Marco Bamberger, Master of Arts in Architecture FHNW, worked as a researcher at the Institute of Architecture at FHNW and started working as an independent architect in 2016. In his masters exchange semester he studied urban design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 2011 to 2013 he worked in Haiti for Caritas Switzerland in the post-earthquake reconstruction of schools and private houses.
Dr Michelle Baybutt is a Senior Research Fellow in the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit at the University of Central Lancashire – and takes the lead for prisons and other justice settings within the Unit. She has coordinated the Pan Regional Prisons Programme: Health, Inclusion and Citizenship since 2007 which more recently has focused on facilitating the development of ‘Greener on the Outside for Prisons’ [GOOP] – a programme of horticulture across all North West Public Sector Prisons and one Probation Approved Premises. In addition, Michelle has led work commissioned by Blackburn with Darwen’s Public Health department, to develop a whole-borough healthy place programme. She is committed to improving the health of the socially excluded or marginalised, and to addressing the inequalities faced by such groups.
Dr Ingrid van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has worked at the sharp end of harm reduction for the past 30 years. She was the Director of Sydney’s Kirketon Road Centre until 2017, which is among the world’s most comprehensive primary health care services for ‘at risk’ young people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs. She was also the founding Medical Director of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, which was the first and still only service of this kind in Australia, describing its establishment and early years in a book entitled: In the eye of the needle::diary of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (Allen & Unwin 2004).
Ingrid was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to public health in 2010. She was also honoured to receive the Paolo Pertica Award at the City Health International 2017 conference, for her humane and compassionate approach to the often complex problems of criminalised populations.
Marius Beerli studied history and French at Universtity of Zurich. He was then working for a daily newspaper covering local and regional politics. He is now responsible for social policy at the Swiss union of cities an towns.
Isabella Bertschi, from Switzerland, graduated as M.Sc. in Psychology. She has since worked as a junior researcher at School of Education FHNW in Basel in an interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in sociology, public health, psychology and special needs education. Isabella Bertschi is working on her ethnographic PhD project on health-related everyday practices of Latin American immigrant families. Her main research topics include early childhood and early childhood intervention, family health, health inequalities, migrant health and health literacy.
Current positions: Professor, head of the Dependencies Unit of the Primary Care Division, Geneva University Hospitals. Academic advisor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.
Graduate from the Medical Faculty of the University of Amsterdam, NL; Master’s Degree at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal; Swiss specialisation title in Prevention and Public Health. Two years experience in public health and education in developing countries (India, Nepal). Twenty-five years of clinical, teaching and research experience at the Geneva University Hospitals in the field of substance use, addiction, HIV and harm reduction. Vice-president of the Swiss Society of Addiction Medicine. Vice-president of the Swiss Federal Commission on Addiction-related Questions. Consultant for the WHO, Council of Europe, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health for addiction policy and drug treatment issues. Member of the Swiss federal expert group on medical cannabinoids, founding member of the Swiss Taskforce for Cannabinoids in Medicine. Over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Yann Bochsler, lic.rer.soc., FHNW, studied political science and law at the universities of Bern and Lyon. He worked as a scientific employee from 2011 to 2015 at the central office of the Swiss conference for social welfare (SKOS). Since june 2015 he works as a scientific employee at the Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development (School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland). His main topics are poverty, social assistance in Switzerland, social and professional integration and adequate housing. He is currently implementing his doctoral project on the subject of young adults without vocational training in social assistance at the University of Geneva under the mentorship of the professors Carlo Knöpfel and Jean-Michel Bonvin. He is member of the individual project (IP205) “welfare boundaries” of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES.
