Seventh EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, October 31st – November 2nd 2016, Berlin, Germany – Call for Abstracts now open

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Logo_EUSPR_berlin2016_vFinalLandscapeThe 2016 EUSPR conference will be held in Berlin, Germany from October 31st – November 2nd 2016. The main theme is “Sustainable Prevention in a Changing World” and this year’s conference will include keynotes on developing and understanding sustainable prevention systems, prevention responses to the health and social needs of populations in transition, and rapidly emerging health challenges.

EUSPR will hold four pre-conference workshops on 30th October 2016. Please see the link at the top of the page for details.


Registration for the conference is scheduled to open in May 2016 (see the link at the top of the page for the fees). 15 bursaries of €200 are available to Early Career participants to assist in covering conference and pre-conference workshop expenses, please see the link at the top of the page for details and to apply. Deadline for applications is 1st August 2016.

Please see the following links for details of the travel instructions (including booking reserved hotels), awards to be presented at the conference, social events, and Early Career events.

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We have assembled an exciting programme of plenary speakers who will be addressing:

  • Developing evidence-based guidance on prevention for migrant populations in the EU
  • Sustainable prevention systems as a response to population change
  • What is the place and value of prevention in today’s society
  • The dark logic of prevention – harmful consequences of public health interventions

Populations and behaviour in Europe are in transition, and new challenges to health and well being are emerging. This has led to an increased focus on changing needs, and how sustainable prevention systems and structures can be developed in order to offer evidence based and rapid prevention responses to these issues. For example, current international events mean that many people have left areas of conflict, and the consequences of poor infrastructure and the breakdown of family and other social structures. Populations are changing in other ways; the EU has an ageing population and low birth rate, and treaties have encouraged mobility (of young people) across borders in search of work and education opportunities. Mobile populations may already be experiencing poor health and well being, and may not be optimally served by the prevention systems of their host country, thus reinforcing inequalities and poorer outcomes.

Similarly, new disease threats, behaviours, technological and recreational cultures, and policies are emerging (e.g. new viruses; e-nicotine delivery devices; changes to cannabis laws) which may require rapid and/or different prevention (and research and evaluation) responses, but  practically and politically, must be delivered through existing prevention systems.

At our 2016 conference we will explore some of these issues, and ask other questions such as how can prevention scientists make meaningful contributions to policy and practice responses in a rapidly changing world? How do we begin to assess and address changing needs, when in many countries prevention systems are already poorly defined and are orientated to stable and historic health and social needs? What are the consequences for host communities with regards to health resources and the opportunity costs of supporting change? Are our existing prevention programmes and interventions effective in diverse populations?  How do we develop prevention responses for rapidly arriving, and departing populations? How might changes in prevention delivery systems and technological innovations lead to better outcomes?

We will also have a special session discussing the way forward for prevention science. Panel members will be asked to explore the future of prevention science and ask questions about the ‘politics’ of prevention, the meaning of participant autonomy in contested policy and intervention areas, and how prevention scientists negotiate changing societal attitudes to health and social behaviours.


Abstract submission is now open and will close 1st August 2016, which will allow time for Early Bird discounted registration for accepted delegates.

We welcome and prioritise submissions on the main conference theme, but as always, look forward to receiving abstracts on all prevention science related topics. We also encourage presentations that focus on improving the use of evidence in policy and practice and welcome delegates from outside of academia who have an interest in prevention science. Dedicated parallel sessions will be held to provide PhD students and Early Career delegates opportunities to present their work in a supportive environment.


The conference will be held in the centre of Berlin, near the Brandenburg Gate, at the Representation of Lower Saxony at the Federal Government in Berlin. In den Ministergärten 10, 10117 Berlin. Map. Please see the venue’s website for further details.

The pre-conference workshops will be held in a separate venue, details to be added here shortly.

Co-organisers and in collaboration organisations

We are very pleased that the 2016 conference will be co-organised with the Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony, CPC (Landespräventionsrat Niedersachsen, LPR), Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Justizministerium), the German Congress on Crime Prevention (Deutscher Präventionstag, DPT) and the National Centre for Crime Prevention (Nationales Zentrum für Kriminalprävention, NZK).

The conference proceeds in collaboration with the Centre for Public Health (CPH) at Liverpool John Moores University, UK; State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems, (PARPA), PL; The Dartington Social Research Unit (DSRU)


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Further details will be added here over the following weeks. EUSPR Members and previous conference attendees will be sent regular updates. Please subscribe at the following link to be added to the conference distribution list:

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