30 + 31.5.2012
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg Campus Rotes Feld
Rotenbleicher Weg 67
On May 30-31, 2012 the founding meeting of the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (esrii) took place at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. esrii is the European version of the isrii; Europe is thus the first continent that has its own research society under the umbrella of the isrii.
The conference was hosted by the Innovation Incubator of the Leuphana University Lüneburg. The Innovation Incubator focuses on how to organize a fair, high quality and affordable health care in the future. Among others, E-mental health is one of the themes being worked on. For that reason a partnership was established with the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, Department of Clinical Psychology (Prof Pim Cuijpers, Prof Heleen Riper).
About 90 colleagues from across Europe attended the esrii founding conference. Many made a substantial contribution in the form of at least 30 presentations, 25 posters or in the plenary discussions.
Heleen Riper (VU/Leuphana) and on behalf of the local organization committee David Daniel Ebert (Leuphana), called all welcome to the first esrii meeting.
Next, Pim Cuijpers (VU) sketched a broad overview of what is happening in the field and the challenges we need to cope with ("How to optimally use our knowledge on effectiveness in implementation").
'Mystery guest' Robert Tait (Australian National University, Canberra) presented a cross-cultural view in which Tait compared developments in Europe with those in Australia.
There were also speakers who had a stronger focus on the design aspects of interventions ("Persuasive design DOES matter!" Lisette van Gemert, UT, Twente), or on the interfaces of computer science that often remains understudied ("What computer science can contribute to E-mental health – Chances & pitfalls" Burkhardt Funk, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg).
Finally, recently completed studies, work in progress and latest developments were presented in order to update the esrii members.
In the corridors and during social events outside the presentations, the familiar, conversational 'isrii' atmosphere became noticeable, since many of the conference participants have to face questions in their daily work like: How can interventions, proven to be effective on a small-scale, efficiently implemented and scaled up? What is known about the cost-effectiveness of (effective) interventions? How to translate experiences with E-mental health interventions gained in the field of depression into applications for addiction, OCD, or PTSD?
On May 30, the creation and establishment of the board of the esrii also took place. Gerhard Andersson (Linköpings Universitet, Sweden) became the Chairman. Further members of the board are Thomas Berger, Kate Cavanagh, Pim Cuijpers, David Daniel Ebert, Heleen Riper and Annemieke van Straten.
As the chairman of the esrii, Gerhard Andersson, is inviting to the next esrii meeting at Linköping University, Sweden on October 3-5, 2013. The second meeting of the esrii will get more the character of a regular conference (instead of by invitation only).