Alexander Bücheli, born 1975 in Zurich Switzerland, has over fifteen years of experience with prevention and harm reduction in recreational settings. He was from 2001 until 2015, in charge of the city of Zurich’s nightlife prevention offer, saferparty.ch and one of the mastermind behind the development of Zurich’s Drug Checking offer and the Safer Clubbing quality label. Today he is as freelances member of Zurich’s Night Major Council and mandated from the Bar and Club Commission Zurich, the Swiss Bar and Club Commission and PromoterSuisse as nightlife-lobbyist. On the international level, he is part of the Berlin Stadt nach Acht – Nights Conference organisation committee and president of the European NEWNet network. He is also active in different Swiss (e.g. Safer Dance Swiss) and European (e.g. NEWNet) nightlife prevention and harm reduction groups. His vision of the night, as harm reduction activist, lobbyist, night-major and nightlife community developer is not only focussing on health, it’s also about city management and the development of an attractive nightlife culture, to enhance the pleasure of going out.
Radu Colt is Deputy manager of Metropolitan Agency for Sustainable Development Brasov, Romania. For the last 7 years, he has coordinated various initiatives for the development of the urban and rural communities that form Brasov metropolitan area, from the elaboration of the strategies for sustainable development up to the implementation of various projects (in different fields such as infrastructure, education, physical activity and sport) that contribute to the achievement of these strategies.
Emmanuel Cornelius is a sociologist working since 2004 on the social development for the City of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg. He coordinates the social politics and services of the municipality.
In 2004 the City of Esch-sur-Alzette opened the first night shelter for homeless. The City of Esch-sur-Alzette is a funding member of the European exchange forum on local homeless strategies - Habitact.
Tom Decorte is full professor in criminology, at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law, Ghent University (Belgium). He is director of the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD), a research group that plays a prominent part in the social scientific collection and transfer of knowledge regarding different aspects of the use of drugs, drug trafficking and drug policies in Belgium. He is very active in international networks such as the European Society for Social Drug research (ESSD), the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) and the Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium (GCCRC). His research focuses on drug epidemiology, local drug monitoring, drug use in hidden or difficult-to-access populations, drug markets and production, and local, national and international drug policies.
Dr Manon Delisle is Project Officer Partner Relations at Health Promotion Switzerland. She organises the National Health Promotion Conference, which attracts each year a wide audience of prevention and health promotion professionals working at the national, cantonal and local levels. Previously, Dr Delisle worked as Sustainable Development Officer for the canton of Fribourg, in environmental protection for the Swiss government and in public transport planning for the Swiss Federal Railway.
Dr Tetiana Deshko has been working in HIV/AIDS since 2001. As a part of Alliance for Public Health in Ukraine she led Field Programs Department and achieved success developing and implementing national HIV/AIDS program among key populations reaching annually to over 250 000 people, that resulted in decline in new infections in the country. Ukraine program is considered to be a model for the EECA region and is internationally acknowledged to be among best response practices in concentrated HIV epidemics. Starting from 2011 Tetiana has been managing international and multi-country projects in Asia, East Africa and EECA region. Tetiana Deshko was among the initiators of the city HIV/TB programs in EECA to develop effective and sustainable city response models. She holds PhD in social sciences.
Jörg Dittmann, Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Studied sociology, I am currently a lecturer at the Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development, School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Main Focus in research, social services and teaching: social planning, poverty including homelessness and quantitative research methods.
Lars received his PhD in “clinical exercise physiology” from the University of Jena (Germany) and currently holds a senior researcher position at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health (University of Basel, Switzerland). He was temporarily affiliated to the Northern Michigan University (USA) as an adjunct professor and will soon be appointed as an associate professor on “Intervention Research in Exercise Training” at the German Sport University (Germany) in Cologne. Lars published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on acute & longitudinal responses upon different modalities of neuromuscular & cardiocirculatory exercise in various populations (e.g., children, adults, patients, seniors) and settings (e.g., clinic, workplace, school, kindergarten) and is committed to several book projects and teaching in higher education.
Vaper of over five years who presents and researches on ecigs for one of the most popular ecig-centric televisual services on the Internet.
Madame Ruth Dreifuss is a former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. She will deliver the Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture during the conference.
