Mark Bellis

Public Health Wales, UK

Professor Mark Bellis is Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being in Public Health Wales and is also Professor of Public Health at Bangor University.

Mark has undertaken substantive work in the fields of violence, alcohol, drugs and sexual health. He has published over 180 academic papers and more than 250 applied public health reports. Professor Bellis is a member of the WHO global expert advisory panel on violence prevention. Over two decades ago Mark was one of the co-founders of Club Health. The Club Health initiative and international conferences were created to help facilitate exciting, entertaining and critically safer nightlife through multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approaches. Mark’s presentation at Club Health 2019 will explore the development and delivery of those ambitions since Club Health was last hosted in Amsterdam – back in 1999.

Shamiro van der Geld

Night Mayor Amsterdam, Netherlands

Shamiro is the current Night Mayor of Amsterdam.

His background is as an MC, producer, TV host and long time participant in the city’s vibrant nightlife scene.

Shamiro has pledged to focus his tenure on empowering DIY scenes, improving diversity and representation, and propagating nightlife education, values and ideas that challenge out-dated perceptions.

Gerard Hastings

Gerard Hastings

Gerard Hastings is Professor Emeritus at Stirling University and also works with L’École des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, Rennes. He founded the Institute for Social Marketing and has focused on researching the impact of marketing on society – both for good and ill. This has involved him in advising Government and working with policy makers and civil society nationally and internationally. His latest books are Social Marketing: Rebels with a Cause and The Marketing Matrix: how the corporation gets its power and how we can reclaim it. In 2009 he was awarded the OBE for services to health care. In 2014 he accepted the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on behalf of the University of Stirling for the Institute for Social Marketing’s critical marketing research. Gerard’s presentation will focus on the marketing of alcohol, how it works and how it can be controlled.
Gerard Hastings Club Health Conference Amsterdam



Dirk Korf  Club Health Conference Amsterdam speaker

Brian is a professor in the Dept. of Sociology at Purdue University.

He has been doing research on nightlife and health for twenty years.

More generally, Brian’s research examines contextual influences on young people’s health, mainly focusing on substance use, sexual health, and mental health.

He is Director of Purdue’s Center for Research on Young People’s Health and currently serves as co-editor of the American Sociological Association’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Senior Editor for Addiction.

He also serves on the scientific advisory board of the U.S. National Drug Early Warning System.

Brian’s plenary presentation at the conference will focus on issues related to nightlife, marginalised groups and social exclusion.

Dirk Korf

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dirk Korf  Club Health Conference Amsterdam speaker
Dirk is a professor in Criminology at the University of Amsterdam. His main fields of research are patterns and trends in drug use and drug trafficking, violence, and crime and crime prevention. He is particularly interested in the balance between pleasures and problems of drug use, the role of formal and informal social control in drug use, and the link between criminalization, decriminalization, legalization and drug markets. He has published numerous papers, reports and books on these issues, and is chair of the European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD) and member of the Scientific Committee of EMCDDA. Dirk’s presentation at Club Health Amsterdam 2019 will explore cannabis, coffee shops and tourism.

Fiona Measham

Department of Sociology, Durham University and The Loop, UK

Fiona Measham has been a Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Durham University since 2013. Fiona has conducted research for three decades exploring changing trends in drugs and intoxication, festival and nighttime economies, and the wider socio-cultural context to consumption. Fiona’s current research programme includes annual research at UK festivals exploring the prevalence and policing of festival drug and alcohol use; mapping local drug markets; research and evaluation of European drug safety testing services; a study of sexual harassment and sexual violence at festivals; and a partnership developing rapid forensic analysis for public health.

Fiona is co-founder and co-director of The Loop (in the UK in 2013) and The Loop Safety Testing (in Australia in 2018) charities, which provide an integrated service of drugs, alcohol and sexual health advice and support, forensic testing, brief interventions, research and evaluation. The Loop is best known for introducing Multi Agency Safety Testing to UK festivals in 2016 and UK cities in 2018.

Fiona will take part in a moderated discussion about pill testing, with other conference participants. Topics to be explored will include identifying the key strategic and operational steps, barriers and facilitating factors; managing risk and expectations; improving the evidence base and considering what drug safety testing will look like in the future.

Ton Nabben

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ton Nabben is a drug researcher/criminologist at the Bonger Institute of Criminology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands

For the last 30 years focused his research on drug use in youth cultures, drug markets and policy. As a researcher on 'hidden populations' he often navigates along the raw outskirts of cities and towns.

