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The Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol is an international organization of scientists
engaged in research on the social aspects of alcohol use and alcohol problems.

KBS  31st Annual Symposium

Alcohol, Drugs, and Violence:
Youth Risk Taking, Behaviors and Prevention

Scientific meeting, Monday, 30 May - Friday, 3 June 2005
Professionals track, Monday, 30 May - Wednesday, 1 June 2005
Pre-Symposium meetings, Friday, 27 May - Sunday, 29 May 2005

Riverside, California, USA



The Symposium will include discussions on submitted papers, prepared discussion sessions and topical workshops. The emphasis will be on discussions; papers are pre-circulated and then introduced by the author with a 10-minute presentation prior to discussion initiated by a discussant.

The aim of this 31st Symposium is to have an in-depth look at the recent advances in social and epidemiological alcohol research and raise further research issues and opportunities, taking into account experiences from around the world, with a particular emphasis on youth risk taking, behaviors and prevention. The scope of the Symposium is broadly defined to include studies of determinants of drinking, drinking practices, attitudes, and problems in general as well as in clinical populations, and the social and institutional responses to drinking-related problems. Papers based on empirical research and action research as well as theoretical and conceptual papers will be welcome. Participants from the whole range of social and health sciences are expected.

The main KBS scientific meeting will begin on Monday, 30 May 2005 and end on Friday, 3 June. A professionals track (open to non-KBS members) – enabling practitioners to assess scientific findings and consider applications for policy development and best practices – will be offered between Monday, 30 May 2005, and noon on Wednesday, 1 June. An Advisory Committee is assisting in the identification of presentations that will make up this Professional Track.  Up to four pre-KBS specialty meetings can begin on Friday, 27 May, and run until Sunday, 29 May. To inquire about convening a pre-KBS specialty meeting, please e-mail Dr. Robert Nash Parker at Robnp@aol.com.

Preliminary agenda and participant expectations

As is the long-standing convention at the annual KBS Symposia, the local committee will develop the program, select participants to chair sessions and serve as discussants. It is important, therefore, that scientific meeting participants plan to be available for the five days – that is, from the morning of Monday, 31 May, until noon, Friday, 3 June 2005. The Symposium program will be developed and finalized, and presenters, chairpersons and discussants assigned based on the assumption that scientific meeting participants will be available for the full time. Professional track participants may be asked to serve in discussant roles during the course of that track, i.e., between Monday and Wednesday.

Sessions will begin daily at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m., except for Wednesday, when proceedings recess at noon, and Friday, when the scientific sessions adjourn at 10:30 a.m. and the KBS business meeting concludes at noon.

View the Symposium agenda. A final Symposium agenda will be available on or about  2 May 2005.

Abstract submission

Interested persons are invited to submit, by 21 March 2005, an informative abstract of a paper, maximum of 250 words, to be considered for presentation at the Symposium. Please use Microsoft Word or word processing software readable in Microsoft Word 2000 or higher and put the title of the paper, names of the authors, and their institutional affiliation at the top of the abstract. Please, add below the abstract 3 - 6 key words which identify the substantive topics and methodology of the paper. Please submit your abstract as an attachment to e-mail to kgorham@silvergategroup.com with “KBS05” in the subject line. Please label your abstract by your last name + first name initial, e.g. smithj_abs. If e-mail submission is impossible, the abstract should be sent on a PC-compatible disk, together with a paper transcript to:

KBS 2005 Abstracts
Symposium Secretariat
Silver Gate Group, Inc.
PO Box 420878
San Diego, California 92142 0878, USA
Phone: +1-619-281-0445

Receipt of your abstract and its status will be acknowledged by 4 April 2005.

Paper submission

The full paper must be no longer than 16 pages, including text, bibliography, tables and figures, and will be due in Riverside by 18 April 2005. It should be sent as an MS Word file by e-mail to: Robnp@aol.com with “KBS05” in the subject line. If this is impossible it should be sent on a disk together with a paper transcript to this mailing address:

KBS 2005 Papers
Dr. Robert Nash Parker
Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies
University of California, Riverside
110 College Building South
Riverside, California 92521, USA
Phone: +1-951-827-4604

Distinguished Southern California Venue

 The historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside, California, will accommodate this year’s KBS Symposium. Parts of the building date from the late 19th century, and the architecture is a strange but pleasing mixture of Italian Renaissance, Spanish Mission, and East Asian.  The Hotel borders a four block pedestrian mall, with restaurants and shops, and is the focal point of downtown social, economic, and political life. Within a few blocks walking distance are a micro brew pub, several upscale restaurants and the government center for the City and the surrounding County of Riverside. The City is 60 miles east of Los Angeles, 90 miles north of San Diego, and with driving reach of both Southern California beach and mountain resorts.  More information about the hotel can be found on the web at: www.missioninn.com.

