Conference 2017

Our Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to come together to share ideas, develop networks and explore the latest research in the alcohol field.

Our 2017 conference ‘Working Together: People, Practice and Policy in Alcohol Research’ focused on how experience and insights can best be shared to develop better research and improve alcohol harm reduction, exploring how co-production and public involvement can make a real difference in bridging the gaps between research and practice delivering better outcomes for all.

We looked at:

  • How those seeking to address alcohol harms can better understand each other’s perspectives.
  • How to bring the experience of those affected by alcohol harm into research development.
  • How best to support service providers in research translation.
  • How to ensure policymaking is informed by the experiences of the wider community.

It was a stimulating and inspiring event which is already leading to a number of exciting projects and new ways of working.

You can download the programme here.

Conference Photos

To get a good feel for the day, watch this short video capturing the spirit of co-production.

Conference Presentations

Perspectives on recovery: better than well

Aisha Holloway and Sarah Rhynas Edinburgh University and members of the Edinburgh Photovoice project.

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Photovoice: ‘Better than well’


Learning from experience: what public involvement is, and why it matters

Panel Discussion

Steve Dixon Changes UK

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Service user involvement in a User Led Organisation



Keynote speech

Professor Dame Til Wykes King’s College London; founder of the Service User Research Enterprise

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From subjects to participants: service user involvement in research


Breakout sessions:

Creating peer research panels

Jo Neale King’s College London and members of the Addiction Service User Research Group

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A collaboration between King’s College London & the Aurora Project, Lambeth


Peer support and disenfranchised grief

Oliver Standing Adfam and members of the Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) project

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Disenfranchised grief: Drug and Alcohol Related Bereavement & Peer Support


Peers doing research

Sarah Wadd University of Bedfordshire and members of the Public and Expert by Experience Researchers (PEERS) project

Jo Cairns Alcohol Research UK and formerly Changing Lives

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Peers doing research