Thanks, and congratulations


A huge thank you to the more than 150 delegates who made KBS 2024 in Fremantle such a great success.

And congratulations to Annamae Burrows, from Glasgow Caledonian University, who won the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award for Early Career Scientists, which recognises the excellence of the papers presented by early career scientists and celebrates upcoming researchers.

Congratulations also to Kim Bloomfield, from Aarhus University, who received the annual KBS Award for Advancement of International Research Collaboration.

On a lighter note, congratulations to the team superbly led by MVP Yvette Mojica-Perez for winning the inaugual Kyp Kypri Trophy in a tightly-fought ‘football in the park’ contest, and to Kenya’s Rose Kiiru for receiving the first ever ‘KBS Best Satchel’ prize, with the elephant on Rose’s bag attracting the judges’ attention.

Finally, special recognition to Niamh Fitzgerald, who in 2025 will be defending the unofficial people’s choice crown in the annual KBS dinner ‘singalong’.

Note the 2024 symposium photos will be uploaded to the website in coming weeks.

Thanks again, and see you in 2025.

Collecting lanyards for next year


As we draw towards the end of a fantastic KBS 2024, a reminder to please return your lanyards so they can be re-used next year.

Please leave them in the collection box on the registration desk in the foyer.

Thank you.

Reminders and updates



We're less than two weeks away now, so some important reminders while you're preparing for your travel:

  • We're not making up satchels this year, in an effort to reduce waste, so pack your favourite conference bag, either from a previous KBS or another conference, and be in the running for the inaugural KBS Best Satchel prize*.
  • Upload your paper before the conference. If you haven't uploaded your paper yet please get in touch with your discussant so they're aware of the timeframes they're working towards. You can check the program here and upload the paper via this link.
  • Check the speaker, chair and discussant guidelines. Remember to create your presentations in 16:9 screen configuration, bring your presentations on a USB for uploading, and include your declarations of interest.
  • Pack a red or white t-shirt for the annual KBS football game on the Tuesday evening. The game will have extra significance this year, but remember we're aiming for fun not the World Cup.
  • If you are in Western Australia on the Friday morning before the conference, a panel of KBS luminaries will be presenting at 'International Alcohol Policy Forum: Global Perspectives on Reducing Harm'. Click here for the details.

If you have any questions, please email Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

 * Prize TBC, may actually just be glory...

Friday is registration and payment deadline


A final reminder that the deadline to sign up to attend KBS 2024 is this Friday, April 26.

So if you've submitted an abstract and haven't registered and paid yet, please do that using this link:

Remember to also book your Thursday afternoon social tours. Tours will not go ahead without sufficient people registered, so it's essential that you sign up if you're keen. 

Tour bookings here:

And tour info here:

If you have any queries about the above or anything else about KBS 2024, email



Reminder to book your KBS Social Tour


A quick reminder to book your KBS 2024 Social Tour to make sure they go ahead.

Tours will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 30, and KBS delegates can choose to learn more about Aboriginal culture or Fremantle's fascinating history, or cuddle some favourite Australian animals.

Minimum numbers arer required for the tours to run.

Click here to find out more about the tours on offer.

And book your preferred tour using this direct link:


Early career scientists - apply for the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award


A reminder that the deadline to apply for the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award for Early Career Scientists is April 26.

Recognising the excellence of papers presented by early career scientists at the KBS Annual Symposium, the Award is a celebration of upcoming researchers in our discipline.

To be considered for the award, applicants must have submitted an abstract to the KBS conference 2024 and be students studying for their masters or doctoral degree, early career scientists whose postgraduate degree was recently awarded, or early career scientists without a postgraduate degree with less than 5 years in alcohol research.

The winner receives a cash prize of 250 Euros and membership of the Kettil Bruun Society for two years.

Click here for information on how to apply and the eligibility and evaluation criteria

Get your visa application in


A reminder that all KBS delegates who do not hold an Australian passport will require a visa to join us in May.

Visa requirements, cost and processing times differ depending on country of origin.

Information on applying for a Visa is available on the KBS website here. We have outlined the most inexpensive and quickest options.

While a support letter from symposium organisers is not a criterion for granting of a Visitor visa to Australia, if you require a visa letter, please ensure that your conference registration fee is paid in full and then send an email to, with “Visa letter request – first name, last name” in the subject line.

Early bird registrations extended


Due to a high level of enquiries and demand, the Early Bird registration rate for KBS 2024 has been extended.

Early Bird registrations will now close on Sunday March 24.

There will no further extensions.

For more information on registrations, scroll down to the previous News item.

KBS 2024 registrations are officially open


Registration for KBS 2024 in Fremantle is open.

