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The ESSD was founded in 1990 as an association of European social scientists working on drug issues. Its principal aim is to promote social science approaches to drug research, with special reference to the situation in Europe. The society holds annual conferences and publishes an annual book with chapters by ESSD members.

News and Updates

NOVEMBER 2017

  • EXTENDED DEADLINE

    The deadline for submission of outlines for the ESSD book (see below) has been extended to Friday, December 1st, 2017.

OCTOBER 2017

  • CALL FOR OUTLINES

    Inspired by the 2017 annual conference in Lisbon, and supported by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the ESSD will once again publish a peer-reviewed book:

    PLACE AND SPACE IN DRUG USE, MARKETS AND POLICY.

    Those who are interested in writing a chapter for the book are invited to submit an outline (600-800 words) no later than Friday, November 17, 2017.

    More information

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • BOOK OF ABSTRACTS

    View the book of abstracts for summaries of presentations at the upcoming ESSD conference in Lisbon.

    book of abstracts

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • NEW ESSD PUBLICATION

    Five articles by ESSD members have been published in the August issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. This special issue was guest-edited by ESSD editorial board members.



    DEPP special issue

JULY 2017

  • PROGRAMME UPDATE

    Two presentations have been added to the ESSD conference programme.

    Programme

JULY 2017

  • CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

    View the preliminary programme to see which 30 researchers will be presenting their work in Lisbon.

    Preliminary Programme

APRIL 2017

  • CALL FOR PAPERS - EXTENDED DEADLINE

    The deadline for abstracts for the ESSD conference in Lisbon (21-23 Sept 2017) has been extended to 20th April 2017.

    More information

MARCH 2017

  • CALL FOR PAPERS

    ESSD members and other researchers who wish to attend the 28th Annual Conference in Lisbon are invited to submit abstracts of their conference papers no later than 31st March, 2017.

    More information

JANUARY 2017

  • NEW ESSD PUBLICATION

    Twelve ESSD members contributed to a new peer-reviewed book, published with support of the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe.

    Evidence in European social drug research and drug policy



    This book can now be purchased from the publishers' website.

JANUARY 2017

  • 2017 CONFERENCE

    The 2017 ESSD conference will be hosted by the CIES-IUL University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal) and will take place on 21-23 September 2017.

JANUARY 2017

  • POLYDRUG WORKSHOP

    An international workshop titled Making Sense of Polydrug Use: Challenges and Responses will take place on Tuesday 22 August, 2017, at Paasitorni, Helsinki. The workshop is arranged in connection with the Contemporary Drug Problems conference that will be held on 23–25 August, also at Paasitorni, Helsinki.

    For more information, see the workshop’s website.

OCTOBER 2016

  • EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER AWARD

    ESSD congratulates Oskar Enghoff (Denmark) on winning the award for best presentation by an early career researcher at the 2016 ESSD conference in Frankfurt.




Annual Conference 2018

To be announced...