Annual Conference 2020

When and where?

COVID-19 – PLEASE NOTE: Our Conference and PhD Symposium will go ahead this year. We are currently revising our plans and will announce more details here shortly.

Date: 5th – 6th November 2020
Opens: Thursday 5th
Closes: Friday 6th
Location: TBC


Lorna Templeton

Exploring the experiences and needs of families of veterans with substance use problems (FVSUs)

Professor Jonathan Ling

Use of performance and image enhancing drugs in ex-Services personnel

Simon Bradley

A qualitative investigation into the impact of a CDT (drug) discharge on substance misuse and mental health among service leavers

Annual Conference Delegate booking


The SSA Annual Conference will go ahead in November. In light of widespread social and travel restrictions we are exploring options and will not take further bookings until we are able to announce a revised conference plan. Check our website and twitter feed for updates.

SSA PhD Symposium, 2020

Wednesday, 4 November

Plans for this event are being reviewed and revised in the light of social and travel restrictions. We will update here, shortly.

The SSA PhD Symposium, built by and for PhD students, will go ahead in 2020.

Click here to see material presented in 2019

Annual Conference Delegate oral and poster abstracts

Delegates’ oral and poster papers are a big part of our Annual Conference. Online submission forms are now open.

Supported Helper

For SSA student associates wishing to further their training and gain conference organisation experience.

Supported Presenter

For undergraduate / Masters students wishing to present a paper.

Supported Third-sector / Volunteer / Service-user

For those working or volunteering in the third-sector, or those with lived-experience and who wish to present a paper.

Previous conferences


Annual Symposium 1985 Annual Symposium 1988 Annual Symposium 1989 Annual Symposium 1994 Annual Symposium 1995 Annual Symposium 1998 Annual Symposium 1999 Annual Symposium 2000 Annual Symposium 2005 Annual Symposium 2006 Annual Symposium 2007 Annual Symposium 2008 Annual Symposium 2009 Annual Symposium 2010 Annual Symposium 2011 SSA Annual Symposium 2012 SSA Annual Symposium 2013 SSA Annual Symposium 2014 SSA Annual Symposium 2015 SSA Annual Symposium 2016 SSA Annual Conference 2017 SSA PhD Symposium 2017 SSA Annual Conference 2018 SSA PhD Conference 2018 SSA Annual Conference 2019 SSA PhD Symposium 2019



As an organisation, we continue to function during the developing pandemic.

We are following all government and Charity Commission guidance in respect of staff and reporting issues.

Our funding schemes remain open and we are continuing to programme our conferences planned for November 2020.