About the EUSPR

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; decision, opinion and policy makers and practitioners; methodology development; promotion of higher education and career development in prevention and implementation research, and advocacy for evidence-based prevention.

See the EUSPR flyer for further details of the Society:

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Membership of the Society is open to any qualified worker in a discipline relevant to prevention, including all European and international researchers, professionals, practitioners, decision, opinion and 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 and decision makers engaged in science-based prevention.

Please see the membership page for details on how to join the EUSPR:

Joining the EUSPR

Why the EUSPR was established

In the European countries there is a growing interest for evidence-based prevention to tackle determinants of non-communicable disease and ill-health, which is not paralleled by investment in human resources, interventions and policies, training 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, and has since grown into an advisory body for national and European institutions such as the EMCDDA and EUCPN to safeguard scientific caution, independence and prudence in the assessment of interventions, training contents and innovations.


On the 30th of December 2010 the Society was formally approved and registered by the Polish authorities as an international not-for-profit organisation, 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, Spain.

The core mission of the Society as sanctioned in the Statute can be summarised as follows:

Article B.7

The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) promotes the development of prevention science, and its application to practice so as to promote human health and well-being through high quality research, evidence based interventions, policies and practices as well as advocacy for evidence-based policies in prevention.


Article B.8

EUSPR delivers its mission through the following aims:

  • To build capacity and capability for high quality research by developing a positive environment for collaborative research, networking, and exchanges between EUSPR members in European and non-European countries.
  • To convene regular conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops for EUSPR members, including symposia, courses, trainings and workshops for prevention scientists (researchers, policy makers and practitioners who take a science or evidence based approach to their work).
  • To emphasise the development of early career prevention scientists through targeted communications, networks, trainings, technical support, reduced EUSPR fees for student members and other financial support.
  • To maintain the highest levels of ethical standards in scientific research and professional practice, ensuring that EUSPR members declare and take steps to avoid conflicts of interest.
  • To reach out and engage with the broader prevention community, including non- members, national and international organizations to develop prevention research, policy and practice and to grow the EUSPR membership.

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EUSPR Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Society. The Board are all volunteers and comprise: