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Leading experts to review global developments in addiction science at pioneering European conference

(17.09.2015, LISBON) Leading European and international experts in the field of addiction science will meet in Lisbon from 23-25 September for the First European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies (1). Showcasing the latest developments in addiction science, the conference will explore the topics of illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling and other addictive behaviours. The event is hosted and steered by the Portuguese General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), in collaboration with: the scientific journal Addiction; the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).

The pioneering conference, which has reached its maximum capacity of 600 participants, is designed to appeal to a multidisciplinary audience. It will draw on expertise from a variety of fields including: epidemiology, policy and clinical research, social sciences and human psychopharmacology.

The conference, taking place at the Feira Internacional de Lisboa (Parque das Nações), is organised around four themes:

  • Addictions: a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Translating research into policy and practice
  • New frontiers in addiction research
  • Challenges of addiction in an interconnected world

The packed programme includes: 16 keynote speeches; some 200 oral presentations; around 140 rapid communications and a week-long array of satellite meetings, side-events and sponsored sessions. Among the side-events will be: an EMCDDA technical conference commemorating ‘20 years of monitoring and communicating evidence on drugs’ (21-22 September, EMCDDA) and the 2015 EMCDDA scientific paper award (23 September, FIL). The three collaborative partners (2) will also hold meetings: the ALICE-RAP symposium (22 September, FIL); the ERANID research call event (22 September, FIL); and the Management Board and Advisory Board meetings of the Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) project (21 September, SICAD).

The conference, which gathers experts from 58 countries, will provide a unique networking opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policy experts across countries and disciplines and address new challenges and developing fields. Prominent partners, including international and national organisations and European research projects, will contribute to the scientific excellence of the event.

The opening and closing sessions are open to the media:

  • Opening session: 23 September — 10:00–10:30 — Auditorium I
  • Closing session: 25 September — 12:30–13:00 — Auditorium I

(1) Full programme and details of side-events are now available at www.lisbonaddictions.eu
(2) For more, see
Contact: Paula Vale de Andrade, SICAD comunicacao@sicad.min-saude.pt