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Be Part of The Psychedelic Renaissance


Following the stellar success of Breaking Convention from 2011-2017, the technicolor flag of international psychedelia will be hoisted once again over the weekend of 16-18 August 2019.  Breaking Convention 2019 will be held at the beautiful, baroque Old Royal Naval College campus of the University of Greenwich.

Breaking Convention is primarily a volunteer-run enterprise and would not exist without direct support from people willing to give their time in order to be involved with this vital subject.

If you wish to become involved in Breaking Convention 2019, please write to us using one of the forms below.  Please make sure that you use the correct form and provide all necessary fields.

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Apply to be a volunteer

We have been inundated with requests to volunteer! Thanks to all those who were so quick to apply. Sorry, but we are unable to accept any more applications; even our reserve list is full.

Submit presentation

To apply to present at Breaking Convention, please read the following notes on suggested topics and how to submit your abstract (talk summary).


Your abstract must be between 100-400 words and must clearly and concisely describe the proposed remit of your talk.  Research submissions are preferred, although data may be either qualitative or quantitative.  Non-research submissions will also be considered.  Along with your abstract you must attach a short biography (approx. 200 words) and, where applicable, a list of relevant publications.  Please also state your current country of residence.


Those whose submissions are accepted will be given discounted entry to Breaking Convention.  Unfortunately we will not be able to subsidise expenses, and the discount is limited to one ticket per speaker.  Breaking Convention tries very hard to keep its ticket prices as low as possible, and consequently we are only able to provide financial help to our invited speakers.  If your abstract is accepted, you will be required to register and pay for the conference at the discounted speaker rate to confirm.


Submissions will be judged by a panel of expert reviewers and selected based on originality, relevance and credibility.

The abstract must clearly describe the proposed talk and, where relevant, the source of data.
Applicants may be from any background, with no minimum education levels, although they are expected to demonstrate expertise in their area of interest.  This must be summarised in the biography.
The abstract must be strictly relevant to the conference.
Abstracts must be received by the deadline of 31 March.


Abstracts must be pertinent to the overall theme of the conference: the mechanisms, uses and implications of altered states of consciousness, particularly those occasioned by psychedelic compounds and practices.

Some suggested topics are listed below:

Psychedelic Psychiatry & Medicine
Psychedelic Ethnobotany
Psychedelic Neuroscience & Mechanisms.
Psychedelics & Philosophy
Psychedelics, Time & Perception
Non-Drug Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs).
Psychedelics & Poetic Expression
Psychedelics, Healing & Spirituality
Drug Policy & Activism
Psychedelic History, Literature & Ethnography.
Psychedelics in Anthropology & Archaeology
If you have not been a Breaking Convention speaker in the past, please enter into the fields below the details of one character referee.

Application details:

Submit performance, installation or workshop

Breaking Convention is more than an academic convention; we also host various interactive installations, workshops, dance and theatre productions, curiosities and contraptions.  To apply, please fill out the form below.

Submit music, film or art


If you are a musician and would like to play at Breaking Convention, please write to us below.  For the most part, we are arranging the music program on a basis of invitation-only, but we welcome submissions from interested parties.

Visual artists

Our resident artist Stuart Griggs will be curating a visionary art exhibition at Breaking Convention 2019.  Although the gallery will mostly feature invited artists, you are welcome to use the form below to submit some work for presentation.  If your work is selected, you will need to get it printed on a stretched canvas to gallery specifications.


Each year, Breaking Convention runs a mini film festival, showcasing the best of psychedelic cinema.  If you represent a new production, please contact us below to discuss arranging a viewing.  The deadline for film submissions is 31st March 2019.

Please paste your portfolio web link in the text pane below.

Research awards submission

Breaking Convention is proud to announce that we are opening nominations for the second annual research awards.  We will be giving three awards of £500, one each for best published Scientific, Social Science and Humanities publications.  Further, the authors of the winning pieces will be invited to speak at BC19.   The deadline for nominations will be 15 March 2019.

Acceptance criteria

The criteria for entries is simple.  The publication must be:

Peer reviewed
Published in 2018
About psychedelics
Please paste your publication web link in the text pane below.
Click the button to upload your publication; the file will be included when you submit the form.

Student essay competition entry

New for 2019 we will be giving a £500 award for an original student essay or research report submitted by a confirmed Masters or Doctoral student.  The winning essay/report will be between 3-4000 words, will be relevant to psychedelics, and be within the student’s field of study.  The author of the winning essay/report will also be invited to speak at BC19.  The deadline for submissions will be 1 April 2019 (April Fool’s day in honour of the first Breaking Convention, but this is no prank!).

Please paste your essay web link (google doc etc) in the text pane below.
Click the button to upload your essay; the file will be included when you submit the form.

Become a Media Partner

We would very much like to maintain as many links with relevant media and affiliate organisations as possible.  Get in touch and let us start a conversation.

Press enquiries

Please only complete this form if you are a member of the press.  Click here for general enquiries.

NOTE: We have only limited free press passes and must reserve these for journalists from major news organisations whose presence at the conference will lead to a publication in the mainstream press.


General enquiries

For all general enquiries, please complete this form.