2023 EUSPR Pre-Conference Workshops

2023 EUSPR Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop 1: Characteristics of games of chance – What are my chances?

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to find out the level of probability of winning money when they gamble. At the end of the workshop, they will get an answer to the question: “Who really wins?” when they decide to invest money in games of chance.

Scheduled for the 4th October from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Swissotel, Sarajevo.

Facilitators: Sanela Pekic and Kerima Delibasic

Organizer: NARKO-NE. Association for addiction prevention.


Workshop 2: Interactive analysis and optimisation of mass media interventions

In this pre-conference workshop, William Crano, leading expert in media strategies for prevention will:

  • Introduce the participants to the key principles of using media for prevention purposes
  • Present the EQUIP model for the design and analysis of media-based communication interventions
  • Discuss with participants their examples of existing or planned mass media interventions from their own countries and contexts
  • Explore possibilities of how to improve them, based on the key principles of effectiveness
  • Explore possibilities – if necessary – in advocating against their use.

The workshop addresses advocates, interested researchers and practitioners, and also interested decision-, opinion- and policy makers (DOPs) who often have to make decisions about the funding of such interventions. Participants are encouraged to prepare, send beforehand and shortly present examples they want to have discussed at the workshop. It will be most helpful if translations of the main messages are provided.

Scheduled for the 4th October from 9:30 to 12:30.

Facilitator: William Crano


Workshop 3: Publishing your research in prevention science

This workshop aims to support early career preventionists in fostering their scientific writing skills. Summarizing one’s research in a complete but concise scientific journal article is an important skill in any research area.

The workshop will consist of an introductory lecture on key issues in publishing prevention science papers followed by a practical exercise, among others:

  • Tips & tricks in writing the title, abstract and key words of your manuscript
  • Authorship and Good Scientific Practice
  • Publishing guidelines (e.g., CONSORT, PRISMA, …)
  • Publishing Bachelors and Master’s thesis
  • Abstracts from the group and their analyses – practical exercise

Participants will be asked to bring an abstract (250 words) of their own from an unpublished work (article, thesis etc.) and send it in advance to the workshop. The workshop will then provide feedback, suggestions regarding the structure and presentation of the work, and helps to discuss strengths and weaknesses that could be addressed in preparing it for publication.Examples taken from the Journal of Prevention, the official journal of the EUSPR, will be used among other recognised journals, to illustrate the practice of publishing in international peer-reviewed journals. Although the examples used in the workshop focus on ‘Journal of Prevention’ it will be of great relevance for all prevention fields.

Important notice: A prerequisite for the workshop is to send in a short abstract (of up to 250 words) of your work, including a title suggestion up to a week before the workshop (September 27) to boris.chapoton@univ-st-etienne.fr. The abstract should describe your existing (or planned) paper (or Masters or PhD thesis, etc.) that you wish to publish through a scientific article format (monographs or book publications will not be covered in the workshop). Your abstract will include a title and up to 5 key words.

Scheduled for the 4th of October, from 8:30 to 12:30.

Facilitators: Zila Sanchez (Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Prevention – JOP) and Giovanni Aresi (Associate Editor, JOP).


Workshop 4: Unplugged – recent developments and research

Unplugged is an evidence based drug prevention program for 12-14 year olds in school. The teacher implements the program A teacher training is advised.

Unplugged, co-financed by the European Union is a program in the public domain and managed by a network of practitioners and researchers. In the workshop we will present latest research findings and discuss implications for advocacy, implementation and sustainability. Finally we want to present new supporting advocacy/implementation materials and developments in the curriculum of Unplugged.

Scheduled for the 4th of October, from 13:30 to 16:30.

Facilitators: Johan Jongbloet and Annemie Coone (HOGENT); Federica Vigna-Taglianti (Department of Translational Medicine, University of Eastern Piedmont); Serena Vadrucci (Department of Prevention, Hygiene and Public Health Unit, ASL); Alberto Sciutto (Department of Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, University of Eastern Piedmont).