KBS Thematic Meeting: Campus-based Interventions (30 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2019)

A thematic conference of the Kettil Bruun Society, Campus-based Interventions, will be held in Sherbrooke, Canada, on September 30 – October 2, 2019.

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About the Conference

Drinking in excess is a long-standing ritual that many students see as an integral part of postsecondary experience. It is also a significant public health problem that affects students’ lives, including social, academic, legal and health issues. Join us for a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society to explore the topic. The meeting will bring together researchers from around the world to discuss evidence around campus-based interventions that reduce alcohol-related harms among college and university students. The meeting will be hosted in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, September 30 – October 2, 2019. The program will be organized around the following main areas:

  • Strategies targeting individual students designed to change students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to drinking, including education and awareness programs; alcohol norms information; cognitive-behavioural skills-based approaches; interventions by health professionals.
  • Strategies designed to change the campus climate by implementing both formal and informal alcohol-related rules and regulations to shape campus subcultures and scenes (in clubs, sports, dormitories, etc.), class schedules, building and spaces, etc.
  • Strategies targeting the surrounding community, such as initiatives to limit alcohol harms in the near-campus environment (off-campus housing, nearby bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants, etc.) and safe transportation strategies to get students home (e.g., without driving) after drinking sessions.
  • Going with the flow: opportunities for public health reinforcement as lighter drinking youth move on to college.

Keynote talks will be given by Dr. Kypros Kypri from the University of Newcastle in Australia and Dr. Jennifer Merrill from Brown University in United States.

We welcome a maximum of 36 participants interested in subjects relevant to the themes of the conference. Selection of abstracts for presentation will be based on scientific quality and thematic relevance. Each paper will be assigned a discussant and time will be allocated for comments, questions and discussion from the audience.

There will be no registration fee for the conference, but participants will be expected to finance their own travel and accommodation. Breakfast will be included and coffee breaks will be provided. A thematic conference dinner will also be offered.

Companion Meeting

The thematic meeting will be followed on October 3 by a companion meeting of the Postsecondary Education Partnership—Alcohol Harms (PEP AH). PEP-AH’s mission is for Canadian college and university students to live up to their fullest potential, free from harms caused by alcohol. The partnership currently includes members representing more than half of all Canadian universities. Thematic meeting participants wishing to take part in the companion meeting will be welcomed to do so.