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HIT Hot Topics Conference 2018

The greatest harm reduction conference in the UK
HIT Hot Topics is the UK’s greatest harm reduction conference, with a strong focus on providing practical take-away messages from some of the world’s most interesting speakers.

Conference Updates

2019 Speaker Announcement: Sanho Tree

2019 Speaker Announcement: Sanho Tree

We will be launching the 2019 HIT Hot Topics Conference website very soon, but we are ready to announce our first speaker so why wait! We are very excited to announce that Sanho Tree will be speaking at this year's conference.

Driving Change

Driving Change

Drug law enforcement was bound to be at the top of the agenda for a conference that cares passionately about harm reduction. While drug use was ‘ubiquitous, right across the population’, drug law enforcement was ‘a tool for social control’, said Niamh Eastwood, executive director at Release. Furthermore, it had before a weapon against the poorest and most vulnerable, designed to ‘push people out there’.


Alissa Sadler

Communications Officer at Open Society Foundations

Alissa Sadler is a communications officer at the Open Society Foundations. Based in London, she works to promote the work of the Public Health Program and grantees to a variety of audiences across the globe through strategic communications campaigns, publications, digital projects, and media outreach. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Alissa worked at Signals Design Group—a strategic design and communications agency based in Vancouver, Canada. There she worked on a range of public health, corporate, and social communications campaigns for clients across the country. Before that, she worked in communications for the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Canada’s leading HIV/AIDS and harm reduction research organization. She holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.


Communications & Harm Reduction. This presentation covered best practices for communicating about your work to a variety of audiences, and offered tips and tricks for working with the media and social media to boost your advocacy and tell your organization’s story.

Side Events


Time to be social

As always with our conference we are arranging side events both the evening before and the evening of the conference.

We know from speaking to you all every year that these are one of the most important social times of the year.

You can attend these events even if you are not a conference attendee.


Connecting people
For the first time this year we are going to be trying something new to help people connect during the conference. We’ll be having a ‘Connecting board’ to help people looking for help with projects or developing ideas.