History

History of the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research

The founding initiative for the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research gained momentum during the First International Symposium on Media and Suicide in 2007 in Vienna and included the following founding members: Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Nestor Kapusta, Gernot Sonneck, Martin Voracek, Benedikt Till, Elmar Etzersdorfer and Arno Herberth. Our name was inspired by Elmar Etzersdorfer, and our official logo was designed by our Deputy Chair Nestor Kapusta. Since 2010, the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research is officially listed as a registered association. The Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research has grown steadily through an early-adopted focus on supporting this website and mentoring young scientists interested in suicidology research topics. Colleagues from different professions have been invited and have joined the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research as well. During the past few years, a significant amount of recognition has been received by the group. Among other recognitions, the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research was awarded the Erwin Ringel Prize in 2010 and was the recipient of the Hans Rost Prize in 2012, both for scientific achievement in the field of suicidology. Already the 75th monthly working meeting of the group was held in spring 2015, and the group is now looking forward to its 100th working meeting in the near future.