This summer, on the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the largest psychedelic research conference in Europe returns to the University of Greenwich. Hosting approximately 150 interdisciplinary presentations over three days, across four simultaneous academic tracks, Breaking Convention is one of the biggest psychedelic meetings in the world. The conference features more than a dozen interactive workshops, a visionary art exhibition, installation gallery, psychedelic film festival, theatre and performance programme, evening banquet, and celebrations every night at the SU bar.
At Breaking Convention there’s something for everyone, with contributions from cutting-edge neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry, pharmacology, sociology and criminology, policy analysis, anthropology, archaeology, ethnobotany, music, art, history, literature, theology, mysticism, indigenous perspectives, parapsychology, and much else besides.
DAVID NICHOLS, PhD: Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Purdue University, and co-founder of the Heffter Research Institute.
DENNIS MCKENNA, PhD: Co-founder & Director of Ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, and author.
RUPERT SHELDRAKE, PhD: Biologist and author of 12 books.
JULIE HOLLAND, MD: Psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist and author of four books.
BIA LABATE, PhD: Social anthropologist, co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) and author or editor of 15 books.
EDE FRECSKA, MD, PhD: Chief of Department, National Institute of Psychiatry & Neurology, Hungary.
JIM FADIMAN, PhD: Psychologist, author of five books and co-founder of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.
TORSTEN PASSIE, MD, PhD: Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Laboratory for Neurocognition and Consciousness, Hannover.
BILL RICHARDS, PhD: Psychologist, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
ERIK DAVIS: Author of four books, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and public intellectual.
ROBIN CARHART-HARRIS, PhD: Head of Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London.
TOM ROBERTS, PhD: Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology, Northern Illinois University, and co-founder of the Council on Spiritual Practices.
MIKE JAY: Author of 12 books and curator of the Wellcome Collection exhibitions ‘Bedlam & Beyond’ and ‘High Society’.
AMANDA FEILDING: Founding Director of the Beckley Foundation.
RICK DOBLIN, PhD: Founding Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
…plus 130 MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Five-room academic programme, featuring 130+ speakers.
Visionary art gallery
Psychedelic film festival
Light shows, dance and theatre performances.
Evening parties & concerts
Installations, exhibitions & stalls
Limited edition Breaking Convention bag, including the famous welcome pack stuffed with free books, conference material, and more.
Old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich, London.
The Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The campus is centred on three baroque buildings 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”.
The grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, in which the Greenwich Campus is situated, also houses the tourist attractions of the Painted Hall and Chapel.
Greenwich is a bustling town with a great atmosphere fostered by markets, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Up the Creek, a comedy and cabaret club, offers up-and-coming names in stand-up and is a short walk from the campus.
The borough is steeped in history. East meets west on the Greenwich Meridian line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th-century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated. Greenwich is home to the Cutty Sark, a 19th-century clipper ship, and the National Maritime Museum, as well as one of London’s finest Royal Parks.