Ruth Dreifuss (born in 1940, single) studied in Geneva where she received a degree in economics with special focus on econometrics in 1971. In her varied professional career she served as hotel secretary, editor of the weekly journal Coopération, social worker, assistant at the Geneva University. She then worked nine years for the Swiss Agency for Development and Humanitarian Aid (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) and became in 1981 Secretary of the Swiss Labour Union Federation. In that capacity, she was responsible for sectors including social insurance, labour law, gender equality and relations with the International Labour Organization (ILO). As responsible for public health and social insurance, she implemented a new policy in the fields of drug addiction and prevention of HIV/AIDS. She was also in charge with the introduction of the new law on health insurance, which guaranties a universal coverage for the Swiss population. After her retirement from government, she contributed to the WHO report on intellectual property rights, innovation and public health.
Matthias Drilling, Prof. Dr., Head of the Institute for Social Planning, Organizational Change and Urban Development at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, School of Social Work, in Basel studied Geography and Economics in Freiburg (Germany). He finished a Master in Spatial Planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. He is MC Member of the COST Action CA15218 “Measuring Homelessness in Europe”. His latest research projects - financed by the EU-COST/SBFI, SNF (incl. NCCR), Cantons and Foundations - focused on sustainable urban development, urban poverty and elderly people in urban life. His methodological approaches are on qualitative analysis (esp. hermeneutics).
Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein is a social anthropology specialized in socio-cultural dimensions of housing and human settlements, displacement, resettlement, and post-disaster reconstruction. Between 1999 and 2008 she was a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Zurich. From 2004-2015 she was a senior researcher at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland where she founded and directed the World Habitat Research Centre. She has directed several international research projects in South- and South-East Asia and Latin America. In 2016 she joined the ETH – Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment as a senior researcher and coordinator of the ETH MAS in Housing.
Dr Katharina Endes is a research assistant at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health (DSBG) at the University of Basel. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Basel analyzing associations between physical fitness, cardiovascular health and back health in 6 to 8 year-old children of Basel-Stadt. In addition, she graduated at the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) in 2016. Her research topics are physical fitness, physical activity and health in children and adolescents.
Since 2014, Dr. iur., LLM, Lukas Engelberger is a member of the Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt and Head of the Public Health Department.
After his studies and doctorate in law at the universities of Basel, Fribourg, Bern and London, he was practising as an atorney at Bär & Karrer in Zürich (2003-2005) and as a legal counsel at F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. in Basel (2005-2014).
He is member of the executive committee of the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health (GDK) and Member of the Board of Swissmedic (Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products).
Carlo Fabian is a Professor, Senior Researcher and Project Leader at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development. He has a degree in Health and Social Psychology, is a Specialist Psychologist in Health Psychology (FSP) and has a Master of Advanced studies (MAS) in Coaching Studies. After several years as researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich (1997-2001), the Swiss Institute for Health and Addiction Research (1999-2000) and the FHNW (2001-2008), he worked at RADIX (2008-2012), a Swiss not-for-profit organisation, where he developed and implemented many projects in municipalities with a focus on participation. Since 2011 he has led projects at the FHNW addressing the subject of urban development, participatory planning and well-being.
Dalma Fabian is a policy officer at FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations working with Homeless People) and has been working on health and homelessness and women's homelessness for a number of years. She has a MA in human rights.
Research Associate, Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit, University of Central Lancashire. Dr Alan Farrier is a qualitative researcher who has worked on a variety of health and wellbeing research projects in public health settings, with a diverse range of participants including: prisoners and prison staff, young offenders, people with mental health issues, refugees and asylum seekers and other socially excluded and marginalised groups. He is interested in a range of psychosocial research methods, including narrative-based interviewing and analysis. His current work includes developing a strategic framework for maximizing the potential for collaboration between the voluntary, community and faith sector and public sector and an evaluation of the UK Healthy Universities Network.
