Past ICARA Meetings & Events

2020

Extraordinary General Assembly, December 15th

ICARA held an Extraordinary General Assembly online in 2020, due to ongoing disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of the meeting was to:

Program of meeting can be accessed here.

 

Dublin, Ireland, March 9th-11th

ICARA attended the 6th Annual Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in March 2020. We ran a workshop on 10th March 2020 on ‘Emerging Issues in the Science & Practice of Managing Conflicts of Interest’ with the Governance, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Public Health network (GECI-PH). This workshop aimed to build capacity and strengthen links between researchers and practitioners interested in this topic. Objectives of session:

  • To discuss current developments and consider gaps in research on conflicts of interest (COIs) 
  • To collectively reflect on challenges in advocating for and developing robust COI policies and procedures 
  • To review new ICARA guidelines for organisations wishing to develop clear policies 
  • To consider what ‘success’ looks like  

2019

Lisbon, October 23rd-25th

ICARA attended the Lisbon Addictions Conference held on October 23rd-25th. Board members were directly involved in hosting three sessions:

  • ICARA’s Annual Board Meeting
  • A workshop co-hosted with European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) for EU neighbourhood countries on networking and building infrastructure to support ATOD research. Aims of session:
    • To enable networking between countries bordering the EU
    • To discuss infrastructure and capacity-building opportunities to support ATOD research in countries beyond EU borders.
    • To discuss potential future activities of ICARA/EMCDDA to support locally-appropriate ATOD research where of value.
  • A workshop on conflicts of interest and the launch of ICARA Guidelines on Management of Relationships with Organizations with Vested Interests. Program of meeting:
    • Emerging Issues 1: “Conflict of Interest Declarations & Dilemmas for Addiction Journals” – Prof. Tom Babor, University of Connecticut, Immediate Past President of ICARA
    • Emerging Issues 2: “Conflicts of interest & the Emerging Cannabis Industry” – Dr. James Nicholls, CEO, Transform Drug Policy Foundation
    • Open discussion with speakers and questions from the floor
    • Presentation of ICARA Guidelines on Management of Relationships with Organizations with Vested Interests: “Three primary principles in making decisions on relationships with funders and organizations with vested interests”, Prof. Niamh Fitzgerald, University of Stirling, ICARA President.

In addition, our President, Prof. Niamh Fitzgerald, participated in Big debate session on ‘Industry friend of foe? Can industry contribute to better addiction science, policy, and actions?’

2018

Prague, August 27th-29th

2017

Washington, D.C., August 28th-30th

2016

Windsor Park, UK, July 23rd-25th

2015

Budapest, Hungary, August 30th-31st

2014

Chicago, USA, September 4th-5th

2012

Lisbon, September 29th-30th

2011

Hilton Head, South Carolina, September 13th-14th