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Policy Talk Series: "Vienna at Night"

Panel Discussion
Photo of reflections of people on the pavement of a wet Vienna pavement in Stefan's Platz looking onto KartnerStrasse
Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Department of Public Policy brings you the Policy Talks Series as a way to engage critically with today's global and local issues. Our speakers range from policy practitioners and researchers, agency leaders to social responsibility leaders. The events feature a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session, and a reception.
Drinks and snacks will be offered.

The "Vienna at Night" panel discussion will feature DPP Alumni and representatives from several organizations involved in the Vienna nightlife scene who will address key challenges and opportunities regarding local drug policy. The nightlife economy is a vibrant part of urban culture, the arts, and a natural element of modern citizenship. The inception of the Vienna Club Commission is a reflection of its importance. The panelists will address the (lack of) policies governing (the safety of) nightlife in Vienna, existing research, potential solutions, and best practices through their own involvement with the community and other stakeholders. On-the-ground issues and trends in the nightlife and festival settings will be explored with the goal of emphasizing the need for a country and city-level safer nightlife strategy. 


Find out more about the speakers' organizations below:

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Vienna Club Commission (VCC)


Jacob Chagnon is a policy educator, recent graduate from Central European University in Vienna, and activist focusing on global drug policy reform and community health. He advocates for the integration of compassionate, health-based approaches to substance use on various projects around the world. Currently, his attention is centered on expanding harm reduction services into Viennese nightlife and club culture. 

On this panel, he will present the findings from his joint APP investigation into the provision of harm reduction in Vienna’s nightlife, offering key insights into the factors which contribute to or hinder its provision, as well as potential policy-based solutions to the issue. He is presenting exclusively in his capacity as a former student, researcher on this project, and ongoing advocate for better services in Viennese nightlife