Pharmacist/Researcher, Sciensano, SCANNER and Belgian Early Warning System (BEWSD)
Margot Balcaen, Project Coordinator of Scanner, the European Project looking into understanding the dynamics and consequences of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in a rapidly changing online market. Also active as an expert on Illegal Drugs for the Belgian Early Warning System on Drugs (BEWSD). Our main focus is monitoring the drug situation in Belgium and reporting on a national and international level. This is to build, maintain, and strengthen situational awareness, and preparedness toward emerging drug trends. In 2020 I have obtained my master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In my spare time, I am part of the board of directors of a student festival in Ghent.