Thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 8-11th September 2014.
Alcohol Policy Research: Putting together a global evidence base
Alcohol policies are on the societal agenda in a number of countries. There are widespread concerns about rises in rates of alcohol-induced health and social harms and how these may be countered. Countries like Australia which greatly liberalised their alcohol markets are holding inquiries and arguing about what can be done to reduce the harms. Middle-income countries with broad traditions of abstention are concerned about rising rates of alcohol problems as affluence increases. Internationally, WHO has a Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, and alcohol figures as a primary risk factor which must be controlled in the forthcoming global effort against Non-Communicable Diseases.
In this context, an international research conference on Alcohol Policy Research: Putting together a global evidence base will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 8-11th September 2014. The conference will be a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (http://www.kettilbruun.org/).
Organisation and Program Committee
The conference will be hosted by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point, in Melbourne (Sarah Callinan, Michael Livingston, Amy Pennay, Robin Room, Claire Wilkinson). A broader organising committee for the meeting includes Paul Dietze (Burnet Institute), Kypros Kypri (University of Newcastle), Peter Miller (Deakin University), Alison Ritter (University of New South Wales) and Emma Saleeba (VicHealth).
We would greatly appreciate it if you could please email your conference paper to email@example.com by the 8th August to enable programming and circulation prior to the meeting
Papers are welcome from a variety of methodological traditions, including controlled trials, population survey analyses, time-series analyses, cost-effectiveness studies, historical studies, ethnographic and observational studies, social psychology experimental studies and systematic reviews.
The conference will be organised around the first four themes below, although all abstracts relevant to the conference topic will be considered.
The following international researchers will present on the primary themes of the conference:
Size and Structure of the Meeting
We aim to have 50-70 scholars from various fields participating in the conference. Papers for the meeting will be circulated to participants in advance on a protected website, and introduced rather than read by the presenter, to allow as much meeting time as possible for discussion. Presentations will be organised in sessions of 1.5 hours with three or four papers per session; a chair and one or two discussants will be assigned to each session.
Time and Venue
The meeting will run from Monday 8th to to Thursday September 11th. There will be an open public forum on 12th September with summary presentations of selected papers from the meeting. Conference participants are welcome to stay on for this public forum. The conference will be held in Fitzroy, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne.
It is expected that a selection of papers from the meeting will be published (after revision) grouped in thematic issues of journals or otherwise.
Conference registration fee
There will be no registration fee for the conference, but those giving papers will be expected to find finance for their own travel and accommodation. The organisers will suggest hotel options at different price levels near the conference site.
Two forums are being run in conjunction with the Thematic Meeting. Details of both events are attached.
These events are being run with two of our conference supporters – The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and education (FARE).
We need you to RSVP to each of these events separately to help us with catering.
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund and is managed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
The conference is proudly supported by: