Society for the Study of Addiction

SSA PhD Symposium 2017


New for 2017, the SSA's PhD Symposium will be held the day before our annual Conference, in the same venue.

The SSA's symposium for PhD students is now in its ninth year. This event aims to bring together PhD students studying addiction-related topics so they can network, present their work in a low-key, supportive environment and share their ups and downs. It welcomes full and part-time students, studying in a range of disciplines including social sciences, laboratory sciences and health services research. The day includes presentations from students at various stages in the PhD process and some close to or who have recently submitted their thesis.

There is a social event in the evening of the PhD Symposium, and throughout the day there is plenty of opportunity to talk to other delegates.


The day will run from 11.00am - 4.30pm, and we will contact registered participants with details of the programme as and when they are finalised.


Qualitative Journal Club - this will follow at the end of the Symposium, and will be facilitated by Dr Charlotte Tompkins.

The QJC is an-SSA supported initiative – see https://www.addiction-ssa.org/knowledge-hub/topic/qualitative-methods-journal-club. The QJC session will be informal and open to all - you do not need to have any experience or knowledge of conducting qualitative research. Before the session, we will distribute a peer-reviewed, published qualitative research paper for those attending the session to read in advance. In the session, we will collectively discuss the paper, focussing on the use and application of qualitative research methods.


All PhD Symposium participants are encouraged also to attend our Annual Conference, held at the same venue on the Thursday and Friday following the PhD Symposium. It's a great opportunity to network with young researchers and established practitioners from across the field.

Discount delegate rates are available for students, and funded places are also available: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/symposium


Booking now closed




  • Start date: 08/11/2017
  • End date: 08/11/2017
  • Location:
    Crowne Plaza,
    Hawthorn Square, Forth Street,
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3SA
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