Workshop on the “Problematic Usage of Internet: From assessment to intervention”



At Lisbon Addictions 2019, Lisbon Congress Centre


Thursday, 24 October 2019 from 15:00 to 16:30


Lisbon Addictions 2019 is the largest multidisciplinary conference that provides a forum for networking across the addictions. A team of researchers of the “Internet and me” COST-funded project ( will be sharing the latest evidence on Problematic Use of the Internet (PUI) and its impact on the health and wellbeing of European citizens. Presentations will cover classifications, phenomenology, assessments, aetiology and neurocognitive aspects of a variety of behavioural addictions. The discussion will be enriched by the presentation of a number of case studies.


Chair: Ornella Corazza, Department of Clinical and Pharmaceutical Science, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


  • Zsolt Demetrovics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Artemisa Rocha Dores, Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • Giuseppe Bersani, Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Konstantinos Ioannidis, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • Pierluigi Simonato, Dual Dignosis Clinic “Parco dei Tigli”, Italy

Contact person for further information: Dr Ornella Corazza


COST Action CA16207 European Network for Problematic Internet Usage – MC Meeting

Save the date: 12th September 2019 – 14:00 – 17:00

Location: Scandic Sluseholmen, Molestien 11, DK-2450 København SV, Copenhagen, Denmark

COST Action CA16207 European Network for Problematic Internet Usage – MC Meeting

Save the date: 10th April 2019 – 14:00 – 17:00

Location: Warsaw, Poland

International Training School and Conference on Problematic Usage of the Internet (PUI)

Training school dates: 14 – 16th January 2019

Venue: Clare College, Cambridge, UK

Chairs: Naomi A. Fineberg (

Local Organizing Committee: Sam Chamberlain (

Administrator: Natalie Hall (

The Interactive Sessions will be available to view live online


Monday 14th January 2019 Day 1:

9.00am-9.15am: Opening and meeting, welcome and update on COST Action
Speaker: Professor Naomi Fineberg and Professor J Zohar

9.15am-9.30am: Practicalities: Format of the conference and information about Cambridge
Speaker: Dr Sam Chamberlain

9.30am-11.30am: Interactive Training session 1:

Discussant: Professor M Brand

9.30am-10.00am:Introduction to PUI

Speaker: Professor Naomi Fineberg and Professor J Zohar

10.00am-10.30am: Classification of PUI; controversies and consensus

Speaker: Professor Dan Stein

10.30am-11.00am: Assessment of gaming disorder and PUI – what are the best scales?

Speaker: Professor Zsolt Demetrovics and Dr Orsolya Király

11.00am-11.30am: PUI and substances: a controversial correlation

Speaker: Dr Giovanni Martinotti

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm-1.00pm: Special Guest Plenary: Risk and Resilience in adolescent mental health

Speaker: Dr Anne-Laura van Harmelen, University of Cambridge


Tuesday 15th January 2019 Day 2

9.30am-11.30am: Interactive Training session 2: 

Discussant: Professor Naomi Fineberg

9.30am-10.00am: Genetics of behavioural addiction, of relevance to PUI

Speaker: Professor Edna Grünblatt

10.00am-10.30am: Psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of PUI: an update

Speaker: Professor Matthias Brand

10.30am-11.00am: Cognitive mechanisms and PUI

Speaker:Dr Konstantios Ioannidis

11.00am-11.30am: PUI in childhood populations

Speaker: Professor Stefano Pallanti (via videolink)

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm-1.00pm: Special Guest Plenary: Innovative Statistical Approaches for Characterising Mental Disorders: Machine LEarning

Speaker:Dr Mattias Treder, Cardiff University


Wednesday 16th January 2019 Day 3

9.30am-11.30am: Interactive Training session 3:

Discussant: Dr Sam Chamberlain

9.30am-10.00am: PUI and ASD

Speaker: Professor Eric Hollander

10.00am-10.30am: Treatments for gambling disorder and related conditions: possible implications for PUI

Speaker: Professor Jon Grant

10.30am-11.00am: Treatments for obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders

Speaker:Professor Michael van Ameringen

11.00am-11.30am: Compulsive problems and disorders in children and adolescents

Speaker: Professor Dan Geller

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm-1.00pm: Special Guest Plenary: Inflammation and Depression

Speaker: Dr Golam Khandaker, University of Cambridge

COST Action CA16207 European Network for Problematic Internet Usage – MC Meeting

Save the date: 11th October 2018 – 14:00 – 17:00

Location: Campus Cièncias de la Salut de Bellvitge (Bellvitge Health Sciences Campus) Feixa Llarga st. 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

Hooked on WiFi

Conference date: 10th. October 2018

Venue: Auditorium Bellvitge University Hospital. L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Chairs: Naomi A. Fineberg. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust and University of Hertfordshire, Welwyn Garden City, UK.

