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Thursday, 8 October


8:15 Check-in of participants


9:00 Welcome and opening addresses:

  • Katalin Felvinczi, Director of the National Institute for Drug Prevention (NDI)
  • Gyula Kincses, Director, National Institute for Strategic Health Research (ESKI)
  • Christine Goodair, Elisad Chair and Programme Co-ordinator, ICDP
  • Message from the SALIS Chair: Julie Murphy


Session on the state of the Hungarian drug problem and strategy


9:30 The drug problem in Hungary. Results from the national drug monitoring system

  Orsolya Varga, Head of the Hungarian Focal Point, Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour

The aim of the presentation is to introduce the Hungarian data collection system and to give a more detailed picture of the activities by which the Hungarian National Focal Point facilitates the exchange of information about the science-based facts of the drugs problem in Hungary. In harmony with the EMCDDA standards, the latest findings of the different indicators will be introduced, including the newest ESPAD results, drug-related crime, drug-related treatment, mortality and problem drug use. The NFP participated in two projects concerning drug-related infectious diseases, the one in low-threshold settings, the other in prison settings that are worth mentioning as standards for cooperation. Not only does the NFP collect and restructure all relevant information on the drugs problem in Hungary, but it plays a major role in the exchange of information and expertise. It made great effort to unify and harmonize data collection by regularly publishing supporting materials.




9:50 The new Hungarian Drug Strategy, 2010 - 2020

Katalin Felvinczi, Director of the National Institute for Drug Prevention (NDI) 

The strategy is still in progress…




10.10 Alcohol-related data collection in Hungary. Potentials in health policy

Tamás Koós, Senior consultant of the National Centre of Addictology

Health policy has to be careful when designing and implementing alcohol policy. Data collection systems has to be in place to inform decision making and enable health sciences to evaluate processes, effects and impacts of such policies. Due to the complexity of alcohol-problem existing data collection systems have to be examined and adapted to the specific needs of health policy. Systematic assessment of Hungarian alcohol-related data sources  –  including regular data collection systems, targeted data collection and alcohol-focused research activities – might contribute to the implementation of an effective alcohol-related alcohol-information system. Main functions of alcohol-related data collection: support decision making, legitimating policies, monitoring policies, evaluating interventions and measures and provide basis for professional and public communication. The “Health in all policies” principle must be emphasised in data collection policies in alcohol-field.




10:30 Coffee break


Session on gambling


11:00 Some elements for the history of pathological gambling

Aurélie Wellenstein, Librarian at the Marmottan Hospital presenting the work of Marc Valleur, Director of Marmottan and senior expert in the field

Gambling as a devouring, obsessive and invasive passion to the detriment of any affective and social involvement is well known and described since many centuries. Aristotle condemned it while admitting its distracting side and, conversely, Schiller considered that “the man is only a wholly man where he plays”.

However, for the international scientific literature, the concept of pathological gambling did only acquire an official existence in 1980 with its introduction in the DSM III. Since, gambling became the subject of numerous researches and publications in various fields. But what is really new within the medical or psychiatric prescriptions for a phenomenon that has been existing since the ancient times? The answer is more related to an evolution of views. To explain it, we are going to look at the history of gaming and pathological gambling, and thus at the evolution of a disorder that has successively been considered as a sin, a vice, and a public health problem.




11:20 The Hungarian gambling situation in a European context

Bernadette Kun, Borbála Paksi, Zsolt Demetrovics, Addiction research Unit, Eötvös Loránd University

While the most of the Western European countries have national prevalence data of adult pathological gambling (PG), we have very poor knowledge about PG in the post-communist European countries. Up to now only Estonia has national prevalence data of PG from this area. The main aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence rate of PG among Hungarian national population and compare our results to data of other European countries. Corvinus University of Budapest and Addiction Research Unit of Eötvös Loránd University conducted a national representative study to assess prevalence rates of several behavioral addiction problems such as PG. A total of 2 710 persons completed the questionnaires. PG was measured by the South Oaks Gambling Screen. We found that 42.2% of the population has ever gambled or bitted in Hungary and most of these people (38.9%) have no gambling problems. Lifetime prevalence rate of problem gambling was 1.9 and lifetime prevalence rate of PG was 1.4%.




