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.

Save the date: 15th EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, 11th – 13th September 2024, Cremona, Italy

On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committees, we are delighted to announce that the 15th EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting will be held in Cremona, Italy from 11th to 13th September 2024. Workshops and project meetings are scheduled for the pre-conference day, 10th September.

We are also thrilled to announce the new two-and-a-half-day conference format that allows for poster and early career dedicated sessions, several keynotes and parallel sessions, and overall plenty of opportunities to engage and network with fellow EUSPR members.

Our theme this year is ‘Prevention in and with Communities’ and our keynotes and special sessions will focus on discussing the challenges and opportunities for prevention science when working in and with community settings and systems.

The goal of the conference is to connect research with practical needs of communities, discuss pros and cons of different approaches to prevention in and with community settings, as well as opportunities and challenges of developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based community-level prevention programmes and systems. We also want to discuss how to support prevention workforce communities, create stronger links between research, education, and practice as well as raise the quality of education and training of prevention scientists and practitioners in Europe.

The conference will be mainly in person, but we will provide an option for delegates to participate online.

More information regarding registration, abstract submission deadline, formats & guidelines will be made available very soon.

Please, forward this announcement to your professional networks. We on the local organising committee look forward to welcoming you to Cremona!

The scientific and local organising committee.

Application procedures and Minimum Standards for hosting EUSPR conferences

Application procedures and Minimum Standards for hosting EUSPR conferences

The European Society for Prevention Research holds its annual conferences in European cities that wish to host a conference dedicated to prevention science. The local conference host is an entity or a consortium of entities (such as, but not limited to an NGOs, a university, a foundation or a public body/authority) who signs as local counterpart for the EUSPR conference organisation (“Conference Host”).

These standards outline the conditions, infrastructure, capacities and commitments that the EUSPR needs to have in place in order to successfully organise its conferences (“Minimum Standards”). 

If you are interested in becoming a conference host, please, check the files below:

Procedure and Minimum Standards for EUSPR conferences

Conference Sponsorship Memorandum of Understanding

 

EUSPR 2023 Conference FAQ

My country is not listed in the registration form. Can I participate in this conference?
Yes, absolutely. Just scroll all the way down and select “Other”. Countries not listed are considered Level C for registration purposes.

My registration is shown as “unpaid” but I have made a bank transfer, is there a problem?
Nothing to worry about! If you have chosen to pay your fees via bank transfer, it may take a couple of days until we manually process your payment. If your organization is processing the payment, make sure your details are mentioned in the bank statement.

I have registered for the virtual conference. How do I participate in the hybrid and virtual events of the conference?
Delegates registered for the virtual option will receive an email with the links for the hybrid and online events of the conference, as well as a Slack workspace invitation to interact with online and onsite delegates.

What should I prepare for my poster presentation?
Poster presenters should submit a poster (PDF) exported from PPT (or similar) in the “Final Submissions” section of Ex Ordo.

See examples of past presentations here and here. You can design similar posters using PowerPoint, Keynote, or other. Templates are readily available online; you can download the regular template and Early Career template. If you wish to use your own design, include the EUSPR and Conference logos.

When is the deadline to submit my poster?
Deadline has been extended to 22nd of September. You can submit your poster file in your Ex Ordo profile. If you need a step-by-step guide on how to do it, check the author’s support website for this and more popular articles.

As a presenting author, do I need to be available during my poster session?
Yes. Poster presentations will be uploaded in our Slack workspace and poster presenters will be able to interact with delegates in the Slack platform. You should be available during the session to receive feedback and answer questions.

What should I prepare for my oral communication?
Oral presenters can present using the format suitable for their discipline/purpose. For most, this will likely involve a slide deck (e.g., PowerPoint presentation) of some kind. Oral presentations do not need to be uploaded. Just make sure you bring a flash drive or similar with the presentation file to Sarajevo.

How much time do I have to present at the conference?
Oral communication’s times vary depending on the presentation format (oral communication, Pechakucha, Campfire). Check the live schedule in ExOrdo for more details.

