SRIP Conference 2020

University of Chester

The Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology 41st International Conference in September 2021 will combine presentations from the cancelled 2020 conference as well as submissions accepted for 2021. The Scientific Committee would like to invite you to submit an abstract for our conference in 2021.Showcase your research to an international audience and contribute toward discussions that will shape future research and healthcare. We are inviting abstracts for oral or poster presentations, symposia or workshops. Abstract submissions will open in January 2021.

Submissions are welcome from all areas of reproductive and infant health including:

  • Reproductive health & behaviour
  • Infertility and assisted reproduction
  • The transition to parenthood
  • Perinatal mental health & wellbeing
  • Fathers/partners wellbeing
  • Parent/infant interaction
  • Positive psychology and resilience
  • Innovation in treatment and services

SRIP Lecturer Award 2020

Professor Alan Stein

Alan Stein is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and Honorary professor in the School of Public health at the University of Witwatersrand. South Africa. His main area of research concerns the development of children and adolescents in the face of adversity. His group is interested in a range of adversities which might potentially affect children’s development including, parental physical illness (HIV, COVID and cancer), parental psychological disorders (depression, anxiety and eating disorders) as well as poverty and malnutrition. A key aspect of this work is to elucidate the mechanisms underlying child and adolescent development and to identify risk and protective processes. Ultimately the priority is to develop interventions, especially in resource limited settings. More recently this has involved the use of digital technology. He has led three Lancet series on: Perinatal Mental Health (with Louise Howard), The Mental Health of Refugee and Internally Displaced Children; and The Communication of Life-Threatening Conditions to Children.

2020 Prize Winners

Dr Emma E. Jones – Doctoral Prize Winner

Emma has worked in the Civil Service for over 20 years. Having earned her BA in Combined Studies and a PG Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Film at Newcastle University, she subsequently focussed her attention on science and attained a PG Diploma in Psychology at the University of Sunderland. Under the supervision of Dr Rosalind Crawley, Emma completed her PhD with the University of Sunderland in January 2020. Her research explores the myriad ways that bereaved parents develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with their stillborn baby, and considers how aspects of parents’ continuing bonds experience may facilitate coping. She is keen to pursue further research into the therapeutic potential of nature following perinatal loss. Emma has also worked as part of an interdisciplinary research group exploring health professionals’ views of stillbirth management (funded by the University of Sunderland and the British Maternal and Fetal Medical Society).

Mr Sergio A.Silverio – Masters Prize Winner

Sergio A. Silverio is an academic Psychologist whose work can be best described as that of ‘Medical Psychology’. Having graduated in 2016 from the University of Liverpool with a Master’s in Psychological Sciences (Clinical & Health Psychology), he subsequently read for a Master’s in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology at Brunel University London, graduating in 2019.  Sergio maintains a primary research focus in women’s mental health over the lifecourse and has a particular interest in qualitative methods.  He was recently promoted to the unique role of Research Associate in Social Science of Women’s Health at the Department of Women & Children’s Health, King’s College London; where he is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of qualitative research provision; as well as leading his own portfolio of research.

Abstracts can be submitted for:

  • Oral presentation or poster
  • Symposia
  • Workshops

Oral presentations or posters are brief presentations of research. We require a structured abstract that includes Title, Background, Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. To submit an oral presentation or poster click here.

Symposia consist of a 1-hour session with 4 or 5 presentations on a particular topic. We require an abstract for the overall symposium theme, as well as abstracts for each presentation within them. To submit a symposium click here.

Workshops are 2-hour sessions aimed at improving clinical skills or research skills in specific areas of reproductive and infant health. They will usually involve 1 or 2 presenters but up to 5 are possible. We require names of the presenter(s) involved and an abstract for the workshop which includes Title, Aims, Content, and Learning Outcomes. To submit a workshop click here.

If an abstract, workshop or symposia is accepted, the presenting author(s) must attend the Conference to present. The presenting author will be required to register for the Conference by July 31, 2021 in order to have the abstract acceptance confirmed. If a presenting author is not registered by July 31, 2021, the Scientific Committee will remove the abstract from the program

  • Updated deadlines and dates will be provided next year.

Conference dates:

  • Updated conference dates will be provided next year.
  • Abstracts for oral presentations, posters and symposia should contain new information that has not been published before.
  • We strongly discourage submission of abstracts that contain incomplete data and/or analysis.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in  English.
  • Specify all abbreviations in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Use the abbreviation thereafter.
  • Check abstract thoroughly for spelling and grammar.
  • Do not include references.
  • Abstract presenters who are not bursary recipients will be required to fund in full their own attendance at the Conference (including Conference registration, travel and accommodation expenses).
  • All accepted and presented abstracts will be published online by the Society’s Journal: The Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology.
  • Bursaries are available for students, early career researchers and NHS staff to attend the Conference. If you would like to apply for a Bursary please see bursary information on the Funding page for further details. The deadline for applying for a Bursary is 20 April 2021.
  • For conference enquiries please email
  • Updated information and registration costs will be provided next year.
  • Registration costs are:
One DayBoth DaysConference package incl 1-night university accommodation + dinner**
SRIP Member£100.00£170.00£270.00
Student Member£75.00£125.00£225.00

Conference Dinner  8 September 2020

£45.00If booked separately
Pre-conference workshop for postgraduate students and early career researchers 7  September 2020£30.00
Monday night (7th) University Accommodation (for ECR delegates and committee members)

1-night University Accommodation for conference delegates *

Monday (7th) dinner on campus





2021 SRIP Conference Dinner


Information about Early Career Researcher workshops

Early Career Researcher Workshop – Emotional Wellbeing 

The second virtual ECR event will be held on Wednesday 27th January 2020 at 9-11am (London Time). This is the second of a series of online SRIP early career researcher (ECR) workshops. This workshop will be looking at looking after our own mental health and wellbeing as researchers, looking at factors such as imposter syndrome; how to cope when researching an emotive topic; where to get support; and how to enjoy a PhD not merely survive it.

This workshop is free to SRIP members ( and you can book your place by emailing 

There will be another two virtual ECR events as follows:

  • April 2021 – Writing and Publishing
  • July 2021 – Career Progression

What participants at the SRIP early career workshop 2019 enjoyed;

“The social lunch which was a great way to meet people in a relaxed environment. Really enjoyed and found it both useful and interesting.”

“The personal experiences of other graduate students, to hear what PhD trajectories in other countries look like, networking in a more informal situation.”

“As part of the organising committee, taking part in the workshop was a great experience. Having a friendly space to share ideas and explore new perspectives was as great start to the 2019 SRIP conference.”

  • Workshops are open to Master’s and PhD students, Post Docs, and Research Assistants who are members of SRIP.
  • Membership is £20 for students and £40 for others
Membership Enquiries

Dr Nicola Carone
Developmental Psychology
University of Pavia

General Enquiries

Dr Caroline Lafarge
School of Human and Health Sciences
University of West London