11:40  A focus on gambling in Italy: data and services

Francesca Rascazzo, Sociologist, and Daniela Zardo, Librarian at the Documentation and Research Centre of Gruppo Abele

 This presentation will provide an overview of gambling in Italy, including quantitative data on the problem (which is growing) and information about the government policies in response. This will be followed by the description of a project including documentation, social research and a website on gambling. The web site is intended as an information and documentation service, as well as a help resource for problem gamblers. Included are a wide range of events, training opportunities, web sites and publications (most of which are available in the library of the Documentation and Research Centre of Gruppo Abele). The Centre began the project in 2007 with funding from the former Ministry of Social Solidarity.




12:00  Lunch


Session on research and publications


13:00 Making a difference: The impact of scholarly publication in addiction

Judit H. Ward, Director of Information Services, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, USA

Bibliometric methods are used by librarians, researchers, administrators, and publishers to monitor the impact of publications, individual articles, and authors. In the changing landscape of scientific publishing and electronic access, this paper addresses key issues in the assessment of scholarly publication in the multidisciplinary field of addiction. Available performance indicators at individual and institutional levels include both well-established and emerging analytical tools and ranking methods such as Journal Citation Report, Journal Impact Factor, Essential Science Indicator, Eigenfactor, h-index, g-index, ScienceWatch, Publish-or-Perish, etc. A brief review of the major proprietary and free tools is followed by the bibliometric analysis of data from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the oldest alcohol/addiction research journal in the United States published by the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University, a leader in alcohol research and documentation.





13:20  Report on the 2007 ESPAD survey

Zsuzsanna Elekes, associate professor, Corvinus University of Budapest Institute of Sociology and Social Policy

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other drugs (ESPAD) is a comparative survey project to collect information on the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among students throughout European countries. In the long run the most important aim is to monitor the trends of the adolescent substance use in European countries and to compare trends between countries. Data are collected every fourth year with 1995 as the starting point. The fourth data collection was carried out in 35 countries during the spring of 2007 and the results were published March 26, 2009. The ESPAD Project is coordinated by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN) and supported by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the Pompidou Group of Council of Europe. The paper presents the most important results of the 2007 ESPAD survey as well as findings regarding the long run trends.





14: 00  Coffee break    


Session on information and tools on the Internet


14:30  Dynamic information portal for experts

 Péter Teravágimov, Editor, National Institute for Drug Prevention (NDI), Hungary

As the drug problem was indentified in Hungary after the change of regime, several governmental ministries, institutes and NGOs began to deal with that. The most important of those is the National Institute for Drug Prevention, which supports efficient public policy responses, drug prevention and health development activities on national level, quality development, and professional cooperation on the multidisciplinary field of addictions. The website of our institute can help us and all the actors in fulfilling their main tasks. The presentation introduces to the main goals of this website, the target groups, as well as the structure and the functions of the site. Story of creating of the site will be shown in a few words, as well as the experiences and problems in running.




14:50 European and international alcohol and drug statistics on the Internet

Claes Olsson, Head of Library, CAN - Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and other Drugs

This paper will guide the audience through an extensive number of Internet sources on how to obtain statistics on alcohol and other drugs. At CAN library in Stockholm, more than 50 % of the incoming questions over a year are about different statistics. Beside Swedish statistics, which CAN itself produce, many inquiries about European countries  concerning the drug situation comes in. Sometimes it happens that people are asking for alcohol consumption in very far away countries, e.g. Malawi! Eurostat is the bureau within the European Commission which is producing datasets  on alcohol consumption among other public health topics. The EMCDDA is publishing its Statistical Bulletin yearly, where data on sub topics of narcotic drugs are accessible. On the WHO website one can retrieve a diversified number of data on risk factors as alcohol consumption worldwide. The UNODC is responsible for distribution of  knowledge on narcotic drugs worldwide.