What time is my presentation?
The schedule of the conference has gone live already. You can check it out live in your ExOrdo profile or you can access the pdf version here:

EUSPR detailed programme

As a presenting author, should I attend the conference both days?
The scheduling procedure for allocating parallel sessions is quite complex. If you accept to present an abstract at the EUSPR Conference onsite, you should plan to arrive and depart with enough time to attend the whole conference.

Will I receive a certificate for my participation at the conference?
Authors will receive a certificate for their presentation, while attendees will receive a certification of participation upon request to office@euspr.org.

Will there be a book of abstracts or journal publication with my abstract submission?
The final programme will include all the abstracts and authors’ details. These abstracts will not be part of a journal publication, but if you are interested in publishing in the field of prevention science, get in touch with our Journal of Prevention editorial board.

2023 Award nominations

European Society for Prevention Research 2023 Awards

Call for nominations 

Nominations for 2023 EUSPR awards are now open. The closing data for nomination is Thursday 7th September. This is an important opportunity for EUSPR members to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to Prevention Science. Please see the attached information with information about the awards, how to submit a nomination and the criteria that will be used to judge them.

This year’s judging panel will comprise a subgroup of the EUSPR board, and up to five other members of the Society. We invite members to apply to be a member of the judging panel. Please submit your expression of interest to office@euspr.org with a brief explanation of why you would like to be part of the judging panel and the relevant experience/skills you can offer.

Awards-Nomination-Form-and-Guidance 2023

2023 Keynote speakers

Keynote speakerPresentation titleBiography
Freia De Bock
Strengthening evidence-based prevention and health promotion – a systems perspective

In the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges in public health decision-making became clearly visible: Decisions related to children's health, e.g., school, playground, and sports field closures and testing regimes, were made primarily from an infection control perspective, rather than in terms of comprehensive public health prevention and care. Children were not involved in the decision-making processes. As a result of the decisions made, their health and developmental risks have increased in relevant ways (e.g., increase in depression, obesity). This has revealed the deficits of our society in making well-considered public health decisions, in the sense of protecting children in our societies.
Nevertheless, more and more governments adopt and endorse the concept of evidence-based public health, such as the Prevention Act in Germany, focusing on prevention and health promotion as core functions of public health. Evidence-based public health encompasses a systematic, transparent and structured decision-making, in which scientific evidence is integrated with stakeholder input to weigh and balance out effects and side effects, but also feasibility and acceptance of potential measures.
We present applied definitions and practice-oriented checklists to operationalize evidence-based prevention and health promotion both at the level of decision-making and of concrete interventions in different settings (De Bock et al., Federal Centre for Health Education’s Memorandum on Evidence-based Prevention and Health Promotion). In sequence, we discuss, which steps and processes are necessary for evolving systems of prevention to meet the requirement of evidence-based public health.
These steps and processes include comprehensive, system-wide capacity building activities, facilitating the necessary organizational, cultural and policy support as well as implementation requirements for evidence-based action in prevention. In terms of organizations, i) emphasising the value of evidence-based action within organizations, ii) ensuring access to existing databases featuring evidence-based interventions and translating evidence for practice, iii) advancing competencies of the workforce in searching and interpreting evidence syntheses as well as iv) promoting a systematic cooperation between practitioners and researchers seems key. In terms of policy support, decision makers in policy and practice should draw on a shared understanding of the concept of i) evidence-based prevention and of ii) the differentiated need for effect evaluations, ensuring the generation of evidence while implementing interventions. The latter should be supported by funding agencies, which could make evidence-generation a requirement for all prevention measures financed by public money. As a way to promote these developments, both accreditation programs for institutions with public health missions as well as secondary education programs (e.g. providing master degrees) in public health should define evidence-based public health as a key requirement /professional competency to be achieved.
Last but not least, to increase societal resilience in times of crises and to protect children’s health, decision-making processes are needed that are more inclusive of children and their families as stakeholders and that systematize in a transparent way the best available knowledge on consequences (i.e., effects and side effects) of public health decisions.
Prof. Freia De Bock PhD (F) – Head of the Department of Child Health Services Research at the Medical Faculty of Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany – obtained her degree as a medical doctor and Dr. med. in 2005 and continued her education in public health and epidemiology through the Clinical Effectiveness Program at Harvard University (USA) and a Master's degree in public health at Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), graduating in August 2012. Parallely, she finished her fellowship in Pediatrics and then worked as a Pediatric Specialist at the Social Paediatric Center Frankfurt Mitte. She completed her habilitation in child public health in 2014 and gained an affiliated professorship at the University of Heidelberg in 2017. At the Mannheim Institute for Public Health (MIPH) of the University of Heidelberg, she built up an interdisciplinary working group of early prevention and health promotion and health services research.
From 2018 on, she took over the position as head of the department “Efficiency and Effectiveness of Health Education” at the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in Germany, where she built up comprehensive political networks and health policy expertise, while remaining affiliated professor of child public health at the Heidelberg University, Mannheim Institute of Public Health (www.miph.de). In 2020, she was appointed to the WHO-TAG (working group) on schooling in times of COVID-19 and in 2021 was asked as a member of the scientific board of Santé Publique France, the national Public Health Institute in France.
In 2022, she was offered two Full Professorships at both the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. She took over the position of Professor of Child Health Services Research in Düsseldorf, which bridges the Department of General Pediatrics, Neonatology and Pediatric Cardiology with the Centre for Health and Society (chs) at the Medical Faculty and is the first Child Health Services Research Professorship in Germany. Since april 2022, Freia De Bock has been building up the new department, which combines research in health services and public health for children and families. She also remains partly active in patient care within the social pediatric center of the University Hospital Düsseldorf.
Meliha Bijedic
Ensuring a safe environment for youth
through preventive strategies