Since the 1990s, Ton has co-authored the yearly Amsterdam drug monitor, Antenne that publishes trends in alcohol, tobacco and drugs by young Amsterdammers. The drug monitor is an important tool for Jellinek Prevention and the City of Amsterdam to follow new developments and is a crucial source for informing policy, prevention and harm reduction interventions. The arrival of a 'new chemical generation' and subsequent (drug) trends are central themes in his doctoral thesis: 'High Amsterdam: rhythm, rush and rules in nightlife' (2010). In his presentation, 25 years of drug monitoring in Amsterdam Nightlife, Ton will describe wave like trends of drug use and drug markets from various perspectives (drug, set and setting) within the trendsetting and fluid nightlife scene.

Gjalt-Jorn Peters

Dutch Open University, Netherlands

Gjalt-Jorn is a behavior change researcher at the Dutch Open University. Since his PhD research on the determinants of ecstasy use and related harm reduction strategies, he has retained a special interest in nightlife-related risk behaviors. Gjalt-Jorn is a specialist in Intervention Mapping, a systematic approach to the development of effective behavior change interventions, which involves developing innovative methods that facilitate both studying why people do what they do and how to target those determinants most effectively.

Gjalt-Jorn is a member of the advisory board for Dutch peer education initiative Unity and a project group member of the Celebrate Safe campaign, where he is responsible for the Party Panel study. In the Party Panel study, every year, the determinants of a different nightlife-related risk behavior are mapped. The results then inform interventions in Dutch nightlife settings, such as the "Are you OK?" campaign launched in 2018 by Rutgers.

In his presentation, Gjalt-Jorn will present the Party Panel project and give an overview of the results of the first four waves. These results will be used as examples of a systematic approach to developing effective behavior change interventions.

Alison Ritter

University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes.

One of her current research interests is examining ways to engage citizens in drug policy deliberations. At a time of when ‘evidence-based policy’ is reaching its limits, her work takes a multi-disciplinary approach to participation, and how to effect humane, effective policies that reduce drug-related harm. Alison will present on nightlife policy and citizen engagement in a time of fake news.

Andreina Seijas J

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, US

Andreina is a Venezuelan communications professional and policy consultant currently specialising in nighttime planning and policy as part of her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously, Andreina was the Information Manager for the Mayor’s Office of the Chacao municipality in Caracas, worked as Policy Associate at Americas Society/ Council of the Americas.

Andreina studies how cities can become safer, more inclusive and productive by creating quality spaces for work and leisure after dark.  Her research looks at how policy and planning can accommodate more elastic and efficient uses of urban spaces throughout the day and analyses the relevance of new forms of urban governance—such as the emerging role of ‘night mayors’—as mechanisms to facilitate conflict resolution at night. As part of her research, in 2017 she published a guide with Sound Diplomacy that gathers 11 case studies from cities that are innovating in the way they plan and manage their night scenes. Andreina co-curates Nocturnal Cities, the first Latin American Conference on Night-Time Planning that took place in Bogota, Colombia in November 2018.

Andreina’s presentation will focus on what's shaping nightlife and how to balance economic and cultural impacts with public health.

Mireia Ventura

ABD-Energy Control, Spain

Mireia is a pharmacist PhD.

She has worked as a director of the Drug Checking service of Energy Control-ABD since 2007. Mireia is a collaborator of IMIM (Instituto Municipal de Investigaciones Médicas), which is directly involved with the scientific diffusion of Novel Psychoactive Substances. 

Mireia is also the Network Manager of TEDI. Established in 2011, the Trans European Drug Information project (TEDI) is a network of European fieldwork Drug Checking services that share their expertise and data within a European monitoring and information system.

Mireia will provide an international perspective about the development and implementation of drug testing/checking in relation to nightlife and festival settings and consider what drug checking might or should look like in the future


Adam is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist based in London. Alex is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching sex, drugs and sexual consent.

Adam is Honorary Clinical Professor at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London. He is also founder and director of Global Drug Survey (GDS) which runs the biggest drug survey in the world. He’s published over 100 research papers and is the architect of the free on line and smart phone apps the drinks meter and drugs meter and the world's first safer use cannabis guidelines at

Alex's work focuses specifically on the contexts in which intoxicated sexual activity takes place, exploring the roles of space, the body, and how these interact with broader structural factors like gender and sexuality to shape consent practices. Alex works as a Research Associate for the Global Drug Survey, which this year is collecting data on the experiences of individuals who report having been taken advantage of while intoxicated.

Adam will speak about the GDS headline findings and Alex will talk about sexual assault, consent and intoxication findings and how they can inform policy and practice in nightlife settings.

Sjoerd Wynia, Netherlands

Sjoerd started his career in the music industry in 1995

He was co-founder of production company The Good Guyz, and also one of the founders of club Air in Amsterdam. Apart from that he is festival director of Dutch festivals Amsterdam Open Air, Buiten Westen and Valhalla, amongst others. Besides being a festival organiser, Sjoerd is one of the Instigators of the Celebrate Safe campaign.
Sjoerd Wynia, Netherlands


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