Breaking Convention 2015

unnamedThe program for the third Breaking Convention (largest psychedelics conference) has been officially released. If you’re in/near the UK or are a psychedelic aficionado, you’ll definitely want to check out this year’s line-up.

The academic program has been released for Breaking Convention 2015. The largest psychedelics conference in the known universe is taking place once again at the University of Greenwich, slap bang on the Prime Meridian at the centre of time and space. The event features more than 130 academic speakers, a Film Festival, a weekend Music Festival, a Visionary Art Gallery, 15 free workshops, mind-boggling journeys through pulsing light contraptions, dance performances, live icaros, traditional shamanic ceremonies (and much more besides) and is held in one of the most visually stunning buildings in the country. The Old Royal Naval College was designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th Century and has been described by The Independent as ”more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”, and by UNESCO as one of the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.

Program available here:

Speakers include:

Prof. David Nichols, World’s most cited scientist on LSD pharmacology
Prof. David Nutt, Head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London
Prof. Roland Griffiths, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Johns-Hopkins Medical School
Kat Harrison, Researcher, writer, campaigner & wife of Terrence McKenna
Prof. Lumír Hanuš, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, discoverer of the first endocannabinoid anandamide.
Daniel Pinchbeck, Author of Breaking Open the Head
Dr. Jonathan Ott, Ethnobotanist & writer who coined the term entheogen.
Dale Pendell, Poet & Author of the Pharmako trilogy
Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss & Founding Director of the Beckley Foundation
Dr. Rick Doblin, Founding Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Prof. Michael Heinrich, Head of the Center for Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry, UCL
…and 120 others

Research presented at this event will give important clinical updates in our understanding of using psychedelics to treat disorders including bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, addiction, sociopathy, chronic depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and end-of-life anxiety. It will also showcase the latest psychedelic research from the humanities, history, anthropology, art, criminology, drug policy, and other fields.

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An exciting weekend which covered all aspects of psychedelic drugs: scientific, therapeutic, anthropological, phenomenological, legal, historical and cultural. The flywheels of my brain were cranked to the max, leaving me sleepless with ideas.
— Andy Letcher, PhD, Author & Lecturer in Religious Studies

I can honestly say that it was the most amazing experience I have ever had. The location and standard of speakers is tremendous …. The event is highly academic but mixes this with an atmosphere of laid-back cool reminiscent of the Glastonbury Festival. Indeed I am of the opinion that this is becoming the European equivalent California’s “Burning Man” Festival.
— Anthony Peake, Writer & Researcher

Breaking Convention 2011 was an historical milestone in the burgeoning psychedelic renaissance of the 21st century. From psychonauts to scientist it was an event at which it was unstated but understood that ‘We are everywhere’.
— Andy Roberts, Author