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6th WHO Prison Health Conference, 26th-27th March 2019, Helsinki, Finland. 

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, in partnership with the Government of Finland and Public Health England are pleased to announce the 6th Prison Health Conference in Helsinki, Finland. WHO Health in Prisons Programme (WHO HIPP) has held five previous annual, international conferences on prison health in England, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Denmark and Portugal, involving Member States, partner organisations and international experts. The purpose of these conferences has been to facilitate the exchange of good practices in improving prison health and healthcare systems in the WHO European Region.

The theme of the 6th conference is the interface between prison health systems and wider national health systems, with a focus on policies and practices.The aim of the conference is to share good practice and promote international cooperation to improve the quality of healthcare for people in prisons. The conference is aimed at researchers, public health specialists, healthcare providers, commissioners and policy makers working to meet the health needs of people in prisons within Europe.

Conference website including information, programme, and registration available here


8th European Drugs Summer School, 24th June-5th July 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be joining forces once again next summer to hold the eighth European drugs summer school (EDSS) on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. Registration is now open for the two-week course here


5th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, 21st-23rd October 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland.  

LEPH2019 is a biennial conference exploring the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health, involving practitioners, policy makers and researchers from these and other related sectors. 

There is currently a call for abstracts and session proposals open (deadline 29th March 2019) here


2nd European Conference on Prison Health: Health Without Barriers, 21st-22nd October 2019, Lisbon, Portugal. 

The second European Conference on Health Care in Prison aims to combine daily practice with scientific theory and evidence. 

There is currently a call for abstracts open (until 1st May 2019). For further information and insights into previous conferences, please visit the website: www.healthwithoutbarriers.org 


Lisbon Addictions Conference, 23rd-25th October 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon Addictions 2019, the third European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, is a multidisciplinary conference that provides a forum for networking across the addictions.

There is currently a call for abstracts (deadline 31st January) and if you know young students who are willing to attend, they can also try to apply for funds through FUTURZE (http://lx-futurize.eu/) to attend the conference.


ICPA Buenos Aires 2019, 27th October - 1st November, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

The International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Programme Committee invites individuals, agencies and organisations interested in presenting papers at the Association's 2019 Annual Conference to submit proposals for consideration. The theme for our 21st Annual Conference is "Strengthening our Correctional Cornerstones: Rights, Dignity, Safety and Support".

The conference will be hosted by the Federal Prison Service of Argentina from 27 October - 1 November 2019 at the Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires. With attendees from over 70 countries, the ICPA Conference is the foremost annual international gathering for prison correction professionals to learn from each other.

Call for papers - open until 30th April 2019 

Conference registration opening in April 2019.