Joseph Zohar. Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


17:00 -17.15 Opening Ceremony

17.15- 18.00 Hooked on WiFi – my lived experience.
Speaker: Person with lived experience, with Susana Jiménez-Murcia as interviewer.
Discussant: Jose M Menchón

18:00-19:00: Can you be Addicted to the Internet? Neurobiological Models and Mechanisms
Speaker: Marc N. Potenza
Discussant: Matthias Brand

19:00-20:00: Treating Problematic Usage of the Internet- what might work?
Speaker: Jon Grant
Discussant: Eric Hollander

Masterclass: New Insights on Addiction Trends in Society

This Masterclass was streamed online on 29thMarch at the University of Hertfordshire as part of an activity of the Internet & Me COST funded project.

By looking at the recording of this event, you will learn more about the neurobiological mechanisms of behavioural addictions as well as the latest trends in Internet, Eating Disorders, Gambling and Exercise addictions.

Masterclass Programme

Introduction to the concept of behavioural addiction. 

Prof Naomi Fineberg, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Gambling Disorder in the UK: an overview of the illness and its treatment.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Imperial College London, UK

The Dark side of Appearance: the prevalence of Exercise Addiction in fitness clubs.

Dr Ornella Corazza, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Physiological and clinical aspects of Eating Disorders.

Dr Konstantinos Ioannidis, Cambridge University, UK

Internet Addiction and Hikikomori: a new psychopathological scenario.

Dr Giovanni Martinotti,“G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

COST Action CA16207 European Network for Problematic Internet Usage

Save the date: 22nd April 09:00 – 18:00

Meeting of Members

Venue: NH Koln Mediapark, Cologne, Germany

Joint Working Group meetings

Management Committee Meeting

Setting the work-plan agenda

Please join us, meet other members of the Action and share ideas.

50 places availale for Action Members

Allocated on a first come first served basis

Detailed programme coming soon

To register interest, please Email Natalie Hall:


23rd Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry

Date of Conference: 25-28/10/2019

Place of Conference: Bucharest, Romania

Lisbon Addiction 2019 – Third European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dipendence

Date of Conference: 23-25/10/2019

Place of Conference: Lisbon Congress Centre

9th South Eastern European and Adriatic Addiction Treatment Conference.

Liljana Ignjatova: “Problematic use of Internet”

Date of Conference: 10-12/10/2019

Place of Conference: Thessaloniki, Greece

‘Drug Prevention Approaches that Make a Difference’ International capacity building seminar organized by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe jointly with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Iceland Directorate of Health. Liljana Ignjatova: “The need for effective ways and means to prevent problematic use of the Internet among youngsters”

Date of Conference: 25-26/09/2019

Place of Conference: Reykjavik, Iceland

19th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry

1 Scientific Session: Behavioural addiction: A research  and clinical update. Chairs:  Samuel Chamberlain, UK; Jon Grant, USA. Speakers: Jon Grant, USA; Astrid Müller, Germany; Naomi Fineberg, United Kingdom; Samuel Chamberlain, United Kingdom.

2 State of the Art Symposium 04: Update  on obsessive compulsive and related  disorders  Chairs: Naomi Fineberg, UK. Speakers: Dan Stein, South Africa; Bernardo M. DellOsso, Italy; Joseph Zohar, Israel; Naomi Fineberg, UK.

3 Scientific Session: Current and novel  treatment of obsessive‐compulsive disorder Chairs: Donatella Marazziti, Italy; Vlasios  Brakoulias, Australia. Speakers: Vlasios Brakoulias, Australia; Federico Mucci, Italy; Bernardo Dell’Osso, Italy; Donatella Marazziti, Italy.

