DRNS Conference 2018

On the 28th November 2018 the DRNS was pleased to hold our first annual conference, a fully sold-out event that attracted 120 delegates including academic and peer researchers, post-graduate students, early career researchers, health and care providers, third sector agencies and people with lived and living experience of drug use.

Thanks to a funding grant from the Society for the Study of Addiction we were able to capture a range of outputs from the event, which are presented here for delegates and others with an interest in drugs research in Scotland and beyond.

Delegate comments and photos are available on our Twitter feed @DRNScot, including tweets containing the event hashtag #DRNS2018.

A delegate pack was circulated in advance of the event and included: the conference programme; workshop details; speakers’ and workshop facilitators’  biographies; and travel, accessibility, and contact information.

We hope you find these resources helpful and welcome your feedback on this event and associated issues for drugs research in Scotland.

Conference report

Our post conference report provides a summary of presentations, workshops and posters, and a list of delegates who consented to share their contact details. 

Plenary presentations

1. Research into policy: some examples of success.
Professor Alex Stevens, University of Kent


2. Getting good ideas into practice – implementation science and service improvements
Professor Tracy Finch, University of Kent.


3. Getting published: a how-to guide.
Professor Betsy Thom, Middlesex University & DRNS.


4. Using non-academic methods in knowledge exchange.
Professor Harry Sumnall, Liverpool John Moores University.



A. Democratising drugs research? Navigating the evidence and building on people’s experience to make it work for everyone.
Jason Wallace, Scottish Drugs Forum; Dr Gillian Tober, Leeds Addiction Unit; Dr Tessa Parkes, University of Stirling & DRNS.

B. Preparing a strong grant applicationProf. Kate Hunt, University of Stirling.