Summary: Creating a safe environment for youth through preventive strategies involves a comprehensive approach that addresses different aspects of their well-being, including physical safety, mental health and social support. By implementing preventive strategies, through communities, especially through schools, we can take proactive steps to preserve the mental health of youth and create a stimulating environment in which they can thrive emotionally and psychologically.
Among others, one of the biggest challenges we face is youth gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the evidence-based prevention programs will be presented, as well as strategies used in working with young people.
There is a need to create a strong infrastructure for preventive work in BiH, which will require long-term commitment, cooperation and constant efforts of all stakeholders. Creating a strong infrastructure can improve the overall well-being of the population, reduce health care costs, and create a healthier and more prosperous society.
Meliha Bijedic, PhD professor at the Department of Behavioural Disorders, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Tuzla. Main activities and responsibilities are focus of research and teaching in treatment of children and youth with behaviour disorders. In recent years, she has worked a lot on the development of cooperation projects with a focus on influencing and strengthening the structural level of social policy and social planning capacity. Therefore, topics such as empowerment, sustainability, multidimensional approach, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation are her main research topics. She was mostly involved in the research of juvenile delinquency, but in recent years she has focused on the prevention of youth gambling. It encourages the transfer of knowledge between different stakeholders and interest groups, especially between the state and civil society.
Ana Terra Amorim-Maia
Bridging the Gap: Prevention Research, Urban Infrastructures, and Climate Adaptation

In an era defined by climate change, urbanization, and growing environmental challenges, the need for proactive and innovative solutions has never been more apparent. This keynote presentation will explore the potential synergies between prevention research, urban infrastructures, and climate adaptation, underlining the actionable hope that unites them.
Climate change affects prevention research by introducing new dimensions of risk, vulnerabilities, and inequalities. Dr Ana Amorim-Maia’s talk will delve into actionable measures, indicators, and strategies that prevention practitioners and stakeholders can incorporate into their daily practice to improve lives, protect communities, and address climate challenges more effectively.
In the talk, Dr Amorim-Maia will share inspiring real-world examples of cities that have harnessed the principles of prevention research to mitigate climate-related risks and improve the well-being of their citizens, with a particular focus on urban infrastructures. Participants will also learn how interdisciplinary collaboration can yield innovative strategies and breakthrough solutions.
Drawing on extensive experience, Dr Ana Amorim-Maia will illustrate how prevention research can play a pivotal role in crafting more resilient, sustainable, and thriving urban environments, and guide us through a journey that reframes climate change not as a doomsday scenario but as an opportunity for positive change. In a world seeking actionable hope, this keynote will provide practical insights to, collectively, create positive change in our institutions, cities, and beyond.
Dr. Ana Terra Amorim-Maia is a postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change. Her research focuses on the crucial and timely task of exploring how cities can adapt to climate change while addressing various social and environmental injustices. With a firm focus on both academic rigour and practical application, Dr. Amorim-Maia delves deeply into areas such as intersectionality, vulnerability, environmental politics, and inclusion in the context of urban climate adaptation. Dr. Amorim-Maia earned a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Her academic journey also includes an Erasmus Mundus master's degree in Environmental Studies – Cities and Sustainability from four European institutions and a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo. Recognized for her expertise and accomplishments, Dr. Amorim-Maia has been invited to lend her insights as an expert to prominent organizations such as UNWomen, C40, and ICLEI.
Katrine Bach
Climate-positive behaviours: protecting health with behavioural and cultural insights

