Past Events

WEBINAR: The experiences of couples who take MDMA together

Wednesday January 20th, 2021

Watch the recording of the webinar now on the experiences of couples who take MDMA together. … Continue reading

EPPIC – Final Project Conference

Thursday February 13th, 2020

Booking is now open for the EPPIC Final Conference which will take place at Middlesex University from 13-14th February 2020. The conference is open to all and is free to attend, but booking is required. … Continue reading

Alcohol services: responding to diversity

Friday June 14th, 2019

The needs of diverse communities for alcohol treatment services are not well understood from the literature or from existing population data.  This conference will report on findings from two recent studies investigating alcohol services for ethnic and cultural minority communities and will hear from specialist and mainstream service providers on their experiences and views of current provision needs for a range of minority groups.  The day will include research presentations, panel discussion, information on existing services and group discussions. … Continue reading

Drugs Education in Schools: The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation programme

Thursday March 7th, 2019

Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) in collaboration with the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is hosting a seminar on 'Drugs Education in schools: The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation programme'. Find out more. … Continue reading

Recovery Street Film Festival Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday December 6th, 2018

DARC is proud to host this film screening and panel discussion which presents the inspiring real-life stories of recovery from the 2018 Recovery Street Film Festival. … Continue reading

Alcohol and Public Health: Framing and communicating risk

DARC Conference

Tuesday November 20th, 2018

The conference will aim to critically examine the processes through which complex research findings on risk factors are ‘translated’ into public communication … Continue reading

DARC Annual Conference 2018

Social work and problem substance use: Going in the right direction?

Tuesday June 26th, 2018

DARC Annual Conference 2018 - booking now open! … Continue reading

DARC Seminar – Heroin Crack Markets

Wednesday February 7th, 2018

Download the presentation Speaker: Dr Tim McSweeney Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology Middlesex University Assessing the impact of a drug law enforcement operation against a heroin and crack cocaine market in England Abstract: The government’s recent review of the 2010 drug strategy concluded that despite an annual spend of at least £1.6 billion, “there is … Continue reading DARC Seminar – Heroin Crack Markets

Book launch: The Politics of Drugs

Wednesday November 29th, 2017

Join us for the book launch of "The Politics of Drugs" by Susanne MacGregor … Continue reading

DARC Seminar: Detention under section 136 of Mental Health Act in London

Tuesday October 10th, 2017

DARC Seminar Detention under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act in London: Pathways, Perceptions and Provision. Views of people with direct or lived experience of mental distress and staff. … Continue reading

DARC Conference 2017

Friday June 23rd, 2017

DARC Conference 2017 - Young People, Substance Use and the Criminal Justice System: Defining the Challenges and Developing Responses … Continue reading

Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and regulation of alcohol: Results from a cross- national survey in 19 European countries. (RARHA)

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

The seminar will present some of the key findings with a focus on consumption patterns and alcohol issues in the UK sample. The project report arises from the Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) which received funding from the European Union, in the framework of Health Programme (2008-2013). … Continue reading

BOOK LAUNCH: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Tuesday February 21st, 2017

Book launch: In order to celebrate the launch of the SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies, we are happy to invite you to join us for an evening of talks and discussion on some of the key contemporary issues covered in the Handbook (please see attached flyer). This will be followed by refreshments. … Continue reading

National Alcohol & Drugs Education Conference

Evidence-based best practice in alcohol and drugs education: empowering young people to make healthy choices

Wednesday October 19th, 2016

Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor are bringing together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention. The conference is being organised by the Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor and hosted by Middlesex University … Continue reading

Should we be training (everyone) to deliver alcohol Identification and Brief Advice IBA (everywhere)?

Monday May 16th, 2016

This seminar is one in a series being held by the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine, Middlesex University. Drawing on the findings of recent work by DARC this seminar will exam the issues raised by the drive to expand the delivery of alcohol IBA beyond clinical settings, with a particular focus … Continue reading Should we be training (everyone) to deliver alcohol Identification and Brief Advice IBA (everywhere)?

Workforce Development: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

Friday April 29th, 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Ann Roche, Director National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Australia. The conference addressed a number of salient issues including: the increasing professionalisation of the work force in the substance use field; what is meant by work force development (e.g. capacity, capability, skills); the need to consider the individual worker, … Continue reading Workforce Development: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

A-Debate – U Turn on Addictions (Final ALICE RAP Policy Dialogue)

Wednesday February 17th, 2016

Dr. Rachel Herring presents the results from Alice Rap work package on ‘Shaping stakeholder influences –differences across Europe’ at the A-Debate – U-Turn on Addictions, held in Barcelona in February 2016 A full report from work package 2 can be downloaded here

Danish students visit DARC

Wednesday November 4th, 2015

A group of Danish students from Aarhus University attended a special workshop on 4 November, 2015. The students, who are all professionals in the alcohol and drugs field, are studing for a masters on the European Masters in Drug and Alcohol Studies (EMDAS). This is a collaborative programme between Middlesex, Aarhus University (Denmark), University del Piemonte … Continue reading Danish students visit DARC

Associate Professor Timothy Weaver wins prestigeous prize

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

The EMCDDA Scientific Paper Award, 2015, was awarded on 23rd September, 2015, in Lisbon for a publication from current research on contingency management – Weaver, T., Metrebian, N., Hellier, J., Pilling, S., Charles, V., Little, N., Poovendran, D., Mitcheson, L., Ryan, F., Bowden-Jones, O., Dunn, J., Glasper, A., Finch, E. & Strang, J. (2014) Cluster … Continue reading Associate Professor Timothy Weaver wins prestigeous prize

Evidence and Policy conference

January 2015

In January 2015, The Centre ran a conference to stimulate discussion on the dynamics at the interface between evidence (or forms of knowledge) and policy. The aim was to stimulate critical thinking on issues such as: what kind of knowledge is considered as ‘evidence’; whose evidence (knowledge) is seen as policy relevant; what is the … Continue reading Evidence and Policy conference

Launch event: Talks

March 2014

In March 2014, three eminent academics gave talks at the launch of: MacGregor, S. and Thom B. (2013) six volume Sage major work on Drug and Alcohol Studies: Professor Virginia Berridge spoke on ‘Demons: boundary changes round drugs, alcohol and tobacco’: Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero discussed ‘Unintended consequences: Changes in drug supply in England’: and Professor … Continue reading Launch event: Talks

Circulation list for events

Seminars and other events are arranged throughout the year. DARC members and associates are automatically circulated with details. If you wish to be added to the circulation list, please send name, institution and email address to Rachel Herring,


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