After an academic career in Australia and Britain, Professor Geoff Gallop was a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 2006. He was a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993, Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001, and from 2001 to 2006 Premier of Western Australia. After retiring from politics, he became Professor and Director of Sydney University’s Graduate School of Government, a position he held until 2015. Currently he chairs the Education Committee of the New Democracy Foundation and is on the Board of Per Capita, a public policy think-tank.
Rita Gisler is the Managing Director and founder of the Swiss Network of Age-Friendly Cities. She has been working with Swiss cities and communities since 2014 as a self-employed consultant and has been supporting them in developing old-age policies. She has gained extensive experience in caring for the needs of older people as the Head of the Office of Ageing in the city of Berne. She is also an executive board member in several organizations which provide services for senior citizens. Her professional background is in Economics with postgraduate studies in Corporate Development and Public Law.
Dr Thomas Götschi is a senior research fellow in the Physical Activity and Health unit of the Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention at University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is an environmental scientist and epidemiologist by training. Since 2008 his research focuses on active transportation. He has led projects for the Swiss Federal Departments of Transport, Planning, Statistics, the city of Zurich, and active transportation NGO’s. Core topics of his work include impact assessments of active transportation, incl. benefit-cost-calculations, data collection methods, safety studies, secondary data analyses of large population surveys. Currently he is leading the implementation of the European multi-center project Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches in the case study city Zurich. He is a member of the TRB Bicycling Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Subcommittee.
Justin is an Architect, Studio Principal from IBI Group, a global technology driven design company. With over 20 years of experience in a range of projects, the majority of his work has focused on healthcare and specifically the primary and community care sector. With an interest in innovative healthcare systems, his strength lies in the design and development of complex multi stakeholder projects such as Bolton One, Gorton Community Hub, and Corby Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Justin, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, is part of the IBI Healthcare + strategy team, leads the global Primary and Community Care network, and forms part of our global Seniors Studio, exploring innovative concepts for Aging in Place. Justin is a Green Sky Thinking Board member, and contributes to the debate about community healthcare through speaking engagements. Justin is currently working with NHS England on their Healthy New Towns programme in the development of innovative Healthy Communities.
Timo Huber B.Sc. is a Research Assistant at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), School of Social Work (HSA), Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development. He is currently attending a Master’s study in Social Work, focusing on Community Development at University of Applied Sciences Fulda and University of Applied Sciences RheinMain, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Bettina Hübscher, Master in Psychology, gerontologist, Head of Department for age questions city of luzern, Switzerland.
Zeynep Islertas finished her master´s degree at the University of Education at Freiburg/Germany in 2015. Afterwards she began to work as a research associate at the Institute of Sociology at the same university. In addition to her research activities she is involved in teaching the topic “Health inequalities”. Within her dissertation she works on an ethnographic youth-health study. The dissertation is aiming at (1) capturing the health-related resources of female adolescents with Turkish migration background, (2) depicting the connection between their health behavior and new media, and (3) understanding the meaning making processes within their health-related everyday life.
Rebecca Jesseman is a Director and Senior Policy Advisor with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), a non-governmental organization created by Parliament to provide national leadership to address substance use in Canada. Ms. Jesseman provides trusted counsel and expert commentary on cannabis policy as well as related areas such as treatment system development and substance use in the criminal justice system. She is currently examining mechanisms for cannabis regulation with an emphasis on using available evidence to inform a public health approach. Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa.
Pierre-André Junod holds a Master’s degrees in Economics and Public Administration from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He started his professional life as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Then for 14 years, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, where he held several positions at operational and strategical levels in the field and at the headquarters. He subsequently became the deputy director of Foyer-Handicap, a private foundation in Geneva whose mission it is to contribute to the integration of disabled persons. Since February 2016, he is the Head of Service in charge of youth and social cohesion in his hometown Yverdon-les-Bains. For further information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pajunod/
Dr Sonja Kahlmeier is heading the Physical Activity and Health Unit at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI) of the University of Zurich. Her work focuses on physical activity promotion policy and transport and economic approaches. She works on discovery and translational research, implementation and evaluation projects on WHO, EU, national and local level. She serves as Executive member of the Steering Committee of the WHO European Network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA Europe). She holds a Masters in Environmental Hygiene from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and a PhD in Epidemiology.
