Attended by almost 300 delegates, the 9th international conference on nightlife, substance use and related health issues, Club Health Lisbon 2015 united experts from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America to exchange information on the latest research, policy and practice on protecting and promoting health in nightlife settings.
The conference aimed to build capacity and capability among all groups that have a stake in healthy nightlife including the government agencies and local authorities that regulate it, the police, councils and public health professionals that manage it, the club owners, festival organisers and promoters that make it happen, and the participants without whom it would not exist.
The event, which marks over fifteen years of international Club Health conferences, was organised by the Centre for Public Health and hosted in partnership with IREFREA Portugal.
Club Health took place in Lisbon, not just because the city is known for its acclaimed and varied nightlife, but also because it is among the best in Europe for implementing progressive drug and health-oriented policies. Similar to many cities around the world, Lisbon strives to balance the considerable economic benefits of a thriving and culturally diverse nightlife with the need to provide safe nightlife environments for local people and millions of visitors. Key to this is the need to manage drinking and drug taking, prevent violence and sexual assault and ensure that anyone and everyone feels safe in night time environments.
CPH staff and students presented on varied nightlife related topics along with a broad spectrum of sessions from international speakers.
The programme and abstract book are available here with speaker presentations to follow shortly.