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ECR Pre-congress Session

A new initiative will be launched at the 2019 iHEA World Congress on Health Economics in Basel: a pre-congress session that is dedicated to Early Career Researchers (ECRs).


A key objective of the ECR Special Interest Group (SIG) is to facilitate communication and exchange of ideas between ECRs and senior health economists. The ECR-SIG conveners have therefore organised a session dedicated to ECRs that will be held prior to the 2019 iHEA World Congress in Basel. The aim of this session is to provide a forum for ECRs to present their research and receive detailed feedback from both their peers and also senior researchers in their field. This session will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 13th July 2019

Below, you can find further information on the format of the session and some key practical details. This webpage will be updated in the coming months to provide further details on how the session will be organised.


Format of the session

  • ECRs who are selected via a competitive process to participate in this session will be asked to submit a working paper presenting their work in advance of the session. This should be advanced work in progress, including results.
  • During the session, a discussion slot will be allocated to this paper. In this time slot, a senior health economist will discuss this paper.
  • This discussant will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the paper and consider how to solve any problems with the work.
  • The discussant will also make suggestions regarding how the ECR might proceed with this work. This could include advice on which journals to target, how the paper could be written for different audiences, how to attract an international audience to the paper, and how to improve the odds of getting the paper accepted in a leading health economics journal.
  • The conversation will then be opened up to the other ECRs and senior researchers in the room.
  • The emphasis will be on providing constructive feedback.
  • The benefits of this approach will not only accrue to the ECRs who submit an abstract: all ECR attendees will benefit from hearing the feedback provided by senior health economists (some of which will be specific to the submitted paper, and some of which will be more general).
  • All ECR attendees will have access to senior health economists before, during and after the session.

Abstract submission process

  • Abstract submissions are now closed.

Abstract review and paper submission process

  • The deadline for paper submission will be May 2019.
  • Submitted papers will be restricted to no more than 20 A4 pages (including tables) and no more than 7,500 words.
  • Papers should be written in English.
  • Password-protected versions of submitted papers will be circulated around confirmed attendees prior to the session.

Other key practical details

  • Discussants will be matched with ECRs by topic/theme; pairings will not be random.
  • Matching will be undertaken by the ECR conveners and senior members of the iHEA Board.
  • Discussants will be senior health economists who are members of iHEA. We anticipate that some iHEA board members will act as discussants, to provide an example of the calibre of discussant that should be expected.
  • The session is open for all ECRs to attend, not just those who have abstracts accepted.
  • After the session there will be a reception to provide further opportunities for ECRs to engage with senior health economists. This reception will also be open to ECRs who have not participated in the session itself.
  • prize will be awarded to the best paper. Please see below for more details.
  • If you have any queries about the ECR pre-congress session, please contact iHEA by email (

Best paper prize

  • An award will be given to the paper with the greatest potential to contribute to the health economics literature.
  • This prize has been generously provided by the editors of Health Economics and the publishers of this journal, Wiley.
  • This prize is not connected in any way with the iHEA Annual Student Paper Prize; these are two separate prizes. The Annual Student Paper Prize is awarded to a paper that is ready for submission to a journal, and which has been written by a student while they were still registered as a student. The ECR best paper prize is awarded to a work in progress paper that has been written by an ECR, and which has been submitted to the ECR pre-congress session.
  • Papers will be reviewed by a prize committee comprised of senior health economists participating in this session, senior members of the iHEA board and the conveners of the ECR Special Interest Group.
  • The winner will be announced during the 2019 Congress in Basel.
  • The prize will be as follows:
  • The offer of potential fast track publication in Health Economics, subject to peer-review and Editorial approval.
  • Books to the value of USD 150 from the Wiley-Blackwell catalogue.
  • A one year online subscription to Health Economics.

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