Nadine Käser, MA Social Science and Gender Studies. Studies of Sociology, Social Policy, Anthropology and Gender Studies. Since 2012 scientific researcher at the Institute Social Planning, Organizational Change and Urban Development ISOS. Focus in teaching and research: spatial theories, social sustainability in urban and neighborhood development, health promotion and prevention, community work, participation, evaluation, qualitative methods in applied social research.
Dr Axel Klein is a UK based anthropologist who has specialised on researching the production, consumption and control of intoxicating, habit forming substances in different parts of the world. His publications included Caribbean Drugs: From Criminalization to Harm Reduction (2004), The Khat Controversy: Stimulating the Debate on Drugs (2006), and Drugs and the World (2009). He has worked with the European Commission, the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the UNODC. His recent research has focused on the production and distribution of cannabis in the UK.
Martin Knöll is professor and head of the Urban Health Games (UHG) research group in the Department of Architecture at Technische Universität Darmstadt. He holds a PhD from Universität Stuttgart, Germany, on health-oriented urbanism. Dr. Knöll leads UHG in building new transdisciplinary collaborations between urban designers, IT and health experts to address global health challenges such as social exclusion, physically inactive lifestyles, diabetes and urban stress. Previously, Dr. Knöll was visiting scholar at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University, London, UK, and held a post-doc position in the Department of Architecture at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
David MacKintosh is currently the Head of Community Safety for the City of London, he has also been the Policy Adviser/Director to the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum (LDAPF) since 2001. The LDAPF works to support policy delivery and promote good practice across the drugs, alcohol and community safety agendas. It has been involved in running a number of innovative campaigns around issues including drug driving, substance misuse in the workplace and improving awareness around drug safety in clubs and pubs. The LDAPF is funded by the City of London as part of its commitment to improving the life of all those who live and work in London. For the last seven years he has also been seconded to the Greater London Authority to provide advice around substance use issues and health inequalities.
Prior to this post David worked for the United Kingdom Anti-Drug Co-ordination Unit (part of the Cabinet Office) for two years, primarily on young people and treatment policy issues. This followed on from some 8 years in the Department for Education and Skills where he worked in a number of areas including international relations and higher education policy. He is trustee of an East London based service provider and Adfam (families, drugs and alcohol).
Jim McVeigh was appointed as the Director of Public Health Institute in November 2015. Jim has worked within health/public health for nearly 30 years, with an academic career starting in the University of Liverpool before moving to Liverpool John Moores University as a Research Assistant in 1999. Subsequently he has held various positions within Public Health including Senior Lecturer, Reader, Deputy Director and most recently, Acting Director. He has gained significant management skills and leadership experience, while developing extensive links with external organisations and stakeholders at local, national and international level. Jim has an international reputation within his academic specialism of human enhancement drug use and has co-authored more than 100 research reports, 50 peer reviewed papers and been invited to deliver keynote presentations and plenary papers at some of the most influential national and international conferences.
Alice received her Master of Science (M.Sc.) in „Sports Science” and “Italian literature and linguistics” from the University of Basel (Switzerland) in December 2016. She wrote her master thesis in clinical research combining sports medicine and exercise science, and continues to work in those fields as a research assistant. In February 2017 she started working for the “Hopp-la Foundation” as scientific supervisor with a focus on evaluating the ongoing projects.
Gabriela Muri is professor at the ZHAW School of Social Work, at the Institute of Diversity and Social Integration, lecturer at the Departement of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich and was lecturer for Sociology at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. She recieved her doctoral degree in 2004 at the University of Zurich. Her teaching and research interests enclose the following topics: urban and social planning, social production of space, physical activity and urban planning; public space; urban event cultures; youth cultures, intergenerationality; consumer culture; visual culture and mediality; theories of everyday life.
