In Part 3 of my series of conference travel blogs I will be discussing my trip to Budapest to attend the IV International Conference on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Exactly one week after getting back from my trips to New Zealand and Australia (see Part 1 & 2 of my “conference season” travel blogs) I was headed back to Heathrow Airport to travel to Budapest for my next conference.
When I had originally registered for the conference I expecting it to be a much smaller conference then the ones I had attended in Australia and New Zealand as I figured the NPS field to be a much smaller niche within academia than drug policy. However, I was quite surprised when I arrived at the conference venue because there were far more people attending the conference then I had originally anticipated. Instead of seeing what I expected would be around 50 attendees there appeared to be more than 200 delegates attending the conference. Although research on NPS is in many ways a niche field the multidisciplinary nature of the conference meant that a wide variety of NPS related research was being showcased over the course of the two-day conference. While the number of researchers studying NPS was quite limited at the previous two conferences I had recently attended, everyone who attended this conference was either conducting research on NPS or working in a wide variety of NPS related fields.
For me the highlight of the conference was the opportunity to talk with other researchers who were doing similar research to mine and exchange ideas as well as receiving guidance on doing research on NPS from others who have experience in this field.
Overall the conference was a very enlightening experience and left me walking away with a few new ideas that I would like to try and incorporate into my own research.
I conclude this blog post with some pictures of the unfortunately very brief sightseeing I was able to squeeze into the few hours I had available while I was in Budapest.
That is all I have to say about my brief time in Budapest. In the next blog post I will be covering my experiences from my next conference related trip to the NIDA International Forum in Palm Springs California.