NordAN Conference 2002

    Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network

      12-13th October in Helsinki


alcohol and drugs in the Nordic and Baltic countries

workshops   /   new knowledge

new contacts   /   annual meeting

alcohol policy   /      recent research    

prevention    /   drug policy

treatment   /   experience exchange

intervention   /   networking

Welcome to the second annual conference ofNordAN!

The second annual conference of NordAN (the Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network) will take place October 12-13 this year in Helsinki, Finland. The first conference was held last year in Copenhagen, Denmark. Then we focussed on the change of traveller allowances for alcoholic beverages, and its consequences for alcohol taxation and consumption. This time we have a wider agenda.

This year's conference has four main themes:

- European public health cooperation in die World Health Organization and the European Union

- The narcotics situation and the principles of drug policy

- Local preventive work

- What works in the treatment of addictions?

As you can see in the program. we have managed to engage a number of prominent experts. We hope that the entire program will give much value to all participants.

An irnportant development is that we have started to build a network in the Baltic states. We hope to have a number of participants from these countries. Even if the main language of the conference is Scandinavian, we intend to provide summary interpretations into English of the Scandinavian presentations. The form for this will depend on the number of Baltic participants.

The past year has shown very clearly that a Nordic-Baltic network to support an alcohol anti drug policy based on solidarity is more important than ever. The consumption of alcohoi increases when the alcohol policy instruments are weakened. Youth experimentation with narcotic drugs is increasing. The multinational alcohol industries are entering the baltic states, establishing local companies and marketing drinking aggressively.

We can see how both the lobbying by the commercial alcohol industry against alcohol policy restrictions, and the the campaign for relaxing the policy against illegal drugs is becoming ever more well organized. The need for a stronger cooperatien to support and develop a socially responsible policy in the drug area in a broad sense - is obvious.

NordAN today has more than 40 member organisations in the Nordic and Baltic countries. We hope to see participants from even more organizations in the Helsinki conference in October.

Welcome to two stimulating and important days in the beautiful capital of Finland!


Gabriel Romanus
President of NordAN

PROGRAM


Saturday 12th October

09.30 Registration. Coffee/tea.
10.00  Welcome! Gabriel Romanus, President of NordAN
10.10  The need for network and cooperation. Outi Ojala, President of the Nordic Council
10.30  Implementing the European Alcohol Action Plan and building a European Alcohol Information     System, Lars Møller, MD, Program Manager, World Health Organisation, Regional 0ffice for Europe.             
11.10 Pause
11.30 WORKSHOPS (a or b)
        a) Local alcohol policy - examples: Moderator: Marja Holmila, Research Professor, Stakes, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health. Introduction: Sven Andréasson, Ass. Professor; Swedish Institute of Public Health and the STAD-project.
       
b) Which treatment works? Local examples: Moderator: Ritva Varamäki, Development Manager, Finnish Centre for Health Promotion.
12.30 LUNCH
13.30 WORKSHOPS continue
14.15 Recent changes in drug use and drug policies in the Nordic countries, Pia Rosenqvist, Department   Director, Nordic Council for Alcohol and Drug Research
15.00 Coffee/tea
15.30  Supply reduction, demand reduction or harm reduction - do we have to choose?
Markku Soikkeli, Development Director, Stakes
Jakob Lindberg, Former Deputy Director, Swedish Institute of Public Health
Moderator: Gabriel Romanus
17.00 Closing
19.00 Dinner

Sunday, 13th October

09.00 The alcohol situation in the Baltic countries - recent research results and trends. Trygve 
Ugland, PH.D, SIRIUS, Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research,
National comments and reflections
10.00 Coffe/tea
10.30  How can Public Health work be strengthened in the European Union. Trygve Ugland, SIRIUS
11.15 Alcohol and drug policy declaration. Gabriel Romanus
11.30 NordAN - Annual Meeting
12.30  Conference closes - LUNCH            

 
 Registration should be made before 8th September 2002

Conference Centre

The conference will take place at Paasitorni Conference Centre, Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, Helsinki. Website: www.paasitorni.fi

Language

Lectures will be presented in Scandinavian or English language. Lectures in Scandinavian languages will be  
translated to English in summary. 

Paper Session

There will be possibilities for a number of presentations in the workshops under the headlines "Local alcohol and drug policy/prevention" and "What treatment works?" 

The time for the presentation will be 15 minutes, plus 15 minutes for discussion. We need your abstract, before 2Oth August to the same address as the registration. It can also be sendt by e-mail to soren.nordan@swipnet.se

lf there is not time enough for all presentations we will try to arrange some kind of "poster session" during the conference.

Registration

Registration should be made before 8th September 2002. Registration can be done by fax or by mail. You can also use the registration form on our website www.nordan.org Unfortunately registrations can not be done by phone.

Charge

The conference fee is 145 Euro. Included: Admission to the conference, documentation, coffee during breaks, lunches on October 12 and 13 and dinner, Saturday evening.

Address

NordAN
Kristianiagade 8, 4
DK-2100 København 0
Denmark
Fax: +45 35 25 37 91

Confirmation and payment

You will receive confirmation together with the invoice before 2Oth September.

Questions

Questions about the conference will be answered by Sören Eriksson, Secretary General 
Phone: +45 35 29 30 90, +46 70 659 26 08.
E-mail: soren.nordan@swipnet.se
Website: www.nordan.org

Accommodations

Helsinki is a very popular tourist city. We strongly recommend you to check out the existence for "weekend packages" from your home, including travel and accommodation. Below you find some hotels and hostels with different prices, all located in the heart of Helsinki. We are grateful if you make your own hotel reservation. We can help with the reservation but need to take an extra charge (5 Euro/room) and we need to know if you want this service 8th September the latest. Accommodation is to be paid directly to the hotel.

Hotel

Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi, Kaisanieminkatu 7
FIN-00100 Helsinki
Phone: +358 9 172 881
Website: www.cumulus.fi

Hotel Arthur, Vuorikatu 19
FIN-00100 Helsinki
Also triple and four bedded rooms.
Phone: +358 9 173 441
 

Ramada Hotel Presidentti, Etelainen Rautatiekatu 4 FIN-00100 Helsinki
Single rooms from 89 Euro, double rooms from 97 Euro.
Phone: +358 9 6911

Scandic Hotel Marski, Mannerkeimintie 10 
FIN-00100 Helsinki 
Single rooms from 93 Euro, double rooms from 102 Euro
Phone: +358 9 680 61
 

Hostel 

Stadion Hostel
Address: Pohjoinen Stadiontie 3 B
FIN-00100 Helsinki
Also rooms with several beds (make reservation on website)
Phone: +358 9 477 8480
 

Local organizer

Finnish Centre for Health Promotion
Karjalankatu 2 C 63
00520 Helsinki, Finland

Ritva Varamäki, Development Manager
Tel: +tel. + 358 9 7253 0343
Laura Hämäläinen, Project Secretary
Tel: +358 9 7253 0355
E-post: laura.hamalainen@health.fi


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