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HIT Hot Topics Conference


Conference Programme

How our day will run
Now that the conference is sold out, maybe it’s time to put the programme online for you to all see the day we have arranged for you. We can’t wait to see you.


The registration desk will be open from 9am. Once you’ve grabbed your name badge go and have a look around our sponsors’ stands.

Session One: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

Chair: Harry Sumnall

Katy MacLeod

Operations and Communications Director at Chill Welfare

Psychedelic Care

Biz Bliss

Lead Facilitator – Psychedelic Society Experience Retreats

Psychedelic Experiences/Creating a Modern Ceremony

Nadia Hutten

PhD student – Department of Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University

Microdosing  Research

Keynote: Here Comes the Sun

Chair: Rick Lines

Sanho Tree

Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

Ending the War on Drugs


Grab yourself a coffee and have a look around our sponsors’ stands.

Session Two: Revolution

Chair: Pat O’Hare

Pavel Bém

Commissioner – Global Commission on Drug Policy

The Czech Experience

Rui Coimbra Morais

President – CASO Drug Users Union

Decriminalisation in Portugal

Lizzie McCulloch

Volteface Director

Cannabis Legalisation in the UK


Have some food, some conversation with likeminded folk and maybe have another look around the sponsor stands to see which of them can help you with your project. Plus:

George Charlton, Christopher Conway, Emma Evans, David Kelman and Colin Morrison

Over the lunch break, George Charlton and the team from Foundations will be running two workshops on building a peer-2-peer naloxone training and supply network. The workshops will run 13.15-13.55 and 14.00-14.40.


Session Three: Got to Get You Into My Life

Chair: Annette Verster

Peter Blanken

Senior Researcher at the Parnassia Addiction Research Centre

Agonist medications for the treatment of problematic stimulant use

Megan Jones

Policy Manager for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

West Midlands’ Drug Policy Recommendations

Mick Webb

Project Coordinator – CDF Bristol UK

Street Perspectives on Methadone Supply


Grab yourself a coffee and have a look around our sponsors’ stands.

Session Four: Come Together

Chair: Gill Bradbury

Amira Guirguis

MPharm Programme Director – Swansea University

The Home Office-Licenced Drug Checking Trial

Prun Bijral

CGL Medical Director

Changes in UK Drug Treatment

While we fully expect the day to run like clockwork, please note that this programme may be subject to last minute changes.

Cavern Club

Don’t forget that the day doesn’t end with the conference, we will see you all at the Cavern Club in the evening. For more details please visit our ‘Side Events’ page’.