Fabian Neuhaus is currently a senior researcher at the Institute Architecture at FHNW (University of Applied Science and Art Northwestern Switzerland). He has received his doctorate from UCL. His main research interests are temporal aspects of the urban environment in general and cyclical, repetitive patterns specifically. For his Masters of Science in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, he was awarded a distinction. He has worked with architecture and urban design practices in the UK and Switzerland as well as on research projects at universities in Switzerland, Germany and the UK. He is the author of www.urbantick.blogspot.com.
Patrick Oehler, PhD., is a researcher, project leader and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development. He has a doctoral degree in sociology and a masters degree in com-munity development. Before he became a researcher and a lecturer he was working several years as a social worker in different fields of work. His main topics in research and teaching are community work, social space analysis, sustainable development, democracy, theories of social work, sociology of professional work and pragmatism.
Paula Quentin studied cultural sciences and urban design in Frankfurt (Oder), Istanbul and Berlin. She worked in various fields of urban development and is currently a research assistant at the department of urban and regional planning at TU Dortmund University. Within the AFOOT project she works on the promotion of active mobility of an ageing population with special emphasis on administrative routines and planning processes.
Professor of Urban Planning (Tampere University of Technology), Dr. Sc. Technology, architect Juho Rajaniemi (born 1971) has focused on the problematic relationship between the Finnish zoning system and urban growth. He is interested in urban planning related power and governance issues. Rajaniemi is a member of interdisciplinary ADELE consortium, which develops commercially interesting scenarios on how to enhance the fitness of the immune system. He is also a board member in the Association for Literary Urban Studies and the president of the second international city regeneration congress Re-City 2017.
In conjunction with Sean Lynch of OpenLitterMap.com and DrugLitter.info Florian is conducting a small pilot trial of drug-litter mapping to evaluate its utility in determining the characteristics (e.g. geographic distribution, nature) of urban drug use for the purpose of informing and evaluating policies.
They are focusing specifically on pharmaceutical packaging and other specific types of drug-related litter. Data are discussed in the context of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injection Facilities) Act 2017 -which allows for the opening for supervised injection facilities- and the Misuse of Drugs Amendments Act 2016 which criminalises the possession of certain prescription drugs.
Michaela Schmidt is a social scientist at ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE, ETH Zürich since 2010. She studied Geography and History of art in Potsdam, Freiburg i. Brsg. and Basel. She carries out research at the interface between the built environment and society.
Holger Schmid, Ph.D., is Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland where he directs the Institute of Social Work and Health. He studied psychology at the University of Freiburg in Germany and at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland. Since 1995, he worked at the Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems - SIPA in Lausanne in the field of health promotion and drug prevention in young people. He is interested in clinical social work, health psychology, health and health behaviour of young people and in evaluation research.
Principal Investigator, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Ecology (University of Helsinki) Aki Sinkkonen has focused on the relationship between urban environment and health. He is interested in changes in microbial communities along urban rural gradients, environmental pollution, and how and why the incidence of non-communicable diseases is related to urbanization. Sinkkonen is the head of interdisciplinary ADELE consortium that develops novel ways to modulate immune system among urban dwellers. His group is performing clinical trials related to commercially feasible immune modulation.
Pantoleon Skayannis, Architect AUTH, MA & D.Phil. Sussex. Professor of Infrastructure Policy, Director of the Research Unit of Infrastructure, Technology Policy and Development, ex-Head of the Department of Planning and Regional Development, and ex Dean of the School of Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece. Has been visiting Professor at CURDS, Newcastle, and DPU, Bartlett/UCL, London. Sometime member of the Executive Committee of AESOP, and representative of the Mayor of Athens to the Organization of Athens, the supreme planning board of wider Athens. Has participated in more than 75 projects and 150 publications.
