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The theme of this year's conference is the public interest purpose of licensing as it relates to communities, economic interests and the law.


Conference Chair - Lesley Riddoch


  • Alcohol licensing and the public good: historical perspectives - Dr James Nicholls, Alcohol Research UK
  • Sir Crispin Agnew QC
Coffee break

  • Is neighbourhood outlet density related to alcohol consumption and health inequalities in Scotland? - Professor Jamie Pearce and Dr Niamh Shortt, University of Edinburgh
  • Review of statements of licensing policy 2013-16 and key findings - Dr Evelyn Gillan, Alcohol Focus Scotland
  • Discussion
Lunch 1-2pm


  • Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice
  • Strengthening the community voice in the licensing process: emerging challenges and solutions - Deborah Shipton, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Ian Clark, Iconic Consulting
  • Discussion
  • Closing remarks


Delegates come from a range of backgrounds including licensing boards, public health, the licensed trade, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, and the police.

Delegate cost: £149

To book your place please complete and return this booking form

NHS Grampian Substance Misuse Symposium - 9th October 2014
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
This conference will allow delegates to hear from a range of partners and permit networking and facilitated discussion on how we can all help to improve any negative impact that alcohol and drugs use causes across Grampian.

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The 4th National Recovery Conference is an opportunity for people in recovery and healthcare professionals to positively engage in taking substance addiction treatment forward together.

The conference is run over 2 days - 10 & 11 November 2014.

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