EMCDDA scientific award

The scientific award celebrates scientific writing and distinguishes high-quality research in the field of illicit drugs. Scientific papers judged to enhance understanding of the European drug problem are acknowledged yearly in an award ceremony.

This year’s awards presentation will take place in the framework of Lisbon Addictions 2017, 24-26 October.

Learn more about the 2016 winners

Winners 2016

The winning articles, chosen from a selection of over 50 papers, are:

A total of 13 articles were shortlisted in 5 different categories. For a full overview, see shortlists with authors and links to abstracts.

Link to EMCDDA News release.



Interview with Dr Laura Brandt

Interview with Dr Angelos Hatzakis

Nomination and eligibility

The award showcases innovative research in the drugs field. Each year, the EMCDDA asks its partners to nominate papers focusing on illicit drugs or new psychoactive substances. The articles will have been published in the previous year in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, with the primary author being of European nationality or based in a European country.

Each nominated paper should be classified according to the following research fields: basic biological, neurobiological and behavioural research (including aetiological and addictive behaviour research); population based research and clinical epidemiology (including site surveys, ethnographic studies and acute toxicity studies); demand reduction (including prevention, treatment, harm reduction, reintegration and clinical treatment research); supply, supply reduction and crime; drug policy (including laws, economic issues and strategies); other topics.

A total of 53 eligible articles were nominated for the 2016 edition of the EMCDDA scientific award. The Scientific Committee established the shortlists for each category and appointed a jury to select the winners.

Photos from the awards ceremony

2016 EMCDDA scientific award