Summary: Successfully combating major public health challenges, including the prevention and effects of climate change, involves exploring and addressing the root causes of related behaviours. This has led WHO Regional Office for Europe to prioritize behavioural and cultural insights (BCI) as a flagship programme. In her talk, Katrine Bach Habersaat will focus on the critical role of behavioural insights and cultural context analysis in prevention efforts, including for climate change. She will also share how WHO Europe works with Member States, partners and a broad range of stakeholders to advance and promote this area of work.
Health and climate change are intrinsically linked. Climate change-related events can lead to death, illness and impacts on quality of life, well-being and mental health. At the same time there are synergies in prevention efforts that seek to reduce carbon oxide emissions and those that relate to healthier lifestyles and ambient air quality. Katrine Bach Habersaat will explore how public health authorities alongside WHO and other partners can apply behavioural and social sciences and cultural context analysis in these prevention efforts, sharing also examples of tools and guidance to support this work.
Katrine Bach Habersaat is the Regional Advisor and programme lead for Behavioural and Cultural Insights (BCI) at WHO Regional Office for Europe. She has over 20 years of experience in applying behavioural insights with a track record of published papers in this field. She has previously worked for the Red Cross, the Egmont Foundation and consultancy companies. Before engaging in her current position, she oversaw the vaccine acceptance and demand work of the regional WHO vaccination programme, with a focus on behavioural insights and interventions for increased vaccination uptake.
Klaus M. Beier
The pandemic of child sexual abuse

The term ‘pandemic’ (from the ancient Greek ‘pan’ meaning total, comprehensive, all and ‘demos’ meaning people) is one we have all become intimately acquainted with in the past years. While the term describes a globally widespread disease and is generally understood to refer to infectious diseases, child sexual abuse (CSA) and the use of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a health issue so prevalent worldwide that it has, arguably, reached the level of a pandemic. Is there a CSA pandemic?

According to figures published by the World Health Organization, one in five women and one in thirteen men aged 17 or younger have been sexually abused worldwide (WHO, 2013). Meanwhile, the use of CSAM is increasing on a global scale. In 2010, the Internet Watch Foundation identified 1351 websites containing what is sometimes described as ‘child pornography’. The number of these identified sites escalated to 13,182 in 2013 and to 132,730 by 2019 (Internet Watch Foundation, 2020), a shocking near one-hundred-fold increase in just nine years. This increase is explained by the growth of the dark web and technical developments that make searching for and locating CSAM easier for users but detection of these users harder for law enforcement. The use of CSAM is problematic especially because it creates a demand for, and maintains, ‘contact CSA’. As a result, children are sexually abused repeatedly to continually produce content. Based on an enormous number of unreported cases, these statistics represent only the tip of the
iceberg.
Our speakers will speak to three aspects of the child sexual abuse pandemic: impact, prevention and evaluation. Turningto prevention, Prof. Klaus M Beier will describe the typology of offenders who sexually abuse children, possibilities of preventive accessibility of individuals with a pedophilic and/or hebephilic inclination, and therapeutic interventions for pedophilically and/or hebephilically inclined individuals to increase sexual behavioral control and improve their mental health status. Further he will explore the international establishment of causer-related prevention approaches via internet-based self-management tools and anonymous remote treatment options for individuals with sexual attraction towards children.
Klaus M. Beier studied medicine (M.D. 1986) and philosophy (Ph.D. 1988). He is a specialized physician for psychosomatics and psychotherapy and since 1996 the head of the Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (University Clinic). He is in charge of the undergraduate training of medical school students in sexual medicine (more than 600 per year) as well as the post- graduate training for physicians and psychologists in this field. He is also responsible for the Outpatient Clinic of the Institute which offers assessment and treatment for the full range of sexual disorders and gender dysphoria. His main focus in research is the prevention of child sexual abuse. The goal is to encourage self-identified undetected pedophiles to seek professional help in order to avoid committing child sexual abuse or the use of child abuse images. For this purpose, in 2005 he initiated the “Prevention Project Dunkelfeld” which has now extended to 11 additional locations all over Germany (www.dont-offend.org). Since 2014, Prof. Beier has expanded the prevention approach to recruit juveniles aged between 12 and 18, who display sexually deviant behavior towards children and/or phantasies about the body image of children (www.just-dreaming-of-them.org). 2017 he started the worldwide useable internet-based self-management tool “Troubled Desire” for assessment and treatment in case of pedophilia to prevent child sexual abuse, the use of child abuse images and to arrange contacts to therapists according to the law in each country, even those with mandatory reporting laws (www.troubled-desire.com). Regarding these efforts, in 2017, he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking
The pandemic of child sexual abuse

