Novavi Symposium and the Novavi Award
The Novavi Symposiom is a biennial event, at which the newest research on addiction and treatment is presented. Held in Copenhagen, The Novavi Foundation brings together scientists and leaders in the field of substance abuse for a day of presentations, debates and new ideas.
The first symposium held in 2017 focused on the culture surrounding alcohol consumption in Denmark, which is among the highest in Europe. The topics of presentations ranged from the effects on the brain, the history and culture of alcohol consumption in Denmark and the effects of regulatory measures on alcohol consumption.
In 2019, the theme of the symposium was “is addiction a disease in the brain?”. Presenters included Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Anders Fink Jensen, professor at the University of Copenhagen.
The Novavi Award
An intregral part of the Novavi symposium is the Novavi Award, which is given to an individual, group or organization, that has excelled in the field of sunstance abuse.
Apart from the honor and recognition, the winner of the Novavi Award receives DKK 150.000 designated for the continued word of the recipient.
“The award is more than a badge of honor for a special effort within treatment, research, prevention or public information relating to substance abuse. With the award, the Novavi Foundation wishes to raise awareness on the work of organizations or individuals, who makes a difference in the field of substance abuse” Kenneth Flex, Chairman of the board at Novavi Foundation.