Inaugural Conference 2019

Drugs: North West is delighted to announce its inaugural conference to be held on 24 June 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University. The conference will showcase current research, support networking opportunities, and bring together academic and non-academic researchers from a variety of disciplines. 

World-leading drugs researcher, Judith Aldridge (School of Law, University of Manchester), will begin the conference with a keynote reflecting on her long history of drugs research in the North West. Throughout the day, there will be a mixture of quick-fire and 20-minute oral presentations covering themes related to: analysing drugs and people who use drugs; different perspectives about drugs and people who use them; human enhancement drugs; regulating and drug testing MDMA/Ecstasy; and many more. Posters, images and artwork presentations will be available to view and discuss during the lunch break.

Our aim is to bring together postgraduate students, academic and non-academic researchers from a variety of disciplines to learn about the diverse and innovative research in our region and foster future collaborations. There will be plenty of opportunities to share and connect with others during the conference.

Please click here to register for the conference. The Conference Programme and Book of Abstracts can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


Please note, this is a not-for-profit and paper-free event. As a contribution towards the costs of running the event, catering, and supporting the attendance of students/early career participants, we are requesting a small charge for registrations. Any surplus will be used to support future Drugs: North West events.

If you are a student and cannot afford to pay the registration fee and/or the costs of travel to attend the conference, we may be able to provide a very limited number of travel bursaries or waive registration fees. Priority will be given to self-funded students who are not in receipt of any institutional or research council support. Please email william.floodgate@manchester.ac.uk giving your reasons for applying for a bursary and/or for the registration fee to be waived.


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