Breaking Convention Conference 2013

By Dr Ben Sessa

Breaking Convention is a charitable, non-profit multidisciplinary organisation; set-up in 2010 to provide a platform in the UK for the discussion, dissemination and celebration of international psychedelic research in Britain. This summer in London on July 12th-14th we are holding our second international conference. 

Formed and chaired by David Luke, Ben Sessa, David King Anna Waldstein and Cameron Adams, Breaking Convention brings together connections throughout the national and international community of contemporary psychedelic researchers.

The conference is a showcase for all aspects of the psychedelic experience; the medical, neuroscientific, psychological, artistic, sociological, political and spiritual aspects of hallucinogenic substances used in judicious circumstances for healing or personal growth.

This year’s conference will be held at Greenwich University. We have over 130 speakers from more than 20 countries, converging on campus for three days and nights of lectures, talks, workshops, groups, artistic events, music, poetry, dancing, readings and psychedelic happenings.

A whole host of psychedelic drugs will be discussed at this year’s event, including LSD, Cannabis, MDMA, Psilocybin, the 2C-series, Ibogaine, Ayahuasca, Salvia and many others.

Speakers include:

ALEXANDER BEINER
AMANDA FEILDING

ANDY LETCHER, PHD

ANDY ROBERTS

ANNA WALDSTEIN, PHD

AXEL KLEIN, PHD

BEN SESSA, MD

BERNARD CARR, PHD

CAMERON ADAMS, PHD

CATHY MONTGOMERY, PHD

CHARLES SHAW

CHARLIE MORLEY

DARREN SPRINGER

DAVE KING

DAVID LUKE, PHD

DAVID NUTT, MD

ERIK DAVIS

GRAHAM HANCOCK

HON. BINGHI CONGO-NYAH

JAMES FADIMAN, PHD

JEREMY NARBY, PHD

JOHN ‘TWINK’ ALDER

KATHERINE MACLEAN PHD

KILINDI IYI

KIRKLAND MURRAY

LEAF FIELDING

MATTHEW WATKINS, PHD

MICHAEL MITHOEFER, MD
MIQUETTE GIRAUDY

NIK TURNER

RALPH METZNER, PHD

REKA KOMAROMI

RICK DOBLIN, PHD

ROBERT DICKINS

TOKIO AOYAMA

TORSTEN PASSIE, MD, PHD

WILLIAM ROWLANDSON, PHD

ZOE BRAN

And there are also talks from sixty other speakers who have submitted their own papers.

Some of our invited international speakers have not been able to make it to London in person, so we will screen their talks live through our ‘Skypedelia’ symposium. They include:

  • Alex and Allyson Grey
  • Team Shulgin
  • David Nichols
  • George Greer
  • Charles Grob
  • Casey Hardison and Charlotte Walsh
  • Dennis McKenna
  • Tim Scully
  • Bill Richards

In the evenings there will be screenings of recent films from psychedelic luminaries and up-and-coming film makers. At a nearby venue there will some UK psychedelic rock bands playing in a local art gallery affiliated with the event.

Tickets for the three-day conference of talks and lectures cost between £55 and £100 – depending on type and concessions.

Please check out the website for more details.

www.breakingconvention.co.uk

Breaking Convention, 2013

Breaking Convention to provide a platform in the UK for the discussion, dissemination and celebration of international psychedelic research in Britain.

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