Stephanie Sorvillo worked for more than 15 years in the area of psychiatric and mental health nursing before she started her bachelor study in health management followed by a master study in evaluation. After a one year assignment at the Ministry of family affairs and integration in Luxembourg, she was appointed as responsible for homeless people at CARITAS Acceuil et Solidarité Luxembourg.
Professor Gerry Stimson is a public health social scientist, with over 40 years’ experience of public health research and advocacy in the field of psychoactive substance use. He was one of the founders of harm reduction in the 1980s, and much of his academic research focused on reducing drug and alcohol related harms. He is Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London, and the Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy. He founded the Department of Social Science and Medicine at Imperial College. From 1990 to 2004, he was Director of the Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour. He was Executive Director of the International Harm Reduction Association from 2004 to 2010.
Simon Süsstrunk, M.A., Research Fellow, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, School of Social Work, Institute of Social Work and Health. Major responsibilities: Social work in (public) health system, urban development and promotion of health, clinical social work.
Malte von Szombathely is a PhD student at the University of Hamburg since 2015. He is concerned with urban health and city development as a member of the “Urban Modelling Project” at the Institute of Geography. With the support of this project he just published a new conceptual model for health-related urban well-being. Before his recent occupation he was a junior consultant for public transportation issues and has published as a travel journalist.
Olivier Théraulaz is the chairman of Helvetic Vape, the Swiss association of vapers. Long-time smoker, he learned by chance in 2013 that the Swiss prohibition on vaping products containing nicotine concerned only sales and that importations for personal use was allowed. He immediately switched to vaping and stopped smoking in less than one week without giving up his pleasure. Convinced of the potential of vaping for public health, he started to advocate for the modification of the absurd administrative Swiss rules about vaping and the dissemination of clear and objective information about risk and harm reduction.
Dr Hannah Timpson is Head of Research Engagement and Impact at the Public Health Institute, LJMU. Hannah’s role involves leading and developing the research and related activity that encompasses community engagement, local impact and social value. This programme of research involves partnership working with commissioners and service providers within organisations such as local authorities, health and social care services and the third sector to provide responsive support, identify research priorities and deliver research which has direct application back into practice. The research uses a range of methodologies to capture qualitative and quantitative evidence of outcomes and impact.
54, married with 2 grown up daughers. Lawyer, worked abroad as Head of mission for the International Committe of the Red Cross (ICRC) for 18 years. Presently independent, working on mandate with startups. Holding senior positions in the Party Libéral-Radical (PLR) at swiss and Geneva levels. Président of the Geneva section of the Fédréation romande des Consommateurs (FRC). Si ce 2011, member of the Geneva inter-party Group for the Régulation of Cannabis which initiated one of the local initiatives under way in Switzerland.
Debora Wick received her Master of Science (M.Sc.) in „Exercise and Health Science” from the University of Basel (Switzerland) in 2014. Her focus was developing and implementing intergenerational exercise and health promotion projects. She also was a visiting student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia) where she worked in the field of physical activity assessment. Debora is currently appointed as Executive Director of the „Hopp-la Foundation“ in Basel. The Foundation supports activities related to the promotion of intergenerational health and exercise. Key aspects are intergenerational fairness as well as health-promoting arrangements of public and living spaces. Further important aspects are the promotion of shared physical activity and social contact between generations. More information about Hopp-la: www.hopp-la.ch
Lukas is a Professor of Exercise- and Movement Science at the University of Basel. He received his PhD on “cellular muscle response to exercise training” from the University of Basel and was also highly involved in Swiss Olympic as coach for elite athletes. Since 1987 he is working at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health of the University of Basel. Lukas launched and conducted several internationally recognized projects on the interrelation between children’s health and exercise (KISS-Study, Active Childhood, Ballabeina, Sportcheck). In his main line of research, he published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on exercise-based health-promotion across lifespan and was committed to various book projects. His current major research interest from a translational perspective includes intergenerational exercise promotion on community and national level.