Manchester to host Drugs, Alcohol, Women & Families Conference

Manchester Metropolitan University is hosting the first Drugs, Alcohol, Women and Families Conference (DAWF) on 23 and 24 May 2018.

Created by PHD students Sarah Fox (Manchester Met), Sharon Greenwood (University of Glasgow) and Joyce Nicholson (University of Glasgow), the conference is supported by the Society for the Study Addiction (SSA).

DAWF will focus on women, families and young people affected by substance abuse and will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to come together to discuss good practice. Keynote speakers include Dr Sally Marlow, Public Engagement Fellow at King’s College London and Professor Elizabeth Ettorre, emeritus professor at the University of Liverpool.

Whilst studies and discussions at events are typically well orchestrated, interesting and thought provoking the organisers explain that it is important to note that there is also room for making the ‘invisible’ groups in these areas, such as women and families, visible. This conference creates space for researchers and practitioners to share these common interests to come together and discuss good practice.

Sarah Fox commented: “We’re delighted to host our event at Manchester Met, particularly in the Brooks building. There is a wealth of knowledgeable and experienced addiction academics from a range of backgrounds, as well as many PhD students researching in the addictions field. It is also the ideal venue for this conference because of its geographical location with researchers, academics and practitioners travelling from all over the UK. The support from the conference team in particular James Charnock, and Faculty Accountant, Anthony Fosbrook, has been invaluable, providing advice and direction throughout.”

Registration is now open. To find out more about DAWF conference and to reserve a place, visit or tweet @dawf2018

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