The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) will advance the science base of environmental, universal, selective and indicated prevention aimed at improving human health and well-being and addressing health inequalities.
Cornerstones of this advancement are: cross-disciplinary networks of scientists, policy makers and practitioners, methodology development, promotion of higher education and career development in prevention and implementation research.
See the EUSPR flyer for further details of the Society:
Membership of the Society is open to any qualified worker in a discipline relevant to prevention, including all European and international researchers, professionals, practitioners, policy makers and students who share the Society’s aims. Although we are primarily a European Society we encourage membership from all countries, particularly those professionals who wish to develop collaborative links with European researchers.
Please see the membership page for details on how to join the EUSPR:
Why the EUSPR was established
In the European countries there is a growing interest for evidence-based prevention to tackle determinants of disease and ill-health, which is not paralleled by investment in human resources and education.
Consequently, this sector of research is not on the top agenda of most universities and institutions. Prevention scientists work in a rather isolated and mono-disciplinary world, while good quality research in this field requires cooperation and methodological development beyond the borders of traditional academic disciplines such as medicine, psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, social scientists, anthropology.
There are no scientific societies in Europe that include these very specific themes. The EUSPR was born to fill this gap.
On the 30th of December 2010 the Society was formally approved and registered by the Polish authorities as an international not-for-profit organization, based at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. An amended set of by-laws was agreed during the Members Meeting on 9th December 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal. A further set of amended by-laws was agreed during the Members Meeting on 16th October 2014 in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca.
The core mission of the Society as sanctioned in the Statute can be summarised as follows:
- International, open and cooperative
- Concerned with the quality of prevention research and education
- Promoting active dissemination of research results to communities
- Democratic and transparent
- Members’ general meeting the highest decisional level
- Technical and professional
- Technical Committees in all important sectors of activities
The EUSPR Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board were elected by the Membership during the Palma Members’ Meeting on 16th October 2014. The current term of the Boards runs from 2015-2017.
2014 Board Election
For details of the election held on 16th October 2014 please see the following link:
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Society. The Board are all volunteers and comprise:
Professor David Foxcroft
Professor of Community Psychology and Public Health, Oxford Brookes University, UK
David is Professor of Community Psychology and Public Health, and his programme of work is focused on understanding (and improving) behaviour in context, especially how social structures (e.g. families, schools, communities, employers, regulation, government) can support improved health and wellbeing in communities and populations. A focus is the prevention of risk behaviours in children and young people.
See http://www.swph.brookes.ac.uk/professor-david-foxcroft for more information.
Dr Jeremy Segrott
Research Fellow in Public Health, DECIPHer Centre at Cardiff University, Wales, UK
Jeremy is a Research Fellow in Public Health in the DECIPHer Centre at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. His main research interests are the evaluation of school- and family-based prevention interventions – particularly relating to alcohol misuse, and the study of programme implementation processes. He was recently awarded funding by his University to develop collaborative research with colleagues at Washington State University.
Institute for Research and Development ‘UTRIP’, SL
Sanela Talić is the Secretary-General of the Institute of Research and Development (UTRIP), Slovenia. She is also the Head of prevention programmes at UTRIP. She is a pedagogue and also a project manager for prevention, education and training programmes. She is involved in several EC-funded projects in the field of addiction prevention, health promotion and healthy lifestyles, lifelong learning, violence and injury prevention etc. She is also a researcher and is skilled in organisational and communication. She is a member of several professional, umbrella, research and project networks such as Club Health, Eurocare, IREFREA, the Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN), AMPHORA, ALICE RAP and ProSkills. She is involved in many European projects, co-funded by the European Commission under the Health Programme, the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the Daphne III Programme, the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Drug Prevention and Information Programme and the European Social Fund. She is a Master Trainer for EU-DAP / Unplugged school-based prevention programme and national coordinator and Master Trainer for the Strengthening Families Program (SFP).
Please visit http://www.institut-utrip.si/en/ for further information about Sanela’s work.
Mr Andrew Brown
Alcohol Programme Implementation Manager, Public Health England, UK; Consultant, Making Every Adult Matter coalition, UK
Andrew has been a member of EUSPR since it was founded and has served a member of the advisory board and currently as Treasurer.
He currently spreads his time between Public Health England, where he is an Alcohol Programme Implementation Manager, and the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, as a consultant focused on substance misuse policy for adults with multiple needs. He was previously the Director of Policy, Influence and Engagement for DrugScope, and before that Director of Programmes with Mentor UK.
Andrew has spent over 10 years in the field, and has served on a number of expert advisory groups for the UK government including the Expert Panel on New Psychoactive Substances, and the Independent Review into the Impact on Employment Outcomes of Drug or Alcohol Addiction, and Obesity.
Outside of work Andrew spent 9 years as an elected local councillor in the part of London where he lives taking a particular interest in children’s services, he has also served as a school governor.
