Over five days, the annual Harm Reduction International conferences include around 60 sessions – including:
- Opening and Closing Sessions – featuring high-profile addresses and speeches from key international figures, dignitaries from the host country, and key activists and advocates.
- Plenary Sessions – which help to set themes for the rest of the conference and are the focus of the programme at that time, attract over 1,000 delegates.
- Major Sessions – which showcase key issues and topics in more detail, and run in sets of three at a time, each attracting around 350 delegates.
Concurrent Sessions – which run in sets of six sessions at a time, each attracting around 100 delegates, and allow for a range of different subjects and issues to be explored and discussed in some detail.
The format of these sessions varies, but typically involves four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each based on an abstract that they have submitted online. Overall, the conference aims to accommodate around 250 such oral presentations.
In addition to the formal programme for the conference there is also:
- The Dialogue Space/Workshops – which will run alongside the main programme and allow for discussion, debate and skills building in a more informal setting.
- The 8th Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival – run in partnership with the burnet Institute, Australia, this popular annual event shows some 35/40 films, ranging from short documentaries to features, all concerned with the issues of the conference, as well as ‘meet the film maker’ seminars and discussions about the individual films.
- Poster Exhibition – which will feature some 400+ posters exhibited during the five days, offering the opportunity for delegates to explore in some detail developments and work being undertaken at locations across the globe and to network and establish contacts with like-minded colleagues from many locations.
The abstract submission system is now closed. We would like to thank all those participants that took the time to enter an abstract for Harm Reduction 2011. This year we received over 1,100 abstracts! Every single abstract was reviewed by at least two to three members of the International Programme Committee (the IPC). (PDF, 73 KB)
In early December 2010, the Executive Programme Committee met in Beirut to create the conference programme for Harm Reduction 2011: Harm Reduction International’s 22nd International Conference. Over the three days members of the Executive Programme Committee reviewed the 1,100 abstracts that have been submitted from all over the world. The result is another high quality, comprehensive programme containing keynote speeches and a range of different sessions to appeal to, and cater for, all of our delegates which focuses on the conference theme - 'Building capacity, redressing neglect'.
For details on how to submit films for exhibition in the film festival please click here.