Triple i 2016 – Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross

Lecturer at the conference

Triple i – intuition, imagination and innovation, is an international annual conference organised by the UP IAM Slovene Centre for Suicide Research. Distinguished experts in the field of suicidology are invited to the conference to speak about research, interventions and postvention after suicide. Relaxed environment and concurrent topics create a platform for the participants to connect, which is a starting point for progress in the field.

One of the speakers at the Triple i 2016 is Dr. Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross.


Dr. Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross is an epidemiologist and sociologist, employed at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, at the Department Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, and at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute. His main focus is analysing longitudinal data (e.g. time series, cyclic phenomena) and suicidal methods. His lecture will be on rethinking suicides as mental accidents on the basis of evidence from empirical research. He is pointing out the fact that suicide rates are very diverse across space and time. Therefore, he believes that suicide prevention can be a lot easier than most people commonly believe, which is an additional motivation for him to work in this field.

Dr. Ajdacic-Gross’ message to young researches, professionals, students:

A better understanding of suicide and better prevention will help save many lives. Most people who overcome critical suicide thoughts or survive suicide attempts, definitively will not die by suicide. Your contribution can be much more effective and sustainable than in any other domain of modern medicine or social science. However, do not be afraid to tilt at windmills from time to time; be prepared to encounter disappointing experiences. We cannot save all lives of suicidal women and men, but we can be much more successful than former scholars and colleagues.