Call for Papers

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold the 31st Annual Conference of the ESSD online. The conference will take place from Thursday, 24 September to Friday, 25 September, 2020, and include various 45-minute live video sessions. Each online presentation will last for 10-15 minutes, followed by ample time for the presenters and the audience to jointly discuss the presentations of each session. In addition, informal networking opportunities online will complement the programme. All relevant information, including technical details of how you can participate, will be made accessible on this conference website. The conference language is English. Participants are welcome to present papers or to attend only.

Presentations should preferably include a European dimension (such as reporting on research or issues from more than one European country, comparisons between data from European studies), and/or theoretical analysis that draws inferences from the local to the global. Presentations restricted to the description of interventions or (local) policies will not be accepted. Qualitative studies are particularly welcome.

Please sent your abstract (max. 400 words) for one of the themes listed below as a Word file to Deadline for submisson is July 10, 2020. Download the Call for Papers for further information.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the ESSD Board and the conference organisers. In general, not more than two presentations from members of the same institute or affiliation will be accepted. The outcome of the reviews will be announced via e-mail by 31 July 2020. Be aware that presenting and non-presenting conference participants need to register on this website, which will be free of charge. Online Registration opens on July 31 and closes on September 20, 2020.


  • Drug Related Implications of COVID-19
  • New Treds in Drug Use
  • Digitisation of Drug Markets
  • Drug Policy: Theories, Concepts and Research
  • Methods and Ethics

 Download: ESSD 2020 - Call for Papers

 Key Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 10 July 2020
  • Author notification: 31 July 2020
  • Online Registration opens: 31 July 2020
  • Presenting authors must be registered for conference by this date to be included in program: 20 August 2020
  • Preliminary programme posted online: 01 September 2020
  • Final programme posted online: 10 September 2020
  • Online Registration closes: 20 September 2020
  • ESSD 2020 Conference: 24-25 September 2020