 Sleeping Room Options and Prices:

The Mission Inn can accommodate the entire conference at very reasonable rates. Participants can combine their hotel reservation with online Symposium registration. The basic room changes will be $95.00 US per single room, $110.00 US per double room, plus taxes (currently 11 percent), discounted for KBS05 participants from the customary $175 – 220 US per night. We will arrange a rooming list for the hotel with the attendees directly, be able to process credit cards for registration and hotel reservations, and we can offer students shared accommodations at $55.00 US per night. These discounts are available until 25 April 2005.

Transportation Options

Excellent air transit is available from Asia, Europe, and the Americas to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Riverside can be a two-hour trip from there by shuttle, with costs in the $50 - 70 US range for one way. For those wishing to rent a car, this would be a good option, and the drive is all freeways, if sometimes quite crowded. Another option would be to add a short connecting flight from Los Angeles International to a nearby airport called Ontario International Airport (ONT), about 20 miles away from Riverside. The Mission Inn has a free shuttle to and from the Ontario International Airport. If you plan to fly into Ontario International Airport, please e-mail Emily O’Neill Asencio (jemily@earthlink.net) and tell us your scheduled date and time of arrival, your airline, your flight number, and the number of people in your party so we can arrange with the Mission Inn for your free pickup at Ontario International Airport. Consult the respective airport Web sites and your travel professional for air and other ground transportation details.

Options for Tours, and Tourism pre and post meeting

Attractions of Los Angeles are easily accessible from Riverside, and the Mission Inn can help us develop a list of tours—Disneyland, Universal Studies Movie theme park, Beach resorts, and mountain hiking are all easy options, with Santa Barbara and San Diego also possible for longer excursions.  There is even a relatively close wine growing region 40 minutes to the South in Temecula, California, a place with several nearby Native American Tribal owned casinos for those interested in risk taking behavior. The local organizing committee will arrange a number of tours for the Wednesday afternoon social program that reflects the diversity of options available in the Riverside Region, known as the "Inland Empire" among the local residents. If you have a preference for a type of tour or a specific destination, please e-mail Emily O’Neill Asencio (jemily@earthlink.net) and tell us where or what type of tour you would be interested in.


For more about Riverside, visit: 

Riverside Convention Bureau
Riverside Downtown Partnership
Riverside Arts Council


We expect to offer a limited number of scholarships consisting of some combination of Symposium registration, lodging at the Mission Inn, and airfare, thanks to sponsoring government agencies and philanthropic organizations. Preference will go to those selected as Symposium presenters and discussants, those working in community-based agencies, those who are first time attendees of the KBS annual meeting, and those from countries with no support for research and research related travel for the topics of the KBS meetings. We also seek to achieve a diverse scientific and professional audience. 

To apply for a scholarship, email a request to Tom Colthurst at tomc@silvergategroup.com.  Your request should describe your work and your need for assistance. Note whether you qualify for the preference categories -- conference presenter; working in a community-based agency, first time attendee and/or from a country with no support for this type of research. Include with your request full contact information so we can reach you quickly with our determination, and please identify how you will manage participant expenses not covered by a scholarship.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, 28 March, however earlier submission is advised. We will begin announcing awards, based on available resources, on a progressive basis, i.e., as requests received and matched with available funds. 

If any questions or concerns, please contact Tom Colthurst by email at tomc@silvergategroup.com

Further information

Update information on this event including data on the location, hotels, post- and preconference trips will be found on www.silvergategroup.com/kbs2005

A link to these pages will also be found at the KBS website: http://www.arg.org/kbs/


SoCal Center of Excellent on Youth Violence Prevention

With thanks to these cooperating organizations

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Silver Gate Group

Prevention File

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