We are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for EUSPR 2019 has opened and will close on Friday 17th May. Outcomes will be announced well before the end of our Early Bird registration period, and so those submitting will have plenty of time to take advantage of our discounted conference rates.

EUSPR 2019 is being held in Ghent, Belgium on 16th and 17th September 2019, with workshops and project meetings scheduled for the 18th. Our theme this year is ‘Looking over the Wall’ and our keynotes and special sessions will focus on optimising cross-disciplinary working and improving the ways in which different groups in the prevention field – practitioners, policy makers, researchers, communities – can work together.

Prevention Science is widely recognized as being an interdisciplinary field. It develops interventions to address a range of health issues, including substance misuse, mental health, diet/nutrition and sexual health.  To do so it draws on multiple disciplinary perspectives (e.g. epidemiology, implementation science, social sciences, and evaluation methods).  Specialist knowledge (on particular health behaviours or methods) is important, but there is also much to gain from bringing together these different perspectives and sets of knowledge within Prevention Science. 

Disciplinary traditions and organizational structures can sometimes create barriers (or ‘walls’) to the sharing of expertise and learning across different areas of work.  Whilst working within a familiar subject field or a professional network may feel ‘comfortable’, there is much to be gained from looking ‘over the wall’, learning from the work of others and forming interdisciplinary teams.  The interdisciplinary approach of Prevention Science encourages researchers and practitioners to look beyond the ‘walls’ of their own subject/methodological interests and professional networks.  There are important opportunities for Prevention Scientists to develop partnerships with and to learn from researchers and professionals in other fields, with the chance to develop new and rewarding partnerships.  Equally, it is now widely recognized there are often important mutual insights for prevention scientists working across different health behaviours.  The same risk and protective factor may shape multiple health behaviour for instance, and lessons learned from implementation of interventions for one health behaviour may be applied in other areas.

 Policies, programs and projects targeting multiple risk factors can affect multiple behaviours and conditions thus strengthening their impact. Communicating with experts in other areas facilitates translation of research and can contribute to a more holistic approach. Furthermore, looking over the walls in research and practice may enhance the cost effectiveness of interventions, which is of significant interest to policymakers.

 Therefore, this year’s conference will have a particular emphasis on looking ‘over walls’.  We are interested in how Prevention Science can learn from colleagues who are concerned with different health behaviours or methods – both within and beyond the field.  And the conference will also explore how Prevention Science can learn from (and share its insights) with the work of other disciplines, such as marketing, user-centred design or communication. These exchanges can help develop ways of improving the reach of interventions among neglected target audiences, and to explore the digital environment including its novel perspectives on curiosity, affiliation, masking and substitution mechanisms.

This year’s conference Looking over the Wall embraces an interdisciplinary perspective, and welcomes presentations on multicomponent programs, or on strategies for the modification of multiple risk behaviours.

We encourage participants to share their experiences on:

  • Examples of projects working on a broad spectrum of risk behaviours
  • Approaches and components that may effectively tackle different risk behaviors simultaneously
  • Unconventional sectors to bridge with when “looking over the walls”
  • Changes in professional skills that will be necessary in research, policy-making and practices when aiming for a cross-disciplinary and inter-sectorial approach to prevention

Co-organisers and collaborating organisations

We are very pleased that the 2019 conference is co-organised and supported by University College Ghent (HoGent) and Ghent University.

The conference proceeds in collaboration with the Public Health Institute (PHI) at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, the European Institute of Studies on Prevention (IREFREA), Spain and the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain (UIB).