Call for Paper: International Conference on Cooperation in Substance Abuse Research and Antidrug Practices in Asia 2016 & 4th Annual Meeting of AASAR

Call for Paper

Annual Meeting 2016

National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

November 10-11, 2016


Breaking down Barriers and Building Cooperation in Substance Abuse Research and Antidrug Practices


Purpose and Programs

Substance abuse is a common problem faced by most countries in the world including Asia. Effective policies and practices to reduce substance abuse often require multilevel and cross-organizational cooperation, including cooperation between different regions, between governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and between researchers and practitioners. Through years of effort, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and scholars in Asia and across the world have developed many successful programs to combat substance abuse. These knowledge and experiences contributed significantly to our understanding of substance abuse as a social problem and the strategies to deal with it. The main purpose of this conference is to bring together government officials and policymakers, leading scholars, and substance abuse treatment providers of diverse backgrounds from Asian countries to discuss opportunities, strategies, and challenges in substance abuse research, prevention and treatment and to identify avenues of cooperation among concerned individuals and organizations. While it focuses on Asia, the conference also aims at facilitating collaboration between Asian and non-Asian countries. We can learn much from the insights and experiences of scholars and professionals who are involved in substance abuse research and practices elsewhere in the world and from scientific evidence accumulated through research and program evaluations. Therefore, we will also welcome participants from other parts of the world who will bring international or comparative perspectives on substance abuse prevention and treatment or who will share information and ideas about building a broad-based coalition to reduce the problem of substance abuse.



The conference will focus on the following themes:

1. Types, distributions, and trends of substance abuse

2. Causes and consequences of substance abuse

3. Prevention and treatment of substance abuse

4. Correlates of substance abuse and crime

5. Drugs and the criminal justice system

6. Research collaboration on substance abuse

7. Partnership between substance abuse researchers and practitioners

8. Regional and international cooperation on drug abuse prevention and control

9. Scientific advancement and methodology

Keynote Speakers

  • Steven Belenko, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Kamiar Alaei, Public Service Professor and Founding Director of Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, Department of Public Administration & Policy,
  •                      University at Albany, State University of New York.
  • Spencer De Li, Professor, President of Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research and Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau.

Conference Location and Schedule

Location: National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan


           November 9, 2016 (Wednesday)                       Arrival & Registration

           November 10-11, 2016 (Thursday-Friday)        Events & Activities

           November 12, 2016 (Saturday)                         Departure

Conference Languages

English and Chinese. On-site translation will be provided during presentation sessions as needed.

Registration Fees

Registration fees can be paid either by bank transfer or onsite at the meeting. Prices are as follows:

Registration Category

Before October 1*

After October 1

AASAR member



AASAR student member






Non-member student




* Participants who pay the registration fee by bank transfer before October 1, 2016 will receive a 10% discount.

Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau), Hoi Wan Branch


Account Name: Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research

Account Number: 0119000500002478457(MOP)



Abstract/Paper Submission

All abstracts or papers must be submitted either on-line through the AASAR website at or by email to Submission for conference presentation must include a title and abstract of no more than 250 words, along with author information. The deadline for abstract/paper submission is Sep 31, 2016.

Paper Submission and Publication

Participants who submit a full paper will be given priority in conference presentation. Author(s) whose abstract/paper is selected for presentation will receive an official notification by Oct 15, 2016. Papers submitted to the conference will be selected for publication in a special journal issue or an edited book.


Taiwan participants:

Yuehhsing Chang : +886-5-2724151



Liang Min, Luna: (853) 65705876 / (86) 15056998717;

Xia Yiwei, Nemo: (853) 63876465 / (86) 18063876465;

Tang Wei, Tina: (853) 63869526 / (86) 18063869526;

Xiaohua Zhang: (853) 63864259 / (86) 18063864259.



For more information, please visit the website of AASAR:


Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research

University of Macau

National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Taiwan Society for Substance Abuse Research