The term ‘pandemic’ (from the ancient Greek ‘pan’ meaning total, comprehensive, all and ‘demos’ meaning people) is one we have all become intimately acquainted with in the past years. While the term describes a globally widespread disease and is generally understood to refer to infectious diseases, child sexual abuse (CSA) and the use of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a health issue so prevalent worldwide that it has, arguably, reached the level of a pandemic. Is there a CSA pandemic?

According to figures published by the World Health Organization, one in five women and one in thirteen men aged 17 or younger have been sexually abused worldwide (WHO, 2013). Meanwhile, the use of CSAM is increasing on a global scale. In 2010, the Internet Watch Foundation identified 1351 websites containing what is sometimes described as ‘child pornography’. The number of these identified sites escalated to 13,182 in 2013 and to 132,730 by 2019 (Internet Watch Foundation, 2020), a shocking near one-hundred-fold increase in just nine years. This increase is explained by the growth of the dark web and technical developments that make searching for and locating CSAM easier for users but detection of these users harder for law enforcement. The use of CSAM is problematic especially because it creates a demand for, and maintains, ‘contact CSA’. As a result, children are sexually abused repeatedly to continually produce content. Based on an enormous number of unreported cases, these statistics represent only the tip of the
iceberg.
Our speakers will speak to three aspects of the child sexual abuse pandemic: impact, prevention and evaluation.In relation to the impact of child sexual abuse, Dr. Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking will share findings from large epidemiological studies (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study; National Comorbidity Survey) about the prevalence and the burden of sexual abuse in the general population and will explore the difficulty of obtaining reliable information from victims of abuse and how this difficulty can be explained by mechanisms of dissociative amnesia and by intrapersonal dynamics due to identification with guilt and shame. Finally, he will explain the mechanisms of transgenerational transmission and repetition of traumatic imprint.
Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking, MD, is an associate professor for psychiatry and psychotherapy, scientist and book author. Originally from Germany, he is living in the French-speaking part of Switzerland for more than 20 years. He has conducted research at various universities, including Harvard, on the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the development of post-traumatic disorders and of addiction. As a clinician, he is specialized in the treatment of post-traumatic and of addictive disorders for many years. Currently, he is conducting a research project at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) on the topic of burnout. With a special authorization from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health he is conducting psychedelic-assisted therapies with substances such as LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA as well as with Ketamine.
Aengus Ó Dochartaigh
The pandemic of child sexual abuse

The term ‘pandemic’ (from the ancient Greek ‘pan’ meaning total, comprehensive, all and ‘demos’ meaning people) is one we have all become intimately acquainted with in the past years. While the term describes a globally widespread disease and is generally understood to refer to infectious diseases, child sexual abuse (CSA) and the use of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a health issue so prevalent worldwide that it has, arguably, reached the level of a pandemic. Is there a CSA pandemic?

