing at delivering their presentations."

"I have been raving about the workshop to colleagues and friends since getting back!"


The ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods is funded by the ECNP Scholarship and Research Foundation (R&S), a public-interest-serving entity.