Alcohol Research UK Annual Conference 2017

Working Together People, Practice and Policy in Alcohol Research - Wednesday, 5th April 2017 – London

Working Together

People, Practice and Policy in Alcohol Research

Wednesday, 5th April 2017 – London

Join us for our 2017 Annual Conference ‘Working Together: people, practice and policy in alcohol research’ where we will explore co-production, collaboration, and public involvement in alcohol research and practice.  With an excellent line-up of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, we will consider how sharing experience can help to bridge the gaps between research and practice.

Key issues to be addressed include:

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

The conference will combine presentations, panel debates, installations and interactive workshop sessions to encourage a dynamic and productive discussion of how alcohol research can deliver real benefits to individuals, families and society.

As part of these sessions, delegates will be able to share knowledge and experience, and contribute to wider thinking on how research practices can be improved to better engage with the people and services it is targeting.

We’re delighted to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by:

Professor Dame Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London, and founder of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE)

A plenary talk will also be delivered by:

Simon Denegri, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Director for Patients and the Public in Research

The full programme is available to download here.


The conference will include talks, workshops and panel debates with ground-breaking alcohol and substance use research projects from across the UK, including:

  • Edinburgh University Photovoice Project
  • Sheffield University Addiction Recovery Research Panel
  • King’s College London Service User Research Group
  • Voicebox inc.
  • Adfam and Cruse Bereavement Care Bereaved Through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) project
  • Changes UK Service User Forum
  • Changing Lives Peer Researchers Programme
  • University of Bedfordshire Public and Expert by Experience (PEERS) initiative
  • Sheffield Hallam Family Life in Recovery study
  • UKCTAS Alcohol Discussion Group

Details and booking

Date: Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Time: 09.30 – 16.30

Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Booking information

Please book your place through our Eventbrite page.

  • Standard Rate: £150
  • Student Rate: £75

Invoice payment options are also available.

Register now.


Why attend?

Our annual conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to share ideas, develop networks and explore the latest research in the alcohol field.  This year, we focus on how experience and insights can be shared to develop better research and improve alcohol harm reduction.  In attending this conference, you will:

  • Discover how co-production and public involvement can make a real difference in bridging the gaps between research and practice delivering better outcomes for all.
  • Hear real-life examples from service users and ‘experts by experience’ about the day-to-day problems and challenges they face.
  • Explore new and innovative ways to expand co-production and public involvement in research on alcohol consumption, harm, policy and interventions.
  • Learn about the projects providing best practice examples on how to implement change that bridges the divide between academics, practitioners and the public.
  • Get involved and take advantage of the many networking opportunities on offer.

Who should attend?

  • Alcohol, substance use, public health and policy researchers
  • Service delivery organisations and commissioners
  • Healthcare and social care professionals
  • Health and social care policymakers
  • Charities and volunteers working in substance use

Cancellation policy

If you have booked your place and find that you are no longer able to attend, your ticket may be transferred to a colleague.  If cancellation is required, please process your request through our Eventbrite page.

Details on cancellation process:

  • If you cancel before 28 February 2017, we will issue a full refund.
  • If you cancel after 28 February 2017, no refund will be granted but a substitute may be sent.

Further information

For more information or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Julie Symes at: julie.symes@alcoholresearchuk.org.