According to figures published by the World Health Organization, one in five women and one in thirteen men aged 17 or younger have been sexually abused worldwide (WHO, 2013). Meanwhile, the use of CSAM is increasing on a global scale. In 2010, the Internet Watch Foundation identified 1351 websites containing what is sometimes described as ‘child pornography’. The number of these identified sites escalated to 13,182 in 2013 and to 132,730 by 2019 (Internet Watch Foundation, 2020), a shocking near one-hundred-fold increase in just nine years. This increase is explained by the growth of the dark web and technical developments that make searching for and locating CSAM easier for users but detection of these users harder for law enforcement. The use of CSAM is problematic especially because it creates a demand for, and maintains, ‘contact CSA’. As a result, children are sexually abused repeatedly to continually produce content. Based on an enormous number of unreported cases, these statistics represent only the tip of the
iceberg.
Our speakers will speak to three aspects of the child sexual abuse pandemic: impact, prevention and evaluation.

Finally, Aengus Ó Dochartaigh will make the case for perpetration prevention by considering the role of evaluation. He will give an overview and progress report on the Global Perpetration Prevention Project, a 5-
year, $10m project evaluating primary and secondary prevention interventions. He will share early reflections on scalability, such as barriers, opportunities, and recommendations and will make the case for political prioritization and funding for this imperative topic
Aengus Ó Dochartaigh is Outreach Director at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Here he leads international partnerships and engagement to ensure that emerging evidence of effective strategies to prevent child sexual abuse, informs and supports policy, practice and funding. Aengus is also currently serving as Advisory Board Chair of Ignite Philanthropy – Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys, a pooled donor fund; and was previously Director of Strategy and Operations at Human Dignity Foundation, leading major investments to tackle child sexual abuse. Prior to this focus on the prevention of child sexual abuse, Aengus worked for consultancies and NGOs in the international development sector, living in Palestine and Fiji and working extensively across west, east, and southern Africa.
Other keynote speakersPresentation titleBiography
Emily Warren
Are realist randomised controlled trials possible? A reflection on the INCLUSIVE evaluation of a whole-school, bullying-prevention intervention





Emily Warren, G.J. Melendez-Torres and Chris Bonell won the 2022 President Award with this work.

Emily Warren, the keynote speaker in charge of this presentation, is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she evaluates public policies and complex interventions using realist approaches. Her PhD focused on the philosophical compatibility and practical feasibility of realist randomised controlled trials. Her methodological interests allow her to work across a range of public health topics including health in early years, school-based interventions, and sexual health and wellbeing.

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).

 

 

14th EUSPR Conference update: abstract submission extended

The deadline for abstract submission for the 14th EUSPR Conference has been extended until July 15th, 2023.

Abstract proposals may be submitted through the Ex Ordo platform. All proposals will be peer reviewed and the scientific committee may suggest changes.

The 14th EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 5th-6th October 2023, with workshops scheduled for the 4th October.

Our theme this year is ‘Optimizing Prevention Infrastructures’ and our keynotes and special sessions will focus on discussing the challenges facing prevention science. During the conference, several aspects of strengthening prevention infrastructures and systems will be explored, including ways to improve interventions, enhance decision-making processes, optimize funding, and professionalize the workforce. The goal of the conference is to connect research with practical needs and find ways to bridge the gap between the two.

We invite you to prepare and submit abstracts on the conference theme, but also welcome submissions on all prevention science related topics, including discussion papers, and theoretical and methodological developments in the following formats:

  • Oral Communication | On-site
    A formal, research-based 12-minute-long presentation with a focus on high quality prevention research (including methodology, epidemiology, aetiology, intervention outcomes, implementation, evidence-based programmes and policy, etc.). Talks will be followed by a short Q&A session (3 minutes).
  • Online poster | Via Slack
    Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. Posters should be in portrait orientation.
  • Pecha Kucha (or 20×20) | On-site
    Pecha Kucha means ‘chit-chat’ and is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (total 7 minutes + 3 minutes for questions). Slides should contain as little text as possible and pictures are preferred. Presenters will be asked to time their slides sot that they change automatically every 20 seconds. It is a suitable format to present creative work on interventions, a research project, a prevention advocacy event, talk about evidence needs, ways in which researchers and practitioners/policymakers can work together, structures and systems, etc. An example: https://wabisabilearning.com/blogs/technology-integration/how-to-make-great-presentations-with-pecha-kucha
  • Symposium | On-site
    A symposium includes a chair, three to four presenters, and a discussant (optional). Symposia are scheduled in 60 to 80-minute time slots and should allow for discussion among presenters and the audience. Authors should include a summary of the symposium and the title and abstract corresponding to each presentation.
  • Campfire | On-site
    A single presenter talks about their work or an important idea for 10-15 minutes, and then acts as their own facilitator, inviting comments, insights, and questions (10-15 minutes) from audience members in the room.

