SRIP Conference

City University of London

The 39th SRIP Annual Conference

City University of London

5th and 6th of September 2019

We cover 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

NEW this year:

  • Pre-conference workshop for students and early career researchers from 12-5pm on 4 September on Developing Networks, Skills and Confidence, with an evening social event afterwards. Places are limited so book early!
  • In-conference workshops on advanced research and clinical skills

SRIP Annual Award Keynote speaker:

Parenting Begins before Birth: For Mothers and Children by Professor Catherine Monk

Dr. Catherine Monk is Professor of Medical Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Psychiatry, Director of Research at the Women’s Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Centre, and Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Monk’s research brings together the fields of perinatal psychiatry, developmental psychobiology, and neuroscience to focus on the earliest influences on children’s developmental trajectories — those that happen in utero and how to intervene early to help women and prevent risk for mental health disorders in the future children. Dr. Monk earned her BA at Barnard, her PhD at the City University of New York, and completed her postdoctoral research training in the Psychobiological Sciences in 2000 via a National Institute of Health (NIH) T32 at Columbia University. Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH since she had her first support via the T32 program; she also has received funding from the March of Dimes, Johnson & Johnson, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation.




Conference programme

The SRIP conference 2019 schedule is now available here.

  • 12 April 2019 Deadline for Abstract, Symposia and Workshop submission.
  • 12 May 2019 Notification of whether abstract submissions are accepted.
  • 14 June 2019 Deadline for submission of bursary applications.
  • 30 June 2019 Outcome of bursary applications.
  • 12 July 2019 Deadline for presenters to confirm their attendance.
  • Registration is possible any time prior to the conference.

Conference dates:

  • 4 September 2019 Pre-conference afternoon workshop for graduate students and early career researchers on Developing Networks, Skills and Confidence.
  • 4 September 2019 (evening) Informal pub evening for graduate students and early career researchers.
  • 5 – 6 September 2019 Conference.
  • 5 September 2019 (evening) Conference dinner at De Veres Holborn Bars.
  • 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 14 June 2019.
  • For conference enquiries please email
  • The Conference will be at City University of London from the 5-6 September 2019.
  • A pre-conference afternoon workshop on 4 September 2019  is available for postgraduate students and early career researchers. Places are limited so please book early.
  • Registration costs are:
    One DayBoth DaysBoth days + Conference dinner (includes £10 discount on dinner)
    SRIP Member£100.00£170.00£240.00
    Student Non-Member£140.00£240.00£310.00
    Student Member£75.00£125.00£195.00
    Conference Dinner 5 September 2019£80.00If booked separately
    Pre-conference workshop for postgraduate students and early career researchers 4 September 2019£20.00
  • Accommodation is not provided and will need to be booked separately by delegates.
  • Information on accommodation close to the conference can be found here

Information about conference dinner

Thursday 5th September

De Vere Holborn Bars
138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2SW

Following welcome drinks, a 3-course meal with wine will be served in the Waterhouse Suite. The conference dinner provides a friendly and relaxed environment to network and socialise with colleagues.

Holborn Bars is an inspiring central London venue with a trading and business history dating back to the early 1870s. The building was commissioned by the Prudential Insurance Company and produced by architect Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed the Natural History Museum. Holborn Bars is a striking Grade II listed red brick building featuring fine architectural detailing in Gothic Revival style, with art-deco elements added in the 1930s. Following recent refurbishment, the interior of Holborn bars is a wonderful mix of contemporary and traditional styles with dramatic staircases, ornate ceilings, wood panelling, and grand fireplaces.

The nearest tube station is Chancery Lane on the Central Line. When leaving the station take exit number two and the entrance to Holborn Bars is located approximately 50 meters ahead.

Information about pre-conference workshop

Early Career Researcher Workshop – Developing Networks, Skills and Confidence.

A pre-conference afternoon workshop on 4 September 2019 (12-5pm) is available for postgraduate students and early career researchers.

  • Price is £20 which can be booked alongside registration and when making payment.
  • This workshop is open to Master’s and PhD students, Post Docs, and Research Assistants who will be attending the 39th conference.
  • The workshop aims to provide an opportunity to: network with peers, gain insight from experienced researchers, develop skills, and build confidence.

Places are limited so please book early.

Poster guidelines

The conference will offer a poster prize for the best poster as voted for by conference attendees. First prize will be a cheque for £50 to be presented on the second day of the conference Friday 6th September 2019. Posters must be displayed throughout the conference.

The following criteria apply to all posters:

  • The poster should be no more than ISO paper size A1: 594mm wide x 841mm high (23.4in wide x 33.1in high approx.)*.
  • Portrait format is ESSENTIAL
  • The recommended text font size is no less than 18
  • Posters must be on high quality paper; lamination is optional
  • The poster must be in English

Please consider the visual impact of your poster and accessibility to the range of professionals attending the conference:

  • Ideally your text should take no more than 5 minutes to read and be easily read from approximately one metre
  • There should be a clear title and/or a statement of the research/ evaluation question, acknowledgment of authors and any funding source, a short abstract, a brief outline of the research methods used to collect the information and analysis of the data. If available, a concise list of findings and a summary outlining the implications of the findings should complete the poster
  • The graphics should enhance the text, and both should highlight the most important message/s of the work
  • The text should have a logical flow
  • Handouts are optional

Posters are expected to be displayed by 10.00am on day 1 Thursday 5th September and not removed till the final tea break on day 2 of the conference Friday 6th September. Poster presenters should contact the conference team at the beginning of the conference to be allocated their poster position.

The posters will be mounted on the display boards by sticky backed Velcro and if heavy, additional drawing pins may be use. Fixings will be provided.

The submitted poster abstracts will also be published in an online conference edition of the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.

Poster presenters are responsible for taking away their poster at the end of the conference.

We hope you enjoy presenting at SRIP and look forward to seeing you in September.

* Please note if your poster is too large and exceeds the size of the poster board, you may not be allowed to display it