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Global Drugs and Development Policy Roundup

6-8th February 2013  Brighton, UK

The Global Drug and Development Policy Roundup is an invitation-only event which will address the nexus between illicit drugs and socioeconomic development. It will identify actionable ways to increase the engagement of the international development community in tackling illicit drug production, trade and use.

6th Session of the Commision on Narcotic Drugs

11-15 March 2013 Vienna, Austria

In line with the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Commission monitors the world drug situation, develops strategies on international drug control and recommends measures to comat the world drug problem.

Psychedelic Science 2013

18 – 23 April 2013, Oakland Marriot City Center, California, USA

Hosted by Beckley Foundation, Council on Spiritual Practices, Heffter Research Institute and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), this 3 days conference gathers the most updated and vanguards scientific projects regarding the psychedelics including amazing workshops. Amanda will be speaking on the Sunday 21st on about the Beckley Foundation studies and progress.

7th Conference of the ISSDP( International Society for the Study of Drug Policy)

15th – 17th May 2013 at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia 

The theme of the conference will be “Collateral costs of illegal drugs and the war on drugs: violence, corruption and institutional instability”.    This will structure the content of keynote lectures and provide an analytical thread that runs through all the sessions

International Harm Reduction Conference 2013

9-12 June 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania

This international conference is a key event for all those interested in harm reduction around the world

World Anti-Drugs Day

26th June, Worldwide

UNODC-run global campaign to raise awareness about the major challenge that illicit drugs represent to society as a whole, and especially to the young. The goal of the campaign is to mobilize support and inspire people to act against drug use.

International Drug Policy Reform Conference

23 – 26 October 2013  Sheraton Downtown Denver, CO, United States

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.




Past Events

Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial

27-28 September, at 00:05am, on Channel 4

On Thursday 27th, The first episode unravels the mysteries of MDMA, revealing how the drug affects the brain and disclosing the results of the psychedelic study programme carried out between Imperial College London and Beckley Foundation. The programme follows some of the volunteers – who include actor Keith Allen, novelist Lionel Shriver, a vicar, a former MP and an ex-soldier – through the experimental trial.

On Friday 28th, the second episode investigates the implications of the scientific study of the effects of MDMA, including potential clinical uses – such as whether it could offer a breakthrough in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At the end of the programme a space for the debate will be offer for discussing MDMA classification as a Class A drug.


27-30 September 2012 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Psychedemia” is an interdisciplinary conference on psychedelic art, culture, and science that will take place in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. Psychedemia will coalesce decades of interdisciplinary research, millennia of human history, and the cutting edges of visionary arts and ideas to illuminate the place of psychedelics in human evolution and formal academic exploration.

Stichting Open Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research

5-7 October 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands

With international researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines, this two-day event is dedicated to scientific research into psychedelic substances and the psychedelic experience. The 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research will feature current research into a wide array of psychotropic substances, such as psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, ibogaine, DMT, ketamine, MDMA, Salvia divinorum and even nitrous oxide.

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics HORIZONS: PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHEDELICS

12 – 14 October 2012  New York City, United States

Horizons is a conference about psychedelics that is held annually to open a fresh dialogue on their role in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and creativity. 2012 is its sixth year.

City Health 2012

22 – 23 October 2012  London, England

This international event will examine policy and practice in relation to public health in cities, with a special focus on health behaviours – including on diet, alcohol, sex, drugs, smoking, nightlife and entertainment venues, mental and physical well-being, tourism, and health emergencies.

The Global Drug Wars

23 October 2012 18:30-20:0  London, United Kingdom

This LSE event will analyse how the international drug control system came to be, why it has proven so durable in the face of failure, and whether there is home for reform.

Drug Scope Conference 2012

6 November 2012 London, UK

This event will have speakers who will cover the spectrum from harm reduction and substitue prescribing to abstinence-based services and workshops looking at the needs of special groups such as the older user.

1st International Conference on the Intersection of Law Enforcement and Public Health

11-14 November 2012 Melbourne, Australia

The themes for the Conference will include a wide range of public health areas where law enforcement, and particularly police, have a critical role to play.

Intelligence Squared: Legalise Drugs Debate

14 November

National Conference of Harm Reduction: from Public Health to Social Justice

15-18 November 2012 Portland, Oregon, USA

Harm reduction colaitions biannual national harm reduction conference is the only multidiscipliinary gathering dedicated to improing the health and well-being of people who use drugs or have a history of drug use.

22nd Ibero-American Summit 2012

16 – 17 November 2012  Cadiz, Spain

Ibero-America Summit event was the first to bring together back in 1991 the heads of state from Latin America, Spain and Portugal in their own environment. Described as a space for dialogue, family-talks and searching for solutions to regional and bilateral problems, comes to underscore an existing reality: the intense and close network of relations of Latin America with Spain and Portugal. The contents are very high level, from infrastructure problems to drugs and insecurity; all the issues and challenges that have emerged in the ministerial meetings. On these dates, the Heads of the State from the different countries will gather to debate and discuss this important issues.

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Scientific Conference 2012

18- 21 November 2012 Melbourne, Australia

Public Policy Debate: “Drugs – It’s about Health, not Policing”

22 November 2012 Budapest, Hungary

In collaboration with the Open Society Foundation’s Global Drug Policy Program, the CEU School of Public Policy will organise a series of debates devoted to complex and interdisciplinary issues raised by illicit drugs and national policy responses to drugs.

POLICY FORUM: Lessons from Colombia’s War on Drugs

5 December 2012 Washington, US

The the Cato Institute in coordination with Interamerican Dialogue present this interesting POLICY FORUM featuring Daniel Mejía, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Research Center on Drugs and Security, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; Carlos Urrutia, Ambassador, Republic of Colombia; and Peter Hakim, President Emeritus, Inter-American Dialogue. The speakers will discuss the ‘pros and the cons’ of the implementation of Plan Colombia in 2001 and the possibility of replicating the experience in other countries of the Latin American region.

Security, Democracy and Cities: The future of prevention

12-14 December 2012  Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis, France




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