And the 2019/2020 winners are...
All conference participants, who completed the on-line feedback form after the 2019 event, took part in a draw of three free places for the GFN 2020. One of the lucky winners of the draw this year is Emma Ward from UK.
Emma kindly agreed to answer a couple of questions about herself and her professional interests.
GFN: Please tell us a bit about yourself. What is your area of work?
EW: I am a researcher based in the Addiction Research Group at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK. I have thirteen years of experience working on mixed methods and qualitative studies and have a background researching young people and vulnerable groups. Since 2016, I have been working in the field of harm reduction and alternative nicotine delivery devices.
GFN: How did you hear about GFN? What made you decide to attend GFN 2019 and I hope next year?
EW: I heard about GFN through a colleague and first attended in 2017. I attend because I understand the value of GFN - it brings together stakeholders who might otherwise not meet to share perspectives and learning.
GFN: How did you get interested in nicotine harm reduction, new nicotine products, or related topics? What is your area of particular interest?
EW: I became interested in nicotine harm reduction when I was employed as the lead researcher working on the E-Cigarette Trajectories Study, a longitudinal study exploring e-cigarette use in relation to smoking relapse. Currently, I an involved with a study investigating patterns of dual use behaviour, and an evaluation of a vape shop voucher scheme for smoking cessation. I am particularly interested in the psychosocial aspects of e-cigarette use and take a ‘real world’ approach highlighting consumer behaviours and perspectives.
GFN: Do you have some personal ideas, remarks about next GFN?
EW: The examples of health interventions and practice using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, especially to help disadvantaged groups, are especially important. I would like to see more recognition of public health organisations and policies which have recognised the public health potential of vaping.
GFN: Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, and we're looking forward to seeing you at GFN 2020 in Warsaw!
On June 15, 2020, we will open a feedback form for the #GFN20 conference, and from among those who provide us with feedback, we will draw new winners who will get free passes for the GFN 2021.