Date of Conference: 21-21/08/2019

Place of Conference: Lisbon, Portugal

32nd ECNP Congress –  Debate S12. Screen time, problematic use of internet and e-addictions: science or fiction? (Carmi, Demetrovics, DellOsso, Fineberg, Potenza)

Date of Conference: 07-10/09/2019

Place of Conference: Copenhagen, Denmark

Our Net&Me COST Action Ca16207 team visits Yokohama, Japan to attend 6th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions. Important topics were covered including exercise addiction by Dr. Ornella Corazza, excessive work by Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics, other specified disorders due to addictive behaviors by Dr. Matthias Brandt and Dr. Mark Potenza. Darryl Kenneth Mead presented his view on how do the nine “key research priorities to advance the understanding of PUI” set out by the world’s leading behavioral addiction researchers in the Manifesto for a European research network into Problematic Usage of the Internet align with the diverse needs of the different professional and consumer communities affected by problematic use of pornography.

Date of Conference: 17/06/2019

Place of Conference: Yokohama, Japan

COST Info day in Lithuania. Dr. Julius Burkauskas presents Net&Me COST Action Ca16207

Date of Conference: 09/06/2019

Place of Conference: Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuanian Psychology Congress. Special symposium dedicated to PUI. Vilnius, Lithuania

Date of Conference: 24/05/2019 – 25/05/2019

Place of Conference: Vilnius, Lithuania

Serbian Psychological Society 67 th Congress of Psychologists of Serbia “Psychology in new age: Challenges of (re)humanization”.

Date of Conference: 22/05/2019 – 25/05/2019

Place of Conference: Zlatibor, Serbia

27th European Congress of Psychiatry, organised by the EPA in Warsaw, Poland. Proposal to introduce COST Action and PUI was accepted and will be part of the Scientific Programme of the EPA 2019 Warsaw Congress.

Date of Conference: 09/04/2019

Place of Conference: Warsaw, Poland

Importance of Research into PUI for the European Commission Health Directorate

Date of Conference: 25/03/2019

Place of Conference: Brussels

ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe

Date of Conference: 07-10/03/2019

Place of Conference: Nice, France

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Neuroscience Institute XVIII Annual Conference “Trends in Neurosciences: Assessment and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions” symposium: “Emerging Behavioral Addictions”

Date of Conference: 05/03/2019

Place of Conference: Palanga, Lithuanian

PUI Cost Action presented to students at University Mediterranean (Faculty of Visual Arts). Students learned about the Action goals and the methods how they can contribute to the Action. Prof. Marko Gošović and Doc. Dr Anđela Jakšić Stojanović

Date of Conference: 03/03/2019

Place of Conference: University Mediterranean, Montenegro

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Conference

Date of Conference: 26/01/2019

Place of Conference: London, UK

Seminar on “Prevention from psychoactive substances and behavioral addictions”. Trainer  Prof. Liljana Ignjatova, Head of the Center for Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependence, Medical Faculty, MK PUI related program “Problematic usage of internet” – theoretical lecture; “Prevention” – theoretical lecture

Date of Conference: 12/12/2018 – 13/12/2018

Place of Conference: Mavrovo, North Macedonia

Public panel entitled “Social networks: the good, the bad and the ugly” was held at the University of Novi Sad (second largest university in Serbia). The panel was intended for students of psychological, medical and health care sciences, but also everybody else interested in social networking behaviour and the Internet in general.

Date of Conference: 12/12/2018

Place of Conference: Serbia

Society for the Study of Addiction conference in Newcastle. Poster presentation “Time to Prescribe Logging Off? Advancing Understanding of Problematic Use of the Internet”

Date of Conference: 08/11/2018

Place of Conference: Newcastle, UK

6th Macedonian Psychiatric Congress and International Meeting –  Gjoneska B., Markovikj M., Kiteva-Trencevska G., Pop-Jordanova N., Ignjatova: “Advanced Understanding on the Problematic Usage of Internet through Multidisciplinary Analysis of Existing Scientific Evidence”

Date of Conference: 30/10/2018 – 05/11/2018

Place of Conference: North Macedonia

International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS) 14th Annual Scientific Meeting

Date of Conference: 10/10/2018

Place of Conference: Barcelona, Spain

Third National Public Health Conference (Lithuania). Poster presentation introducing COST Action

Date of Conference: 9/10/2018

Place of Conference: Kaunas, Lithuania

31st ECNP Congress Lior Carmi partecipated in the session:  INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION – How can both patients and research benefit from digital technology?

Date of Conference: 06-09/10/2018

Place of Conference: Barcelona, Spain

The COST action and relevant research on the topic, were presented to general public and clinicians during a special session organized at Psykiatric Museum in Nykoebing Sj. , Denmark

Date of Conference: 22/08/2018

Place of Conference: Denmark

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