ICR has hosted a number of conferences in the U.S., India, and China, bringing researchers, providers, and policy makers together around topics that relate to ICR research. These conferences demonstrate the breadth of ICR's work and its broad networks around the world. For more information on ICR conferences, visit the links below.
Crossroads - ICR hosted a 4-day conference in Hartford, Connecticut on June 10-13, 2004. The conference was aimed at representatives from community-based organizations, government agencies, independent research organizations, universities and colleges, service agencies, public policy advocates, foundations, artists and community residents who are interested in looking critically at the ways in which research is - and can be - used to create change in communities worldwide. We welcomed researchers, community activists, artists or students from all settings who wanted to present current work, reflections or critical analysis of CBCR projects, and individuals who wanted to gain or share methods and skills in the practice of community-based collaborative research. CBCR teams and partners were encouraged to come to the conference together to represent their collaborative projects.
Crossroads II - ICR hosted a 3-day conference in Hartford, Connecticut on June 7-9, 2007. The conference focused on the promise, pitfalls, and “best practices” of CBCR to address disparities and inequities in the arenas of health, education, artistic and cultural representation, development, and the environment. The goal was to create an interactive forum to share perspectives, and discuss new approaches that integrate science-based and community-based knowledge to promote effective action for social justice.
Mumbai 2009 - The First International Conference on Alcohol and HIV in India. It was held on August 3 and 4, 2009 at the Taj President Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai. The two day conference, which attracted over 200 social science, and epidemiology researchers, NGO and policy representatives, was co-sponsored by The Institute for Community Research, the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Washington, D.C. The conference was funded as a cooperative agreement with NIAA.
Twenty-five widely recognized invited speakers from India and the U.S. examined the role that alcohol plays in contributing to sexuality and sexual risk related to sexually transmitted diseases and HIV by highlighting the work of current Indian and U.S.-Indian partnership research on these topics. A two-day training workshop on mixed methods substance use and HIV research for new Indian researchers preceded the conference.
Mumbai 2010- The second International Conference on Alcohol and HIV in India was held on September 28-30, 2010 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference highlighted evaluated prevention programs, intervention research and national policies that address the links between alcohol and HIV, and are focused on risk reduction. A special emphasis of the 2010 conference was the role of gender norms in elevating HIV-related risks for both women and men, especially in the presence of alcohol.
Invited speakers from across the country presented papers in plenary sessions, symposia, and breakout sessions. Eight U.S. researchers presented work based on joint studies in India and relevant research models from other countries. The conference illustrated the gap between alcohol de-addiction servicces and HIV risk reduction services, neither of which include the other. It presented a platform for promoting the inclusion of alcohol risk reduction in national AIDS control programs. Finally, it highlighted the need for more prevention/intervention studies to reduce HIV risk resulting from alcohol consumption at all levels.