Please, remember you can set up your ExOrdo account and register for the conference here

Save the date: 14th EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, 4th – 6th October 2023, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

EUSPR 2023 is being held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in October 5th and 6th 2023, with workshops and project meetings scheduled for the pre-conference day, October 4th. The chosen venue is the Swissotel Sarajevo, close to the city centre. 

Our theme this year is ‘Optimizing Prevention Infrastructures’ and our keynotes and special sessions will focus on discussing the challenges facing prevention science.  

During the conference, several aspects of strengthening prevention infrastructures and systems will be explored, including ways to improve interventions, enhance decision-making processes, optimize funding, and professionalize the workforce. The goal of the conference is to connect research with practical needs and find ways to bridge the gap between the two.

We invite you to submit your abstracts in line with the conference theme, although submissions on all prevention science related topics are welcome, including discussion papers and theoretical and methodological developments. Instructions for authors on the specific characteristics of each presentation format will be available on our website. In addition, posters will be presented virtually, and some keynote sessions will be broadcasted online. 

Please, note that the deadline for the abstract submissions has been extended until July 15th

You can set up your ExOrdo account and register for the conference here

In addition to these exciting theme presentations, there will be many opportunities for exploring the city of Sarajevo, trying out the tastes of Sarajevo and discovering the culture while socializing with familiar and new colleagues.

Fees have been determined in correspondence with the average academic salary of the country of employment, adjusted for the cost of living.

If you are an early career, consider applying for a bursary to attend the conference in person.

Early bird fees (from 4th July – 4th September 2023) – Level A & B countries

  • EUSPR Members (includes 2024 membership) – 170€ 
  • Full renewal (includes 2023 and 2024 membership) – 255€ (Level A); 215€ (Level B) 
  • Non-members of the EUSPR (includes 2024 membership) – 220€

Early bird fees (from 4th July – 4th September 2023) – Level C countries, students, retirees/seniors

  • EUSPR Members (includes 2024 membership) – 75€ 
  • Full renewal (includes 2023 and 2024 membership) –  105€ 
  • Non-members of the EUSPR (includes 2024 membership) – 125€

Full fees for Level A & B countries (5th September – 4th October)

  • EUSPR Members (includes 2024 membership) – 195€ 
  • Full renewal (includes 2023 and 2024 membership) – 280€ (Level A), 240€ (Level B). 
  • Non-members of the EUSPR (includes 2024 membership) – 245€

Full fees for Level C countries, students, retirees/seniors (5th September – 4th October)

  • EUSPR Members (includes 2024 membership) – 100€ 
  • Full renewal (including 2023 and 2024 membership) – 130€ 
  • Non-members of the EUSPR (includes 2024 membership) – 150€

Virtual registration

  • Access to poster presentations and keynote sessions during the conference
  • Virtual poster presentation via Slack
  • EUSPR 2024 membership
  • 100€

Group A countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA.

Group B countries: Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, and Turkey.

Group C countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. This category also includes all other countries in non-European territories that have not been mentioned above.

If you would like to participate, you are welcome to submit an abstract on the conference theme or any other prevention science related topic. You can also submit discussion papers, and theoretical and methodological developments.

In addition to these exciting theme presentations, there will be many opportunities for exploring the city of Sarajevo, trying out the tastes of Bosnia and discovering the culture while socializing with familiar and new colleagues.

Remember you can set up your ExOrdo account and register for the conference here

If you have any questions, contact the conference manager at conference@euspr.org.

EUSPR 2023 Scientific Committee