Professionals, academics or experts from European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, including from Eastern partner countries, will have an opportunity to participate this year in the European Drugs Winter and Summer Schools with a special focus on illicit drugs and vulnerable groups. Ten bursaries will be offered through the EU4Monitoring Drugs (EU4MD) project. The deadline for applications is 8 February 2021.
The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) are offering the two courses, taught remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Drugs Winter School (EDWS), taking place from 1–12 March 2021, will focus on the theme of ‘Responses to, and preparedness for, health-related threats (COVID-19 lessons learned). The European Drugs Summer School (EDSS), from 28 June – 9 July 2021, will explore the theme of ‘Vulnerable groups’.
The two-week courses will feature live lunchtime lectures, with experts and practitioners, followed by afternoon exercises. Virtual fieldwork tours will also be offered. The sessions will be recorded and made available for subsequent viewing. Completion of exercises and an exam are compulsory for those wishing to obtain credits. The courses will be conducted in English and students should have a good written and spoken knowledge of the language.
The three-year EU-funded EU4MD project — launched by the EMCDDA in January 2019 — supports national and regional readiness in the ENP area to identify and respond to drug-related health and security threats. Since 2019, eleven practitioners, including from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, have had the opportunity to attend the EDSS thanks to the EU4MD project bursaries.
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