15:20  The Internet as a resource for information on novel drugs and drug trends: Results of the Psychonaut Web Mapping project

Zoe Davey, Research Assistant, Division of Mental Health, Addictive Behaviour, St George's University of London

Over the past decade the recreational drug market in novel compounds, combinations and drug trends (legal highs/research chemicals/pharmaceuticals) has expanded rapidly. This can be attributed to developments in the manufacture, distribution, and communication of new substances of abuse, and new methods of administration. The Psychonaut Web Mapping Project is a two-year European Commission funded project conducted in 8 research centres, with the aim of developing a web scanning system to identify and categorise novel recreational compounds and new drug trends based on information on the Internet. Exploratory qualitative online searches in 8 languages have led to the development of a database of over 350 novel psychoactive compounds and combinations. Technical folders are being developed for those substances for which some level of diffusion in EU recreational consumers’ communities has been confirmed. Web mapping results and uses for health professionals/agencies are discussed.




15.40  PsycInfo on OvidSP

Eva Czegledi, Electronic content provider, Ovid Technologies

PsycINFO is an abstract database that provides systematic coverage of the psychological literature from the 1800s to the present.

PsycINFO contains bibliographic citations, abstracts, cited references, and descriptive information to help you find what you need across a wide variety of scholarly publications in the behavioral and social sciences. This is available on OvidSP, the cutting edge search platform.

The following is the introduction of the content and the most effective search modes.

American Psychological Association (APA) – www.apa.org

The full range of content from APA. What PsycInfo is. What is it made of? PsycINFO Subsets and Special Collections. How can the database help your work? PsycInfo Features: Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.  Classification System.Historic Records. Psychinfo on OvidSP – sample searches. Summary




16.00   End of the day – Board meeting at the library of ESKI



19:45   One hour sightseeing trip on the Danube.

Meeting point at 19:25 dock Nr. 10. (Dunayacht pontoon)



Friday, 9 October


Session on libraries and the future


9:00 Making connections, engaging the community a user's view

Christine Goodair, Programme Co-ordinator, International & National Programmes, ICDP, St George's University of London

For many years now the image of libraries and librarians has been subject to stereotypes, does this affect their ability to attract and develop their communities of users? What do you need to do to keep in touch and encourage your user community to access the rich resources available and value the function and role of the library and librarian? What else has an impact upon your communities, what are the challenges you face from the Internet?

This paper will explore these and other issues from the perspective of being a library user instead of being the librarian! Suggestions on how to develop your communities and provide added value will be shared.




9:30  A user survey for the SIRUS library

Jorunn Moen, Senior adviser, Norwegian Institute for Alcohol & Drug Research (SIRUS)

The SIRUS library is the Norwegian competence library for alcohol and drug research. During 2009, the library is undertaking a user survey. Questionnaires were disseminated in June. The results of the survey will be presented in November. The aim of the survey is to find out if the library services meet the demands and needs of the users - and if the library had potential users. Questback (www.questback) is being used to implement the survey electronically. The system is easy to use and can handle the results of the survey electronically. Questback is available in 10 languages and is used internationally. The questionnaires have been developed with the assistance of a lecturer from The College of Librarianship in Oslo, Questback and the library staff. In the presentation, I want to display the questionnaire and demonstrate the use of Questback and highlight some of the problems we have experienced.   




10:00 Coffee break


10:30  Round table : What's going on/changing in our libraries?

Introduction by Christine Goodair

Participants: Elisad librarians


12:00 Lunch


13:00  Elisad General Assembly


15:00   Visit the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Collection will be presented by Ágnes Kelecsényi, PhD. - Deputy Keeper of the Oriental Collection, LHAS


16:00 Guided tour in English in the Saint Stephen’s Basilica (roman catholic church).




Saturday, 10 October


12:30   Visit in the building of Hungarian Parliament (50 minutes)  – Meeting at 12:00 o’clock at gate XII.


Details of the cultural programmes







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