Capacity building & knowledge exchange

Task 3 of DEEP SEAS will develop a series of Thematic Capacity Building workshops in key policy areas related to aclohol consumption and harm, with the support of hosts in selected EU member states, and within the frame of the prevention strand of the EU beating cancer plan. The idea is to facilitate clear communication and exchange of perspectives and priorities across sectors, and to establish sustainable connections which can endure after the events to enhance and promote health in all policy initiatives.

Along with sister contracts, FAR SEAS and AlHaMBRA Project, the projects will elaborate evidence-based briefing documents and organise a series of 7 multi-sectoral thematic workshops for knowledge exchange and capacity building, throughout 2020-2022, each supported by an evidence-based briefing document, based on a scientific review of the existing knowledge.

Workshop #7 – Policy and Practice to Tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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The next and final FAR SEAS Thematic Workshop in the series, ‘Policy and Practice to Tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders‘ , will take place as a 1-day on-site participatory event as part of the EUFASD 2022 conference in Arendal, Norway.

FAR SEAS will invite and cover the participation of around 45 participants – policymakers, multi-sectoral professionals and the scientific community – with the aim of exchanging knowledge and experiences, discussing barriers and solutions in carrying out national prevalence estimates of FASD, and effective policy and practice to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure in European contexts.

The workshop will consist of 2 consecutive and linked sessions:

  • Session 1 (morning): The population impact of FASD: Implementing large-scale prevalence of FAS/FASD studies
  • Session 2 (afternoon): Where we go next – Policy and practice to reduce the risk and prevalence of FAS/FASD

Outputs will include a peer-reviewed scientific summary; a set of short videos introducing the evidence and on-going European initiatives and experiences; and a workshop report, including recommendations for research and policy at the national and European levels.

Overview of the Thematic Workshops

Due to ongoing travel rescrictions as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and armed conflict in Ukraine, the workshop series has been revised. The new dates for workshops over 2020-2022 are as follows:

Procedure to develop the work

Task 3 of DEEP SEAS will provide a common approach and methodology to support European Member States in knowledge gathering, sharing best practice and capacity building for evidence-based alcohol policy and harm-reduction across multiple sectors, adopting a health in all policies approach.

For this end, in collaboration with sister contracts FAR SEAS and AlHaMBRA Project, DEEP SEAS will elaborate evidence-based briefing documents, mapping exercises and organise multi-sectoral thematic workshops for knowledge exchange and capacity building, focusing on 6 specific policy topics related to alcohol:

    1. Traditional Marketing
    2. Socioeconomic Inequalities
    3. Nutrition and Obesity
    4. Cancer
    5. Taxation and Pricing
    6. Agricultural Policy for Alcohol Products