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

The 9th Annual Conference of the ISSDP will be held in Ghent on 20-22 May 2015

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. The ISD, founded in 2002, is a research group that conducts and promotes internationally relevant scientific research regarding different aspects of drug consumption, the supply of drugs, and local, national and transnational drug policies.

The venue for the conference (“Het Pand”, a former Dominican monastery and nowadays a historical monument) is situated in the historical town center at the banks of the river Leie. Historical places such as the Castle of the Counts, St Bavo’s Cathedral, Belfry as well as museums, restaurants and hotels are within 5-minute walking distance.

The ISSDP Conference is a unique occasion to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and dedicated scholarly community, and to immerse yourself in the state of the art across the full spectrum of drug policy research, with the participation of leading international scholars. Besides the plenary sessions, the 2015 ISSDP conference will offer space for panel discussions, poster sessions, workshops, etc.

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 recognising, 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. The award for the best presentation by an early career scholar will be announced during the closing session of the conference.

Further details about the conference and about the scholarships to support participation by doctoral students and scholars from developing countries will be available soon.

We hope to see you all in Ghent in May 2015.

Alison Ritter, President, ISSDP

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