Registration opens for European summer school on illicit drugs

ISCTE–EMCDDA summer school: 1–12 July 2013, Lisbon

The Lisbon-based Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa  (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) are currently collaborating on their second summer school project entitled: 'Illicit drugs in Europe: supply, demand and public policies'. Registration opens today for the course which will take place in the Portuguese capital from 1–12 July 2013.

During the two-week course, EMCDDA scientific experts, along with leading academics and policymakers, will prepare participants to meet the complex policy challenges in this field, by providing a multi-disciplinary and inclusive approach to the study of the drug problem, both in Europe and beyond.

Week 1 of the summer school will focus on 'Defining the problems', with lectures on: the production and geopolitics of drugs; detecting new drugs and new trends in drug use; drug use and problem drug use in Europe; and drug-related mortality and infectious diseases.

Week 2 will explore 'Understanding drug policies and interventions', with lectures on: the study of health and public policies; international drug policies; and national policies and public expenditure on drugs. Sessions will also be dedicated to: demand reduction; best practice; drug prevention; treatment and social reintegration; harm reduction and prison health.

The course will end with a debate on the future of national and European drug policies.

The inaugural 2012 summer school brought together 34 students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds from across Europe and beyond. Students providing feedback expressed their satisfaction with the course and their appreciation for its comprehensive approach.

The target audiences for the summer school are university students (undergraduate and graduate), researchers, professionals and administrators interested or working in the drugs field.

ECTS credits will be given for the courses and students can transfer credits to other European universities using the ECTS-system. In addition scholarships will be awarded to eligible students.

Further information on the summer school programme, fees and location is available at


First phase: 15 January–15 March (discount for registration in this phase) Second phase: 15 March–15 June

Limit: 50 participants

Applicants must send a completed application form, a CV and a proof of payment of the inscription fees to

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