the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)

The 9th Annual Conference of the ISSDP: Ghent 20-22 May 2015

Further information and the call for papers are available at:

On behalf of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), we are excited to invite you to join us in the charming and picturesque city of Ghent, Belgium on 20-22 May, 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD) which is part of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghent. Researchers and/or practitioners interested in contributing papers are encouraged to submit abstracts or panel proposals before 15 January. The call for papers is available here:

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Prof. Dr. Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK), Prof. Dr. David Moore (National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia), Prof. Dr. Ludwig Kraus (IFT Institut für Therapieforschung, Munich, Germany), Dr. Jallal Toufiq (Ar-razi University Psychiatric Hospital, the National Center for Drug Abuse Prevention and Research, Morocco), Dr. Frank Masao (Methadone Clinic – Tanzania AIDS Prevention Program (TAPP), Psychiatry Department and methadone clinic, Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania), Dr. Reychad Abdool (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)).

The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) seeks to encourage and support outstanding research in drug policy. One of the ways we do this is by recognizing, each year, the best paper presented by an early career scholar (i.e. within five years of his/her PhD) at the annual ISSDP scientific conference. Competitive scholarships are available for PhD students, Asian scholars and scholars from developing countries. Further information is available here:

Selected papers presented at the ISSDP conference will be considered for publication as part of guest-edited themed sections in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
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We hope to see you all in Ghent in May 2015!

Alison Ritter, President, ISSDP

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