Pompidou Group - Combating drug abuse and drug trafficking

Annual Conferences of the ESSD
The annual ESSD conferences consist of short presentations, grouped by research areas and focussing on study designs and research methods, followed by discussion of all presentations.

These conferences provide a unique meeting point for researchers to get informal peer reviews on their approach of drugs research questions.

It is an ESSD tradition to hold the annual conference in a different European country each year, preferably alternating between North, South, East and West Europe.


23rd annual conference - 4-6 October 2012, Athens (Greece)
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22nd annual conference - 22-24 September 2011, Aarhus (Denmark)


21st annual conference - 30 Sept.- 2 October 2010, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

The 21st annual conference held in Dubrovnik was organised by the Croatian Office for combating Drug Abuse. During the two and half days conference, 33 presentations were made.

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20th annual conference - 24-26 September 2009, Belfast (Northern Ireland)

The 20th ESSD Conference, held on 24-26 September 2009 in Belfast, was organised by the Queens University Belfast and was very successful.

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19th annual conference - 2-4 October 2008, Budapest (Hungary)

The 19th annual conference of the ESSD was held in Budapest (Hungary) and was organised by the Addiction Research Centre of the Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) and the Bonger Institute of Criminology (Amsterdam).

During the two and a half days conference, 50 researchers from 21 European countries presented some 36 current research projects for discussion with their colleagues about conceptual design and methodological issues

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18th annual conference - 12-14 October 2007, Krakow (Poland)

The ESSD 18th annual conference It was organised in Krakow (Poland) by the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology (Warsaw) and the Bonger Institute of Criminology (Amsterdam) and kindly hosted by the University College of Krakow.

During this conference, 40 researchers from 15 European countries presented some 30 current research projects for discussion with their colleagues about conceptual design and methodological issues. Cannabis had been highlighted as the common theme for the 2007 conference and was in particular addressed in several studies related to the issue of the drug market. The drugs market seems often neglected in research programmes but the presentations showed that analysis of this market can result in interesting conclusions that are relevant for both demand and supply reduction.

Other themes in the presentations included the concepts of normalisation of drug use, the complex issue of poly-drug use and the illicit or non-prescribed use of medical drugs.

As in previous years a selection of the presented projects will be elaborated into short articles to be published with support of the Pompidou Group in a booklet about contemporary social drug research. Cannabis will be the general theme of the book.