Will there be harm reduction and other healthcare services available on site?
We are committed to ensuring the event provides and facilitates appropriate care for all delegates who may have special medical and healthcare needs, especially delegates who use or have used drugs, or who are living with HIV, viral hepatitis or TB. Read more about wellbeing at the conference here.
How do I register for the conference?
Registration for HR17 is now open! Registrations can be completed online via the HR17 registration website page.
How do I change the contact email for my registration account?
Simply log in and edit the primary email address listed under your contact details. All future correspondence will be sent to the new address.
How much does it cost to attend?
Pricing is tiered according to your country's income catagory (high or low income, according to the World Bank). We are also offering discounted Early Bird rates for delegates who register before 27 January 2017. All prices are in GBP.
Low/middle income countries:
- Standard (until 21 April 2017): £515
High income countries:
- Standard (until 21 April 2017): £625
Late or ‘on the day’ registration: £995
I applied for a scholarship. When will I find out the outcome of my application? I don’t want to miss out on the Early Bird rate!
You will be notified at the beginning of February. If your application is unsuccessful but you still want to register as a delegate, contact conference[at]hri[dot]global to access the Early Bird discount.
If I register now but change my mind later, can I get a refund? Is there a fee?
Registrations are refundable, but there is an admin fee. See Terms and Conditions for details.
Can I transfer my registration to a different person?
If you cannot attend the conference, someone else may take your place. You must inform us by e-mail (conference[at]hri[dot]global) before 28 April 2017, and the new delegate must present your original payment confirmation on arrival at the conference.
Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
Visitors need a valid passport to enter Canada and they may also require a visa. For information please see Visa Information.
How do I get my visa invitation letter?
If you requested an invitation letter for your visa when you registered, this will be available on your online registration account in due course.
I still don’t know the outcome of my abstract submission. When will I find out?
Notification was sent to the primary email addresses of everyone who submitted an abstract in late December or early January. No emails bounced, but some may have ended up in junk or spam folders. If you still can’t find the email, please contact conference[at]hri[dot]global.
What is the process for putting together the programme, and who is involved?
All abstracts submitted have been be put through a rigorous peer review process, first by an online International Review Committee, and then by an Executive Review Committee which met in London in December 2016 to formulate the conference programme. Read more about the programme process and timeline here.
Who is speaking?
Key speakers are being announced regularly from now until the conference. Check out the news section for the latest updates.
Will there be any sessions or workshops on X?
Session titles are now available here.
Where will delegates be staying?
Montréal boasts a wide variety of hotels for every taste, no matter what your budget or needs. Each neighbourhood has its own distinctive hotel type, from boutique hotels to internationally recognised hotel chains, and from guesthouses to small independent hotels. Read our list of recommended accommodation, including information on a special discounted rate at the Novotel Montréal Centre.
What else is there to do in Montreal?
Plenty! We will provide detailed information shortly.
Will there be site visits to local harm reduction programmes?
This will be announced soon.
Will I be able to download speakers’ presentations after the conference?
Speakers will have the option to make their presentations available afterwards. We will let all delegates know when these presentations are ready to be downloaded after the conference.
My organisation would like to sponsor/have an exhibition stand/advertise at the conference. How do we do this and how much will it cost?
Find out about all sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising options, including prices, here.
Will the conference get me discount on any specific airlines or travel agencies?
Yes. At present, delegates have access to a discounted hotel rate at the Novotel Montréal Centre. Watch this space for other special deals.
Are there any local laws or customs that I should be aware of?
Yes, we will provide these details shortly.
What is the local partner organisation?
The local partner organisation is AIDQ.
What is Harm Reduction International?
Harm Reduction International is a leading non-governmental organisation working to promote and expand support for harm reduction. Find out more here.
What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, and the focus on people who continue to use drugs. Read more here, including a full explanation in over 12 languages.
How can I find out about volunteering opportunities at the conference?
Details will be available soon, but in the meantime, please email conference[at]hri[dot]global to let us know you're interested in volunteering.
What is the name of the venue and where is it?
HR17 will be held at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montréal, Canada. At the centre of Montréal’s business and entertainment district, the Centre Mont-Royal offers a unique space for special events and conferences.
I’ve got a question that’s not answered here!
We’ll be updating this FAQ as we add more information to the conference site, so your question may well appear here once we have an answer. In the meantime, please let us know what you’d like to ask, in case we haven’t thought of it, by emailing conference[at]hri[dot]global.