ISSS 2020 – Virtual Conference

Welcome to the ISSS 2020 Virtual Conference! Although not how we envisioned meeting, we are delighted to still be able to share this content with you.

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Virtual Conference Links and Schedule

Live Content
*Recordings of addresses and panel presentations will be made available after their conclusions. All times listed are Vienna local time (GMT+2). How do I convert to my local time zone? 

26 June Event (Zoom Info)
13:00-14:00 Special Interest Group: Ecological Momentary Assessment
14:30-15:00 Welcome/Introduction
15:00-16:00 Keynote: Dr. Barent Walsh

When Art Meets Suicide: The Sad Trajectories of Vincent Van Gogh and Diane Arbus 
16:00-16:45 Expert Panel: Careers in NSSI
16:45-17:15 "Happy Hour"
27 June Event (Zoom Info)
12:00-12:45 Rapid Poster Presentations
13:00-14:00 Special Interest Group Meetings:
  • Neurobiology
  • Stigma
14:00-15:30 Annual General Meeting & Awards Announcement
15:30-16:15 Rising Star Presentation & Address: Dr. Brooke Ammerman
16:15-16:30 Concluding Remarks

Pre-Recorded Content

ISSS 2020 Pre-Conference Schedule Announced

The ISSS 2020 pre-conference will be held on 25 June 2020 at the Van Swieten Hall of the Medical University of Vienna. The pre-conference schedule is as follows:


  • [09:00-15:00] Clinical preconference (in German)
  • [09:00-17:00] International Consortium on Self-injury in Educational Settings (ICSES) – all welcome 
  • [09:00-12:00] Student interest group (for all students and early-career researchers) 
  • [13:00-18:00] Neurobiology interest group – all welcome                       
  • [13:00-18:00] Ecological Momentary Assessment interest group – all welcome
  • [13:00-17:00] Stigma/ lived experience interest group –  all welcome
  • [16:00-18:00] STAR study group                                                                     

Download the schedule here

Conference Registration Payment

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Online registration - ISSS member professional (120 USD; 150 Euro payable on-site) [wp_cart_button name="ISSS member professional" price="120.00"]

Online registration - Non-member student (100 USD; 100 Euro payable on-site) [wp_cart_button name="Non-member student" price="100.00"]

Online registration - ISSS student member (80 USD; 100 Euro payable on-site) [wp_cart_button name="ISSS student member" price="80.00"]


ISSS 2020 Registration

Please use the following form to register for ISSS 2020. Upon submitting the form, you will be directed to a page where you can make your payment.

Online registration will close June 20, 2020; you may also register on-site for an additional fee.

Call for Abstracts

The Executive Board of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) invites abstract submissions for oral (paper) and poster presentations at this year’s annual conference, to be held June 26-27, 2020 in Vienna, Austria! We welcome submissions from members and non-members.

The abstract deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM UTC, March 7th, 2020.

All submissions require the inclusion of a title, abstract (maximum 250 words), and author list for the proposed presentation. During the submission process, you will be able to indicate whether the submission should be considered for presentation as a paper (talk/oral presentation), poster, or both. Further, oral presentations submitted as part of a symposium are welcome. There is an opportunity to specify a symposium title during the time of submission so that separate oral presentation submissions can be linked together.

You will also be able to submit your abstract for consideration for the ISSS Travel Award and the ISSS Student Award. Decisions on submissions will be made by late spring 2020.


Update Regarding Presentations and Posters (March 26 2019)

 Notifications of decisions on submissions have been made! We hope to post the full agenda by the end of April 2019. Poster authors should plan to present posters no larger than 18″ x 19″ in size.

All presentations should adhere to the following guidelines, adopted by the ISSS Executive Board:

In keeping with the efforts of ISSS to include and be respectful of individuals with lived experience of self-injury, we ask that all presenters refrain from the use of potentially triggering or upsetting imagery (e.g., graphic images of NSI) in the context of presentations and posters at this year’s conference. Thank you for your support of this important initiative.

2020 Conference Location Announced!

The Executive Board is thrilled to announce that the 15th annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) will be held in Vienna, Austria on June 26-27, 2020! Dr. Paul Plener of the Medical University of Vienna will be the conference host. Please look in the "Conferences" tab for more details!