Submit an abstract now by using our registration and submission system by June, 30th.

The conference aims to be inclusive and welcomes ideas for individual presentations and sessions for inclusion in the programme. Alongside plenary sessions, the programme committee will work to include a number of parallel and workshop sessions.

Individual submissions will be assessed by the Programme Committee and combined into themed sessions.  The list below is indicative of some of the topics that might be considered for inclusion:

  • Drugs – consumption rooms, pill-testing, prescribing services, decriminalisation (cannabis), the physical and social cost of our current system
  • Alcohol – lock-out laws, consistent ABV taxation and regulatory approaches to tackling excessive alcohol use - does our current system target vulnerable people unfairly?
  • Tobacco – less harmful alternatives, vaping bans, advocacy and our current regulatory approaches – again does our current system put the burden on vulnerable people unfairly?
  • Mental Health – consumer advocacy, avoiding the criminal justice system
  • Sex Work – safety, decriminalisation, advocacy
  • Violence reduction – alcohol, domestic violence, public health approach to offending over a punitive criminal approach
  • Gambling - Harm reduction approach to gambling
  • Road traffic: Harm reduction policy approaches to road traffic danger.
  • Food: Urban policy measures to restrict access to unhealthy foods
  • Air pollution: City governance and town planning to reduce harm and inequity from poor air quality

The list is not exhaustive and you may have other ideas you would like to submit.

Submit an abstract now by using our registration and submission system by June, 30th.

If you have an idea for an entire session, please contact Kasia Kowalczyk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with an outline (150 words) of your proposal, plus possible presenters. Sessions are scheduled to last for 90 minutes and include a maximum of 5 presentations. See more information on the programme structure by clicking here,

Should the session be accepted for inclusion in the programme, the session organiser will be responsible for the provision of any necessary support for the all the speakers in the session with regard to registration, travel, accommodation and other costs.

We anticipate the near-final programme will be published by July, 15th.