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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

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • VENUE GUIDE

    The conference organisers have provided a short guide how to arrive at the conference venue and other important places.

    At the RMV website you can get all the important information you need for travelling by bus and rail in Frankfurt.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • FINAL PROGRAMME

    The final programme can now be found at the conference page.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • ESSD CONFERENCE START

    Participants are invited to an informal pre-conference meeting at Zur Stalburg on Wednesday 21 September from 19:30.

    Registration starts at the conference venue (IG-Farben-Haus) on Thursday 22 September from 09:15.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • UPCOMING CONFERENCE

    The preliminary programme and book of abstracts for the upcoming ESSD conference in Frankfurt have been added to the conference page.

JULY 2016

  • ESSD DEPP SPECIAL ISSUE 2017

    ESSD are working with the peer reviewed journal Drugs: education prevention and policy for a special issue on social drugs research in Europe.

    ESSD members are invited to submit a 500-1000 word proposal for a paper by 1 September 2016.

    More information

MARCH 2016

  • EXTENDED DEADLINE

    The deadline for abstract submission for the ESSD Conference in Frankfurt has been extended to 31 March, 2016.

    More information

MARCH 2016

  • NEW ESSD BOOK

    Eleven ESSD members contributed to a new peer-reviewed book that presents "a state-of-the art picture of the diversity in today's world of drug use and drug distribution":

    Between street and screen
    Traditions and innovations in the drugs field


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

FEBRUARY 2016

  • CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

    Social drug researchers in Europe are invited to submit abstracts for the 27th Annual ESSD Conference in Frankfurt.

    Submission deadline is 20 March, 2016.

    More information

FEBRUARY 2016

  • ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016

    This year's conference will take place
    22 - 24 September 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Further information will be posted in due time.

DECEMBER 2015

  • NEW ESSD BOARD

    The new ESSD Interim Board includes eight members. See the Organisation page.

NOVEMBER 2015

  • CALL FOR OUTLINES

    Each year ESSD publishes a peer reviewed book. Inspired by the 2015 annual conference in Glasgow, the theme of the upcoming book will be: EVIDENCE IN SOCIAL DRUG RESEARCH AND DRUG POLICY.
    Those who are interested in writing a chapter for the book are kindly requested to submit an outline no later than December 18, 2015.

    Call for outlines

AUGUST 2015

  • PROGRAMME

    The 2015 Conference Programme has been added to the Annual Conference page.


Annual Conference 2016

22-24 September
Frankfurt, Germany

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well-known researchers in the field of social research on recreational drugs from all over Europe
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keynote speech by Prof. dr. Heino Stöver
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best presentation by an early career scholar will be awarded
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participation is free of charge
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