On the 30th of December 2010 the Society was formally approved and registered by the Polish authorities as an international not-for-profit organization, 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, Majorca.
The core mission of the Society as sanctioned in the Statute can be summarised as follows:
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.
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.