History

History of the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research

The Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research was founded during the First International Symposium on Media and Suicide in 2007 in Vienna. Founding members were Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Benedikt Till, Arno Herberth, Elmar Etzersdorfer, Martin Voracek, Nestor Kapusta and Gernot Sonneck. Since 2010, the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research has been officially registered as an association to promote high-quality suicide research. The Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research has grown steadily through an early-adopted focus on mentoring young scientists interested in suicidology and relevant neighbouring fields. Interdisciplinarity is a core aspect of the Werkstaette and accordingly, members are from diverse professions and backgrounds. The Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research has been awarded the Erwin Ringel Prize from the Austrian Association for Suicide Prevention (ÖGS) in 2010 and 2014 the Hans Rost Prize in 2012 for scientific achievements in the field of suicidology. The 100th working meeting took place in 2017. We look forward to many future scientific endeavours for a better understanding of suicide and self-harm and the improvement of suicide prevention in Austria, Europe and globally.