Monday 25th November, 2019.  Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.  09:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Last few places available – book now.
Abstract submission closes 14th October.

Join us at the second annual DRNS conference, supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction, where we will focus on knowledge, skills and issues relevant to the future of drugs research in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

We are delighted that the opening address will be delivered by Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing. The day will feature four plenary speakers who are experts in various aspects of the drugs research field. Parallel sessions will be chaired by our academic theme leads and will include presentations and discussions on emerging research findings and how they can inform developments in policy and practice.

Afternoon workshops will provide delegates with an understanding of key methodological issues and will be of relevance to people who work in the field as well as the end users of drugs research. Poster presentations will highlight work underway, including work conducted by PhD students, practitioners and peer researchers.  There will be a prize of £200 towards a conference or course for the best poster.  We welcome abstracts for oral and poster presentations which can be submitted here:

Places are just £50 for waged delegates.

With over 150 delegates and speakers, a range of topics and types of sessions, this will be a key event in the ongoing development of the drugs research community.

Below is the draft programme with details of confirmed speakers and sessions. We will confirm the final programme in the coming weeks.

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Draft programme

1. Opening address

Mr Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Scottish Government.

2. Plenary speakers

Professor Roy Robertson, title TBC, University of Edinburgh.

Dr Magdalena Harris, Researching injecting related risk and protection: the importance of peer and community involvement, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

3. Parallel sessions

Prevention. Chair: Professor Betsy Thom, Middlesex University.

Families. Chair: Dr Anne Whittaker, University of Stirling.

Health, Social Care & Wellbeing. Chair: Dr Alison Munro, University of Dundee.

Harms. Dr Aileen O’Gorman, Chair: University of the West of Scotland.

4. Lunch & poster presentations

5. Plenary speakers

Professor Adam Winstock, Scotland and the challenge of moderation, University College London.

Professor Fiona Measham, title TBC, Durham University.

6. Workshops

An Introduction to realist evaluation, Dr Fiona Harris, University of Stirling.

Literature review methodologies, Dr Steve McGillivray, University of Dundee.

An introduction to complex systems thinking, Dr Mark McCann, University of Glasgow.

Peer engagement in Research, Josh Dumbrel & Wez Steele, Peer Navigators, SHARPS study.

7. Close including prize for the best poster presentation.

Please note:

Video and photography

DRNS will be recording video of the plenary sessions and taking photos throughout the day. These will be used to help share learning, inform our conference report, and for use in promotional materials for the network. By booking a place at this event you confirm you are aware of this notice.  If you do not want to be included in any video or photos from the day, please make us aware by emailing


DRNS is committed to ensuring that all our events are fully accessible to people who wish to attend.  There is step-free access to the hotel, and the conference will take place on the first floor which can be reached via stairs or lift from reception.  There is an opportunity to let us know any other requirements you have when booking your place.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this event accessible for you.

Cancellation policy

All recent DRNS events have been oversubscribed and we are keen to ensure that everyone who wants to attend can book a place at this conference.  Delegates who cannot attend can receive a refund up to 30 days before the event.  If you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking via EventBrite so we can offer your place to someone else.

Data protection

We will only use your details (name, email address etc) in relation to this event and will never share your details with third parties.  For more information, please see our GDPR-compliant Privacy Notice.