Paper in a Day at the ESTSS conference in June

There will be a Paper in a Day workshop at the conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies! Below is the official announcement.

Needless to say, I can thoroughly recommend it 🙂 This year, it has a thematic focus: utilizing the child trauma data collected in the PACT/R archive.

The archive (officially: Prospective Studies of Acute Child Trauma and Recovery Data Archive) is a major development in our field of research. Paper in a Day will be a great opportunity to get to know and work with it.

Full day on 13 June (9:30 – 16:30) plus pre- and post-meeting assignments

Paper in a Day is designed to stimulate international connections and the exchange of ideas by working on a tangible outcome: a brief paper or commentary for a peer-reviewed journal. This will be an intensive, productive and enjoyable day.

This year, Paper in a Day will make use of a unique research resource in the traumatic stress field – the Prospective studies of Acute Child Trauma and Recovery (PACT/R) Data Archive. Learn more about PACT/R resources and data at This international data archive of child trauma studies currently includes datasets from 32 studies, representing data from more than 5500 children exposed to a single incident trauma, e.g., injury, disaster, interpersonal violence. Throughout the Paper in a Day process, leaders of the PACT/R Archive will be available to participants to answer questions and to approve data requests once research topics / questions are identified.


After registration, participants will choose a topic based on shared interests and availability of relevant PACT/R data. In the weeks prior to the workshop, participants will individually prepare (e.g. read relevant articles, draft sections of the paper). The workshop will include plenary discussions about the topic and the drafted texts, and writing time in subgroups. Following the workshop, the draft will be finalized for submission.


In order to make the event a success, we ask participants to commit to:

  • Prepare in advance of the meeting – dedicate eight hours prior to the workshop.
  • Be present for the entire workshop.
  • Contribute to the final editing and referencing following the workshop.

How to participate

This event is aimed at early career academics who have obtained their PhD after 2014 or who are in the final stages of submission of their PhD. There is no registration fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop. If you would like to participate, please send an email to by 15 april 2019 (seats are limited; first come, first served) with the following information:

1. A short CV listing your publications and main research interests to inform choice of topics. Please also let us know if you have an idea for a research question that could be addressed with PACT/R data to complete a relatively contained empirical paper or commentary.
2. A statement that you commit to the required preparation, attendance, and follow-up activities as described.


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