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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