Your regular registration fee includes entrance to sessions, morning and afternoon tea, as well as the Welcome Reception on Monday May 27. All prices include Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Early bird registrations are available until March 15.

As with previous symposiums, you will need to login to your KBS account to complete your registration. You will then be taken to the Curtin University payment portal where you will need to make your selections regarding the Symposium Dinner and a Social Tour to complete your registration. Participants are required to pay their fees when they register.

Please note:

  • All information about KBS 2024 deadlines and fees, the symposium dinner and social tours are available via these links on the conference website.
  • Before registering, please ensure you have dietary information for all dinner attendees and consider if you are joining a KBS tour in 2024 and your preferred option.
  • If you are presenting, please also have on hand your KBS Participant ID and Paper Title.
  • Delegates who have applied for financial support will be advised of the outcome in time to access the early bird registration rate.

If you experience any issues with the registration and payment process, or have a query, please email

Click here to login in to your KBS account and register for KBS 2024 in Fremantle

KBS 2024 Abstract deadline extended


We’re extending the KBS Fremantle call for abstracts until *next Friday* February 9.

We’ve had many excellent submissions already, but a deadline this early in the year is creating challenges from some – hopefully the extra week will help!

Click the link below to submit your abstract.

Abstract submission

Abstract and financial aid application submission is open


We are pleased to announce the opening of the Call for Abstracts for the 49th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society (KBS), to be held in Fremantle, Australia from 27 to 31 May 2024.

The primary purpose of the annual KBS symposium is to provide a forum for researchers involved in studies on alcohol to exchange ideas about their ongoing research. Therefore, empirical research, theoretical papers and reviews of the literature are welcome. Social and epidemiological studies are interpreted in a broad context as they may include research in a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminology, economics, history, public health and other disciplines.

The Symposium focuses on discussion of pre-circulated papers. Papers are presented in 10-minute segments followed by a discussant's comments and general audience participation. Any person submitting a paper may be asked to be a discussant or chair of a session.

Papers can be on any topic broadly related to alcohol epidemiology and alcohol policy, previous conferences have broadly grouped the program into the following topics:

  • theory and conceptual issues (drinking cultures, diagnostic classifications and concepts, history, anthropology and economics, ethical considerations);
  • epidemiology (drinking patterns & drinking consequences);
  • policy (public policies and role of the alcohol industry);
  • behaviour change, interventions and treatment; and
  • methodology (instruments and measurements, modelling and quantitative methods, qualitative and mixed approaches).

We are especially aiming for a strong program of work around the alcohol and First Nations people cutting across all these themes.

The word limit for the abstract is 250 words (maximum 3 keywords). The abstract must always include a sentence (Declaration of Interest) stating whether there exists any relationship that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest (if so, a full disclosure must be given).

Abstract submission and financial aid applications are open now.


  • The deadline for submission of abstracts as well as applications for financial aid is 02 February 2024
  • Abstract and financial aid decisions will be communicated by late February 2024
  • Early bird registration will be available until 15 March 2024
  • Early career scientists who present papers at this year’s conference can apply for the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award. The deadline for sending in your contribution is 26 April 2024.
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts as well as applications for financial aid is 02 February2024.
  • Remember to create your KBS 2024 account to access submission forms.

KBS returns to Australia in 2024


For the first time in more than a decade, the Kettil Bruun Society Symposium returns to Australia, with the 2024 annual symposium to be held from May 27-31 in Fremantle/Walyalup. The Fremantle area is called Walyalup in the local Indigenous Nyoongar language, meaning place of the walyo or woylie, a small brush-tailed bettong or kangaroo rat.

Located 30 minutes south of Perth, Western Australia’s capital, Fremantle/Walyalup was chosen as both a popular destination for international and interstate visitors and an ideal venue for a 5-day conference, providing user-friendly and historic venues with myriad accommodation and dining options.

“As always, the aims of KBS are to promote and discuss social and epidemiological research that fosters a comparative understanding of the social aspects of alcohol use and alcohol problems, and to promote a spirit of international cooperation,” Organising Committee Chair Michael Livingston said.

NDRI Director Professor Simon Lenton added: “KBS 2024 will be hosted by Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute (NDRI). With the Institute’s Alcohol Policies and Strategies program being recognised internationally and Fremantle being a popular destination for local, interstate and overseas visitors, NDRI enthusiastically raised its hand to bid to host the 2024 KBS event.”

The 49th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Brunn Society is supported by Business Events Perth and the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia.

Registration and the Call for Abstracts will open soon via the 2024 conference website at To join the mailing list and be notified, email .


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