EMCDDA webinar: Advocacy for science-based prevention: the evidence doesn’t speak for itself

Objective: To raise awareness on, and interest in, the role of the European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) in advocating for the application of science-based strategies in policy- and decision-making at local level.

Background: Prevention practice in Europe does not always keep pace with advances in prevention science, and available guidance, standards and registries of evidence-based interventions are not always sufficient to change policymakers’ funding decisions. This webinar aims to raise awareness on the role of the EUPC in advocating for the application of science-based strategies in decision-making at local level. The EUPC includes training for Decision-, Opinion-, and Policy-makers (DOPs) on how to prioritise evidence-based interventions and policies and on how to advocate for them. This represents a paradigm shift from offering guidance (‘let things happen’) to actively promoting change in decision-making (‘make things happen’). Speakers and stakeholders from Belgium, Germany, Estonia and Croatia will gather in conversation around this topic.

Context: This event is the third in a new wave of EMCDDA webinars being offered in 2021. EMCDDA webinars are designed to give a voice to professionals working in the drugs field and are conceived as conversations around key topics of interest and emerging challenges, as well as a means to build relations with potential or future stakeholders. The 2021 programme of webinars follows a testing phase in 2020, which saw seven COVID-19-related webinars rolled out between May and December. Chaired by EMCDDA staff members, the webinars are open to professionals working in the drugs field and other individuals with an interest in the topic.


  • Maximilian von Heyden: Finder Institute for Prevention Research, Germany
  • Triin Vilms: National Institute for Health Development, TAI, Estonia

Invited stakeholders:

  • Law enforcement — Ivan Paksic: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Croatia
  • Education system — Cynthia Deman: Centre for Mental Health Care Waas en Dender, Belgium
  • Local policymaking — Frederick Groeger-Roth: Lower-Saxony Ministry of Justice, Germany

Chairpersons: Marica Ferri and Gregor Burkhart, EMCDDA

Opening and closing remarks: Alexis Goosdeel, EMCDDA Director

Format: EMCDDA opening remarks, two presentations (20 minutes in total), three panellists (question-guided discussion), Q&A from attendees.

Platform: Zoom

Participants: The webinar is open to all and will be of particular interest to anyone involved in planning, preparing or implementing prevention programmes in Europe.

Participation is possible upon registration, after which the person will receive a link to connect.

Length: 1.5 hours

Date and time: 28.04.2021 — 12.00–13.30 (Lisbon time), 13.00–14.30 (CET)

A recording of this webinar is available in our Media library.