Meet our plenary speakers

Mihela Erjavec – A fruity story of attaining and maintaining quality in an evidence-based programme

Mihela Erjavec is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, and co-founder of the Centre for Activity and Eating Research (CAER) at Bangor University. With a range of programmes specifically designed for a young audience, CAER uses evidence-based behaviour change techniques to encourage children and their families to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. Ongoing research projects include the Food Dudes programme, which has demonstrated efficacy in increasing the fruit and veg intake of over 700,000 children in preschool classes, primary schools, and special education institutions. As a developmental behavioural psychologist with an interest in fundamental learning processes and their application to real-life problems, Mihela had contributed to UNICEF sponsored and World Bank run projects, and presented her work at numerous international events organised by academia, NGOs, charities, and governments.

Gerhard Gollner – The Austrian school-based life skill program for addiction prevention

Gerhard Gollner is the director of kontakt+co Suchtprävention Jugendrotkreuz, the Tyrolian Unit for Addiction Prevention, situated in Innsbruck. He received his master‘s degree at the University of Innsbruck. His work focuses on the development and management of prevention programmes for different settings, as well as on regional and national cooperations. He is currently engaged in prevention-acitivities concerning gaming and gambling, parent education and public relation. He is a long term member of the Österreichische ARGE Suchtvorbeugung.

Carl May – Rethinking the dynamics of primary prevention: mobilisation, implementation, and embeddedness in open systems

Carl May is Professor of Healthcare Innovation at the University of Southampton. Carl is a sociologist who has researched and published widely and whose work includes studies of adolescent alcohol misuse; the linked history of alcohol dependence, chronic pain, and shell-shock; professional-patient interaction in the care of the dying; chronic disease management in primary care; the development and implementation of innovative healthcare technologies; and the production and politics of evidence about effective clinical practice. Carl has held academic appointments at Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester, and was professor of medical sociology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, UK, from 2001 before moving to Southampton in 2010. A former National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator and a present Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK, Carl is also an honorary professorial fellow in General Practice at Melbourne, Australia.

Michal Miovsky

Michal Miovsky is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Charles University, Prague. He received his Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology at Palacky University in Olomouc in 2002 and started his professional carrier in school prevention in the same year. He later established a therapeutic centre for drug users and led a group of treatment facilities in Brno.  Michal is vice-dean for non-medical health study programs and Head of the Department of Addictology of the 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague and General Teaching Hospital in Prague. He is president of the ISAJE (International Society of Addiction Journal Editors) and Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Journal of Adiktologie (Addictology). Michal is also a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, Czech and Slovak Psychiatry and other journals. He specializes in qualitative methods and research in the field of addictions, prevention and clinical

Kathryn Oliver – What are the consequences of prevention polices?

Dr Kathryn Oliver is a social scientist at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Kathryn studied Molecular Biology at UCL (2003). Via a MSc in History of Science, Technology and Medicine (2004), she soon became interested in broader questions about how scientific knowledge and expertise are constructed, owned and used. Her PhD (Manchester, 2012) was half sociology, half public health, exploring social networks of power, influence and evidence-use in public health policymaking. She has interests in the use of evidence in policy making, especially public health policy, the evaluation of social interventions and policies and research impact and science policy. She is an Associate Editor of Evidence and Policy journal, an expert advisor for WHO, a member of SocSocMed and INSNA, and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Research Fortnight and other media.

Andreas Prenn – Implementation of suicide prevention in existing measures of addiction prevention

Andreas Prenn is the Head of Supro – Werkstatt für Suchtprophylaxe, the addiction prevention unit of Vorarlberg. He has a master‘s degree from the University of Innsbruck. His expertise covers besides addiction prevention also specific pedagogic techniques (like experience- and outdoorbased learning, psychomotic pedagogics) and teambuilding processes. He is trainer for Motivational Interviewing and the Austrian universal addiction prevention programme, Eigenständig werden. He is member of the Österreichische ARGE Suchtvorbeugung.

Harry Sumnall – How do we support a professional culture of quality in prevention?

Harry Sumnall is a Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Harry’s funded research programmes have examined the evidence base for substance misuse prevention and the mechanisms for implementing evidence based practice and policy. Over the last 10 years Harry has led a programme of EU-funded research that has sought to develop quality standards in prevention and to support European practitioners and policy makers apply these in their work. Harry is a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, a founder and Board Member of the European Society for Prevention Research, and a Trustee of the UK prevention charity Mentor UK.