Welcome from the INEBRIA President
It is wonderful to welcome you to Lübeck on behalf of INEBRIA. As you will be aware, we are an international network, primarily consisting of researchers, and importantly also including policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders interested in the potential of brief interventions in health and other settings to reduce the problems caused by alcohol and other drug use. We aim to provide global leadership in the development, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based practice in the area of early identification and brief intervention for hazardous and harmful substance use.
Our annual conference is the main event for the network and an important means by which we fulfil our aims and objectives. I am impressed that this year’s event has attracted a strong scientific program with internationally important research being presented from across the world.
The goal of this INEBRIAconference is to share findings from ongoing SBI research around the world. A strong emphasis is on the implementation and scaling up what works, but also to find new approaches to addressing unhealthy substance use. This includes findings about SBI implementation and dissemination; new advances, including digital platforms and interventions targeting adolescent substance use. An important aim is to increase collaboration among SBI researchers. Another to engage junior researchers in the SBI field, providing them with a forum for presenting their work and finding mentoring opportunities.
With this in mind, this year’s conference theme ‘Recent Developments in Research and Implementation of Screening and Brief Interventions’ is both timely and important, with it’s focus on practice-based research informing policy and impacting health at the population level.
We are very grateful to the German research Foundation, the German Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Youth, Family and Senior Citizens of Schleswig-Hostein for supporting the conference. We want to thank the local organizers at University of Lübeck, and the Scientific Committee for all of their work in crafting a program that promises to be stimulating and of the highest quality.
I hope you will find the conference stimulating and enriching, and that you will continue your involvement with INEBRIA in the years to come.