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The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC2020), ‘Alcohol, Equity and Global Health: the benefit of alcohol control for sustainable development for all’, will be held from Monday 9th March 2020 to Wednesday 11th March 2020 in Dublin Ireland. GAPC2020 will be co-hosted by the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and the Department of Health in association with their partner organisations, The Health Service Executive, Alcohol Action Ireland, the Institute of Public Health, the Irish Heart Foundation, the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Irish College of General Practitioners.


The Scientific Advisory Committee of GAPC2020 invites abstract submissions from researchers and practitioners for a range of presentation types including oral presentations, workshops, table-tops and posters.


GAPC  2020’s focus is to build bridges between evidence, advocacy and alcohol control policy formulation and implementation. The conference will inform effective responses at local, state, national and international levels and forge links between the evidence and action through exchange of on-the-ground experience and use of rigorous alcohol policy research.


Previous conferences have also focused on advocacy, overcoming vested interests in alcohol policy development, and the need for international collaboration. GAPC 2020 will maintain this tradition with an overall focus on alcohol and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Presentations at GAPC 2020 will not include studies of an epidemiological nature unconnected with policy.

Abstract Submission closed midnight Thursday 29th August 2019

Late Breaking abstract submission closed midnight 16th December 2019


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We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the conference topics and themes.

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. Papers will be accepted and considered in two domains:


Clear design, presentation, analysis, outcomes



Clear context, process, analysis, outcomes

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.



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.



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 reinvigorate efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm worldwide. Authors will need to select at least one of the following topics for their abstract depending on which is most applicable. Topics include (not in order of priority):


  • Role of law in Global Health                                                                               

  • Building regional and/or global networks and coalitions

  • End of tobacco exceptionalism era

  • Regional cooperation for alcohol policy control

  • Framing and communicating the arguments for an FCAC

  • Timing and venues – windows of opportunity

  • 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 from an equity perspective

  • Women and children’s rights

  • Indigenous peoples and alcohol

  • Why alcohol matters: the breadth of harm

  • Economic and social costs of alcohol – to individuals, families, communities and the society

  • Alcohol policy to achieve the SDGs

  • Pricing policies;

  • Advertising and marketing;

  • Availability;

  • Implementation and law 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 through community mobilisation

  • Community action and policy implementation

  • Building alliances with other social movements








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?



A 60 or 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 4 presenters. Presenters will have 10 minutes for presentation. Each presentation will be followed by up to 5 minutes for question and answers.


Poster Presentations

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 25th November 2019.



All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review. Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements.


The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words.


The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables.

For each abstract submission, authors must identify as either a researcher or practitioner and select at least one topic.


If there is more than one presenter, all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract.


A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author. All abstracts must be in original work and submitted in English.


All abstract submissions must agree to the Speaker Terms and Conditions upon submission of the abstract. Presentation offers will be advised in November 2019.


Please note: All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance to present offer and pay the conference registration fee.


Abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility on the GAPC2020 website. 

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts.


Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. Do not submit a version with ‘track changes’ active.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.


All presenters must register once they have confirmed their acceptance of the presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee. Please note early bird registrations close 10 January 2020.

Open call for abstracts                                     15 May 2019

Close call for abstracts                                    29 August 2019

Advice of successful abstracts                        18 November 2019

Open call for late breaking abstracts             25 November 2019

Close call for late breaking abstracts             16 December 2019

Presenter registration deadline                       13 December 2019

Early Bird Registration closes                           10 January 2020

For any queries please email: gapc2020@abbey.ie or call +353 1 6486 130