8th Biennial International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa Abuja, Nigeria DRAFT PROGRAMME Tuesday, 22 July 2008 Arrival Wednesday, 23 July 2008 8 am – 6.00 pm: Registration 9 am: Opening session Welcome by conference chair Address by Guest of Honour Other invited guests Tribute to Professor Bisi Odejide Presentation of special issue of African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies 10 am: Break 10.30 am: First plenary presentations (2 hours) Invited presentations 12.30 pm: Lunch 1.30 pm: Scientific session (1.5 hours) 3 pm: Scientific session (1.5 hours) 5.30 pm: End of Day One Thursday, 24 July 2008 9 am – 12.30 pm: Second plenary Alcohol Policy Development and Implementation Workshop (3.5 hours) Workshop faculty: Professor Tom Babor, University of Connecticut Professor David Ndetei, University of Nairobi Dr Kerstin Stenius, STAKES, Helsinki Professor Isidore S. Obot, CRISA 12.30 pm: Lunch 1.30 pm: Scientific session (1 hour) 2.30 pm: Scientific session (1 hour) 3.30 pm: Break 4 pm: Scientific session (1 hour) 5 pm: General session (1.5 hour) 7 – 9 pm: Closing Reception (2.5 hours) Friday, 25 July 2008 9 am – 1 pm: International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) Publishing Workshop (4 hours) Workshop faculty: Tom Babor, Addiction Richard Pates, Journal of Substance Abuse Isidore Obot, African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies James Gire, Virginia Social Science Journal Kerstin Stenius, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs Conference Chair: Professor Isidore S. Obot Conference Secretary: Dr Andrew Zamani www.crisanet.org 8th Biennial International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa ________________________________________________________________________ Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria 23-25 July 2008 Chelsea Hotel, Central Business District Travel Information All major airlines have direct flights into Lagos (the commercial and business capital of Nigeria) from European and some African cities. Two airlines also fly directly from Europe to Abuja, the political capital of Nigeria. These are British Airways from London (arrives about 5 am) and KLM from Amsterdam (arrives about 8 pm). If you take the Lagos route note that there will be a taxi ride to the domestic airport, the additional cost of a one-hour flight to Abuja and, depending on the time of arrival in Lagos, an overnight stay in the city. There are many flights each day between Lagos and Abuja beginning quite early and ending late in the evening. You may wish to check the websites of such local airlines as Bellview, Virgin Nigeria, Arik,and Aero Contractors for their schedules but the information on the sites might be outdated. It is not necessary to make a domestic flight reservation or buy a ticket online. Just go to the domestic airport and buy a one-way ticket for the next available flight to Abuja at a cost of between $120 and $150. A taxi ride from the international to the domestic airport in Lagos might cost you the equivalent of $20 in Naira, the local currency. The exchange rate at the bureaus in the airport is currently N119 to $1. For travelers from Europe in particular (and for others as well), it is recommended that you travel on an airline with direct flights to Abuja (for now that means BA or KLM). From the US: Two airlines fly directly from the US to Lagos -- North American from New York and Baltimore, and Delta from Atlanta. Both Airlines take you into Lagos in the morning and you can then catch a one-hour flight to Abuja from the domestic wing of the international airport, or at another domestic terminal a short taxi ride away. You may also wish to go through Europe, the advantage of which is that you can fly directly to Abuja via British Airways or KLM. The disadvantage is that the wait in Europe can be quite long but this might be countered by the convenience of flying directly into Abuja. Lagos is a bit too boisterous (some might say rowdy) but it is the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa and well worth the experience. From the Abuja airports to the hotel: There are official airport taxis outside the international and domestic airports. The cost to the conference hotel may be up to the equivalent of $40. If you let the LOC know of your arrival time we may be able to pick you up at the airport to the hotel. Call any of these numbers +234 805 958 1331; +234 703 940 8945 or send e-mail to email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Hotel accommodation Abuja has a wide range of hotels but it recommended that you stay in the conference hotel. The conference will be held at the venue of the 2006 conference, a beautiful and comfortable hotel situated right in the central business district of the capital city. We will make a reservation for you in the hotel at a negotiated rate of about $110 per night, which includes free internet access in your room and buffet breakfast. You can also make your reservation at the hotel website: http://www.chelseahotelabuja.com/. Two other hotels in the same general area of Chelsea are Reiz Continetal Hotel (http://www.reizcontinentalhotel.com) and Bolingo Hotel. Of course, Abuja has it fair share of both more expensive and cheaper hotels so if you are interested in any of these please contact the local organizing committee. There are also guest houses for as low as $50 or N6,000. Visa to Nigeria If you need an invitation letter for your visa application please contact Isidore S. Obot (Chair of the International Committee) as soon as possible at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference registration Pre-registration is encouraged so please complete and submit the registration as soon as possible. Important dates to remember 28 April 2008: Last day to submit abstracts 16 May 2008: Abstract selection notices sent 27 June 2008: Deadline for receipt of full papers 22 July 2008: Arrival in Abuja and registration at the hotel 23 July 2008: Conference opens at 9 am 24 July 2008: Alcohol policy workshop and end of main conference 25 July 2008: ISAJE publishing workshop www.crisanet.org RESEARCH AND PUBLISHING TRAINING WORKSHOP At the 8th Biennial International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Society CRISA, Inc., and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) invite you to a training workshop on: How to Write and Publish Addiction Science Chelsea Hotel, Abuja (Central Business District), 25 July 2008 9 am-1 pm Topics to be covered: Preparing your article … How to choose a journal … Good citation practices … Ethical issues … Responding to referees’ comments … Views from the editors … etc. Participants: The workshop is open to all registered participants at the 8th Biennial International Conference on “Alcohol, Drugs and Society,” Abuja, 23-25 July 2008. Workshop Faculty: (i) Prof. Tom Babor, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Addiction (USA) (ii) Dr Richard Pates, Editor, Journal of Substance Abuse (UK) (iii) Prof. James Gire, Editor, Virginia Journal of Social Science (USA) (iv) Dr Kerstin Stenius, Editor, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (Finland) (v) Prof. Isidore S. Obot, Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies (Nigeria) Resource: Publishing addiction science: a guide for the perplexed (edited by Babor, Stenius & Savva, ISAJE/WHO, 2004). Contact: For more information about the workshop and conference please contact Dr Andrew Zamani at email@example.com (+234 805 958 1331) or Prof. Isidore S. Obot at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.crisanet.org 8th Biennial International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa 23-25 July 2008. Abuja, Nigeria CONFERENCE REGISTRATION First Name: ____________________ Last Name: _________________ Title: _________ Affiliation: _______________________________________________________________ Mailing address: __________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________________________ Fax: ____________________________ (include country code) E-mail: ________________________________________________________________ Will participate in the publishing workshop on Friday, 25 July? ___ Yes ___ No Registration: N10,000 (Nigerians); $100 (foreign participants); N3,000 (students) Methods of payment Cheque or money order: Send to CRISA, 10 Sandview Ct, Baltimore, MD 21209-1754, USA (for participants living outside Nigeria); or to CRISA, c/o Dr Andrew Zamani, UATH, PMB 228, Abuja, FCT (for participants in Nigeria). Direct transfer: to CRISA, Inc. account, Provident Bank, PO Box 1661, Baltimore, 21203-1661, MD. Account number: 0006036678. Routing number: 252073018 Participants are encouraged to submit the registration form as an e-mail attachment by 30 April to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. However, there will be no extra charge for those who elect to pay during on-site registration.