Dr. Josef Radimecky

Member of the Programme Committee.

Born on 10th January 1963 in Plzen. At the Pedagogic Faculty of the Charles University in Prague graduated in special pedagogy (M.A.), later on in a postgraduate Ph.D. study. 2002-2003 completed postgraduate MSc. course Drug use - evidence based interventions and policies at the Imperial College in London. He was awarded the Adam Prize for the best dissertation. He is also graduate of a self-experienced training in group psychotherapy, and an array of a short-term trainings and secondments in Czech as well as international institutions.

After working in an institution with young delinquents in 1992 he went for a four-months secondment in a Swiss facility for treatment of drug users. Consequently in 1993 he established and till 1998 managed one of the first Czech therapeutic community for drug addicts. Between 1999 - 2004 he used to work on a position of director of the Secretariat of the inter-ministerial National Drug Commission where he prepared inter alia National Drug Policy Strategy 2001-2004 and 2005-2009 and coordinated implementation of the previous one. He also participated in the process of establishment of the National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, managed or participated in an array of international and domestic developmental and research projects, and represented the Czech Repbulic in various international institutions in drug issues.

Recently he works as a manager for international cooperation of the Centre for Addictology (1st Medical Faculty, the Charles University, Prague) Research interests - analysis of drug policy, history and social meaning of drug use, evaluation of quality and effectiveness of drug policy measures and drug services especially with the use of methods of qualitative research.

Since August 2008 he also works as a services manager of the WHITE LIGHT I. in Usti nad Labem - NGO that provides various types of drug services in Northern Bohemia. Also he is a chair of newly established union PROADIS (Cooperating Addictological Services) that associates 7 NGOs providing drug services in 8 regions of the Czech Republic. He chairs a working group of 12 certificated Czech therapeutic communities for drug addicts. He is a member of the Czech Medical Society of Addiction Treatment and of Editorial Board of Journal Adiktologie (CZ).

In the period of the Czech Presidency to EU (I - VI/2009) he externally cooperated with the Czech Government Council for drug Policy Coordination. He represented the Czech Republic in Horizontal Drug Group of the EU Council in Brussels, and EU in UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs that evaluated UNGASS 1998 and prepared an up-dated version of UN Action Plan on Drugs from 2009 onwards.