Professor Harry Sumnall
Professor of Substance Use, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Harry’s research interests lie in young people’s substance use, and improving the use of evidence in prevention policy. He is currently undertaking projects that examine the effectiveness of interventions, the development of European addictions policies, and the use of quality standards in EU drug prevention practice. Harry is also interested in the psychopharmacology of ‘recreational’ drugs and how this might inform the development of interventions to reduce abuse and harm. Finally, he takes an interest in the emergence of novel psychoactive drugs and the mechanisms of dispersal through drug user populations. Harry is a member of the UK’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), providing specific expertise on prevention issues.
Please visit http://www.cph.org.uk/people/harrysumnall/ for more information.
Board members at large
Professor Rosaria Galanti
Professor of Public Health Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, SW
Rosaria’s research interests lie in longitudinal studies of determinants of youth’s tobacco use, as well as in evaluation of public health interventions, particularly using community trials. She is currently head of an intervention development and evaluation unit within the large Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine of Stockholm Health Care District. She has recently initiated a large national study, exploring school climate, pedagogy and preventive programs in relation to young people’s mental health.
Board members at large
Dr Amador Calafat
European Institute of Studies on Prevention (IREFREA), ES
Dr Amador Calafat is the coordinator of the European Institute of Prevention Research (Irefrea) network. He is a Psychiatrist working in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He has been actively involved in research in risk behaviour and implementation of programmes (family, school and recreational drug use) since 1980. He has been leading or has participated in different European funded projects (see www.irefrea.org for projects and publications).
He is actively involved in networks like Club Health and Civil Society Forum on Drugs. He is the editor of the journal Adicciones (www.adicciones.es), an international journal indexed in the main database. He is also the coordinator of the Spanish platform on evidence based prevention (www.prevencionbasadaenlaevidencia.net).
Board members at large
University of Vienna, Austria
Angelina’s research interests lie across the fields of substance use and urban studies. She has worked on a number of EU co-funded projects in the drugs field, including the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) project, which aims to improve the quality of preventive activities across Europe through the development and promotion of quality standards. She is currently writing a doctoral thesis, exploring the role of spaces and places in young adults’ substance use. Her role in the EUSPR is to ensure that early-career members are actively involved in and supported by the Society’s activities. Please see the Early Careers Forum page to find out more about the EUSPR’s early-career initiatives.
For contact details and more bio, please visit http://www.cph.org.uk/people/angelinabrotherhood/
Board members at large
State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems, PL
Krzysztof is the Director of the State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA, PL) – a specialised government agency subordinated to the Minister of Health, established to develop the foundations of the state healthcare policy concerning improvement of alcohol-related harm prevention, treatment and public education in Poland. As a Director of PARPA, Krzysztof has been a coordinator of numerous programs and public campaigns on alcohol issues and prevention of alcohol use in Poland. The development of evidence-based prevention and its wide implementation is the apple of Krzysztof’s eye. He finds it crucial to strengthen the links between scientists, practitioners and decision-makers in this field.
Dr Zili Sloboda
Zili’s research over the last forty years has been on prevention interventions to improve the public’s health including cancer, sickle cell disease, and drug abuse. In addition to conducting her own research, as the director of the epidemiology and prevention research program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she administered the largest national research program for the United States. In this capacity she represented the U.S. on several international programs and continues to serve as a consultant to international groups. Zili has devoted the last two decades to advancing the field of prevention science and was a founder of the U.S. Society for Prevention Research and an advisor to the establishment for the EUSPR.
Dr Gregor Burkhart, MD, MPH
Senior Scientific Analyst, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), PT
Since 1996, Gregor has been responsible for prevention responses at the EMCDDA. He has developed databases on best practice examples (EDDRA), evaluation tools (EIB) the Prevention and Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) and the Prevention profiles on the EMCDDA’s website. His main activities include the development of common European indicators on the implementation of prevention policies in Member States and the promotion of a better understanding of universal, selective, indicated as well as environmental prevention in Europe. Gregor works on methodologies for monitoring prevention responses as well as how to improve and evaluate them.
Mr Jeff Lee
Independent Prevention Consultant, UK
Jeff has been active in the field of prevention and education for more than 30 years during which time he has worked nationally and in more than 70 countries internationally to promote the need for and value of prevention as the major focus for addressing substance misuse. Jeff have always advocated for prevention to be provided within a context of promoting health and well-being and for it to address all aspects of personal and social development of individuals as well as addressing the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute towards negative health behaviour outcomes. In his work with governments, WHO, and UNODC Jeff has been identified as a leading contributor to the development of “life skills” as an important component within the prevention and education provision. Previous professional roles have been as Chief Executive of The Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Education in UK; and Executive Director of Mentor International.
Administrative support to the Board of Directors
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK
Stuart has been the administrator for the EUSPR since January 2012. His work includes facilitating meetings of the EUSPR Board, assisting the Society’s Secretary to manage membership applications and renewals, maintaining the website and distributing relevant information to members on request. In addition Stuart assists the Chair of the Conference Technical Committee and the President of the Society to organise the annual conference and members’ meeting.