• Scientific Director,
  • Lisbon,
  • Portugal
In programme
  • November 24 12:20 to 13:10
  • November 25 15:00 to 15:30
  • November 25 15:00 to 15:30
  • November 25 15:30 to 16:00
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Paul Griffiths has been active in the drugs field for over 30 years and has published extensively on drug related topics. He was part of the team that conceived the original idea for launching a major conference on addiction science and practice in Lisbon. Prior to 1999, he was based in London working as a researcher and research manager at the UK´s National Addiction Centre. From 2000, his activities have focused on international aspects of drug use, working first for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in Vienna, (UNODC), and subsequently, for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Paul joined the EMCDDA in 2002, as head of the epidemiology unit and was appointed Scientific Director in 2010. In his current role he is responsible for the overall coordination and quality assurance of the EMCDDA scientific work. He holds an honorary position as a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Department of Addictions, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. His international activities include: participation on WHO expert committees, serving as part of the UK government’s expert panel on NPS; chairing an expert review of the Irish National Drug Strategy; and Chairing in 2018 the European Union Agencies Network for Scientific Advice. In 2012, his work was noted by the NIDA international programme when he received an award for excellence in International leadership.