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The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC), would like to announce that the 2021 conference will accommodate in-person and virtual participation, for both presenters and delegates

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the conference topics and themes. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the conference website by 31 March 2021.

We strongly encourage abstracts from both researchers and practitioners. ‘Practitioners’ include any professional working in research translation, policy, advocacy and communications. The focus of the conference is alcohol policy; abstracts that describe findings from alcohol epidemiology are welcome provided they include discussion of clear implications for policy. Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers. Length of abstracts is 250 words excluding abstract title and presenters details. One person can present several papers although limit to number of papers from one institution or organisation will be conisdered when abstract selections are made. 

Papers will be accepted and considered in two domains:

Research
Please structure the abstract with the following sections: Background, methods, results, conclusions

Practice
Please structure the abstract with the following sections: Context, methods, results, outcome

For all abstracts the following criteria applies:

  • Presentations by Indigenous people are particularly welcome.
  • Presentation at GAPC2020 is not open to any person who has a conflict of interest due to financial relationships, direct or indirect, with the alcohol industry.

Conference Themes

This three-day conference will explore a range of themes, including:

  • Advocacy for an FCAC
  • Alcohol and equity
  • Implementing Effective Alcohol Policies
  • Barriers to Implementing Effective Alcohol Policies
  • Community action to create change

Abstract Topics

Each day of the GAPC 2020 will be distinct. A diverse range of speakers will provide opportunities for discussion about their research and experience and how these can be applied to alcohol policy environments and stimulate efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm worldwide. 

Topics include (not in order of priority):

  • Role of law in Global Health 
  • Building regional and/or global networks and coalitions 
  • Regional cooperation for alcohol policy control 
  • Framing and communicating the arguments for an FCAC 
  • Alcohol industry framing and re-framing 
  • Human Rights and alcohol Corporate capture in the SDG era
  • Alcohol and the urban health agenda 
  • Alcohol and the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda 
  • Alcohol and global disparities: presenting the evidence and policy implications from an equity perspective 
  • Women and children’s rights and alcohol policies 
  • Indigenous peoples and alcohol policies 
  • Why alcohol matters: the breadth of harm and arguments for policy 
  • Economic and social effects of alcohol and alcohol policies 
  • Alcohol policy to achieve the SDGs 
  • Pricing policies 
  • Advertising and marketing policies 
  • Physical availability policies 
  • Policy implementation and enforcement 
  • Advocacy for effective policies 
  • Protecting against vested interests 
  • Impact of international trade and investment agreements 
  • Alcohol industry conflict of interest, CSR and lobbying 
  • Changing social norms to support policy change through community mobilisation 
  • Community action and policy implementation 
  • Building alliances with other social movements
  • Alcohol and cancer: policy implications
  • Alcohol and COVID-19

Presentation Types

All presenters are encouraged to consider the learning outcomes for the audience when preparing your presentation. What are the take away messages that you can provide the audience, how can you improve their knowledge and skills? 

Workshops
A 90 minute workshop session that provides participants with the opportunity to develop new skills. This may take the form of a combination of practical and/or instructional presentations combined with activities, interactive group or individual work. Presenters should identify learning objectives in their abstract.

Oral Presentations
Each session will have 6 presenters. Presenters will have 10 minutes for presentation followed by up to 5 minutes for question and answers. 

Panel Presentations
Presenters may propose panel presentations, which would ideally consist of six ten-minute presentations organized around a common theme, followed by questions and discussion. Those proposing panel presentations should submit an abstract for the full panel as well as individual abstracts for each of the presentations being proposed as part of the panel; the latter should clearly indicate that they are being proposed as part of a larger panel. 

Poster Presentations
A 15-minute designated periods will be allocated in the program when presenters will be able to take questions and discuss their work. 

Late Breaker Abstracts
These 5-minute presentations provide an opportunity to highlight case studies and new and/or upcoming research or research-translation initiatives. The format for these presentations is still to be determined. The call for late breaking abstracts will open 12 July 2021 and will close 30 July 2021.