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2020 NIDA International Forum
June 19–21, 2020
The Diplomat
Hollywood, Florida

Join the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program for the 2020 NIDA International Forum, which will be held June 19–21, 2020, at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. The nearest international airports are Miami International and Fort Lauderdale—Hollywood International.

The Forum research symposium, poster session, and network-building activities focus on the range and quality of drug abuse research conducted around the world. Participants meet talented colleagues and learn about drug abuse research and policy issues in other countries as well as the NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations. There is no fee to attend the NIDA International Forum.

Important Dates

November 6, 2019 Forum Abstract Submission and Travel Award Request Opens
January 20, 2020 Forum Abstract Submission and Travel Award Request – Closed
March 9, 2020 Online Forum Registration – Now Open

Forum Abstract and Travel Award Selections Announced
May 8, 2020 Forum Registration Closes

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Registration Deadline: May 8, 2020

Online registration is now open. There is no registration fee to attend the NIDA International Forum.

Registration CLOSED

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The 2020 Forum Draft Agenda is listed below; please check back for updates. 

Friday, June 19, 2020
3:30–7:30 p.m. Registration and Information
4:00–6:00 p.m.

ISAJE Workshop

  • Preparing Your Research for Publication
6:15– 8:15 p.m.

Joint NIDA International Forum and InWomen Session

  • Treatment of Substance Abuse in Women
Saturday, June 20, 2020
8:00 a.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Registration and Information
8:15 a.m.–
12:45 p.m.

Plenary Session

  • NIDA Research Priorities, Results, and Challenges
  • Implementing International Treatment Standards and Quality Assurance Programs
  • Substance Abuse Research and Education Training: Web-Based Training in Clinical Research
  • Examining Cannabis Policy Changes From International, Regional, and National Perpsectives
2:15–5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session (Continued)

  • Opioid Use: International Evidence and Initiatives
  • Cannabis Research Reports: Use, Gender, Dose, and Driving
New Date! Sunday, June 21, 2020
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Joint NIDA International Forum and CPDD Workshop:

  • International Research Posters

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Poster Session

The NIDA International Forum Poster Session, scheduled as the joint NIDA International Forum and CPDD Workshop, will be held Sunday, June 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

poster orientation diagram
  • Poster number assignments will be announced by June 1, 2020.
  • Boards will be 8 feet high by 4 feet wide (2.4 meters high by 1.2 meters wide).
  • One presenter per vertical board. When preparing the size of your poster, we recommend:
    • Maximum height (up and down) 5.4 feet/65 inches or 165 centimeters/1.65 meters
    • Maximum width (side to side) 3.8 feet /46 inches or 116.8 centimeters/1.16 meters.
  • Each poster author is responsible for all his or her own poster arrangements (creating, shipping, and displaying). Poster display boards, pushpins, Velcro, and tape will be provided.
  • Poster presenters must attend the entire session, and all posters must be displayed from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Authors of odd-numbered posters must be by their poster from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Authors of even-numbered posters must be by their poster from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Authors may use the other hour to view the rest of the poster presentations.

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CPDD International Research Poster Contest


CPDD gives an award for scientists from low-, lower middle-, and upper middle-income countries who present their research at the Joint NIDA International Forum/CPDD Workshop International Research Poster Session. The author of the winning poster will receive 3 nights’ accommodation at the conference hotel for the 2021 or 2022 CPDD and NIDA International Forum meetings.

There is no separate application process. All eligible poster presenters will be considered for the award if:

  • They are citizens of a low-, lower middle-, or upper middle-income country as defined by the World Bank.
  • The research was conducted in their home country or another low-, lower middle-, or upper middle-income country.
  • They are present during the entire NIDA International Forum/CPDD International Research Poster Session Workshop.

For more information about the CPDD International Research Poster Contest, contact Dace Svikis, CPDD International Committee member, at dssvikis@vcu.edu.

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CPDD International Committee Travel Award

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the CPDD International Committee travel award. All selection decisions have been issued. Any questions about selection decisions for the CPDD International Committee travel award should be directed to:

Francesca Filbey, Ph.D.
Chair, CPDD International Committee
University of Texas Dallas, United States
Email: francesca.filbey@utdallas.edu
Phone: +1-972-883-3311

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Visa Letter Request

Requests Accepted: March 9 to May 8, 2020

Only 2020 NIDA International Forum speakers and authors of selected abstracts may request a formal letter of invitation to obtain a visitor visa to enter the United States or to fulfill a requirement from their employer. Speakers and authors of selected abstracts should follow the instructions received in their invitation or abstract selection notice. Other Forum participants may use the registration confirmation or abstract submission confirmation email generated by the online system.

The NIDA International Program will not communicate with an embassy or consulate on behalf of any individual.

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Traveling to the United States

Many Forum participants who are not U.S. citizens will be required to obtain a visa to enter the United States. You should apply for this document BEFORE you book travel.

Learn more about applying for visas by visiting the U.S. Department of State website

Tools on the website will help you determine which visa to apply for, complete an online application, and discover how long you will have to wait for an in-person interview.

Learn about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) by visiting the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website.

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Visiting Hollywood, Florida

The 2020 Forum will be held at The Diplomat, the CPDD main conference hotel in Hollywood, Florida. The city sponsors a free shuttle bus that serves the area around the conference hotel. The nearest international airports are Miami International and Fort Lauderdale—Hollywood International.

Hollywood Visitor Information

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    2020 NIDA International Forum

    Important Dates

    NIDA International Program Fellowships

    Application Deadlines:
    Postdoctoral Fellowships:
    October 1


    April 1 - April 4, 2020
    San Francisco, California, USA
    April 2 - April 5, 2020
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    April 25 - April 29, 2020
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA