GAPC 2021 postponed until 2023

25 March 2021

Based on the present uncertainty about the development of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, we are postponing the Global Alcohol Policy Conference and this will now be held in Cape Town to 2023 as an in-person event.

The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Virtual Event 2021 will be held in the same week, 12-13 October 2021, and this will have interactive sessions in different time zones. Key-note presentations will be complemented with comments from a panel of regional representatives. As a consequence of postponement of GAPC2021 there will be no abstract submission and concurrent sessions.

More details of the GAPA Virtual Event will be forthcoming soon.

“We look forward to co-hosting a successful Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Cape Town in 2023, when we will hopefully have returned to a more normal life. Meanwhile we anticipate an interesting programme in the GAPA Virtual Event in October this year and the opportunity for regional networking to take place,”

Sally Casswell, Chair, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance
Aadielah Maker Diedericks, Coordinator, Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
Charles Parry, South Africa Medical Research Council

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