DRNS Conference 2019

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

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We look forward to welcoming over 150 delegates to our second annual conference, #DRNS2019

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: Prof Roy Robertson (University of Edinburgh), Dr Magdalena Harris (LSHTM), Prof Adam Winstock (UCL), and Prof Fiona Measham (University of Liverpool)

Parallel sessions will be chaired by DRNS steering committee members and academic theme leads and will include presentations and discussions on emerging research findings, priorities for further work, and how these can inform developments in policy and practice.

Afternoon workshops will provide delegates with an understanding of key methodological issues relevant to the ongoing development of Scottish drugs research.

Poster presentations will highlight work underway, including work conducted by Masters and PhD students, and practitioners from the statutory and voluntary sectors.  There will be a prize of £200 towards a conference or course for the best poster.

We gratefully acknowledge support from the Society for the Study of Addiction, which has allowed us to offer an expanded programme to more delegates and supported provision of free places to unwaged people, students, and those with lived / living experience.

The final programme is available here for delegates’ information: DRNS-Conference-Delegate-Pack-2019.pdf 

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 admin@drns.ac.uk


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.

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.