EMCR Special Interest Group

INHSU’s Early-Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Special Interest Group brings together early and mid career researchers from across the globe who are interested in the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs, harm reduction, human rights, hepatitis C, and other harms that can occur from drug use and prohibitionist drug policy. 

The EMCR Special Interest Group meets regularly throughout the year to collaborate, share knowledge, and address challenges facing early-mid-career researchers.

It organises several activities throughout the year, and at the annual INHSU conference, which are open to all EMCRs with an interest in the health of people who use drugs. For activities held at the annual INHSU conference, EMCRs must be registered for the conference to attend. 

Members also have the opportunity to be involved with professional development projects throughout the year. 

Join us and help shape the future of the INHSU EMCR Special Interest Group

We’re currently seeking new members, particularly from Low Middle-Income countries (countries that are considered Low-Income Economies and Lower-Middle Income Economies by the World Bank).

If you are a researcher within 10 years of finishing your latest degree, or currently studying in a field related to the health or human rights of people who use drugs and would like to play an active part in shaping the future of the INHSU EMCR Special Interest Group, please get in touch at info@inhsu.org. To be a member of the EMCR Special Interest Group you must be a current INHSU member.

EMCR activities at the INHSU 2022 conference

Networking event: speed-meet

EMCR networking


  • Tuesday 18 October 2022
  • Time: 16:00 – 18:30 
  • In-person only, no virtual 
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • Sign up when you register for the conference


Open to all EMCRs and people with lived- and living-experience of drug use attending INHSU 2022, this networking event provides a chance to break down barriers and connect with people with interests in the health of people who use drugs. This event is scheduled ahead of the main conference to help build connections to last throughout and after the conference.

Tips for getting your research published

EMCR writing a manuscript


  • Thursday 20 October 2022 
  • Time: 15:45 – 17:15
  • In-person only, no virtual
  • Scottish Event Campus 
  • Simply show up on the day


The EMCR Special Interest Group will be leading a session for EMCRs about increasing opportunities for getting your research published. The session will include two senior researchers with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research, and senior editor experience on academic journals. 

EMCR-led poster tours

EMCR led poster tours


The poster tours at this year’s conference will be chaired by a member of the EMCR Committee. This representative will lead groups to meet the authors of selected posters, who will present for five minutes each. 

EMCR Twitter takeover

EMCR poster tours

  • Each day of the conference
  • Follow @inHepSU on Twitter


Throughout the INHSU 2022 conference, members of the EMCR Committee will be taking over the INHSU Twitter channel, sharing insights and key takeaways from the conference. 

Coming soon

Research capsule summaries

Translating research into bitesize, understandable content that can be used for education, policy and advocacy, is a core skill for any researcher. INHSU will be working with the EMCR Special Interest Group to develop Research Capsule Summaries that enhance science communication skills. 

Mentoring program

INHSU has a hugely diverse and talented network. A new mentoring program will tap into this talent base and connect EMCRs with senior researchers, community members and other members of our network. The program will help foster career development and skills for mentor and mentee.