At this symposium, experts from a variety of disciplines within medicine, the social sciences and the humanities, come together to discuss the scientific study of psychedelics. This symposium, intended for scientists and scholars, intends to lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary network of academics interested in this topic, and to connect more effectively with international research in this area. It is organized by the KNAW (the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) and the OPEN Foundation.

Date & time: Monday 25 March 2019, 4pm-9pm

Location: OBA Oosterdok, Theaterzaal, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam

For more information: Website KNAW


  • Gemma Blok, professor of Modern History, Open Universiteit – Legal use of MDMA in the 70s and 80s
  • Joost Breeksema, director of  OPEN Foundation – Psychedelics: an introduction
  • Wim van den Brink, Emeritus Professor of Addiction Care, Amsterdam UMC, AMC, Universiteit van Amsterdam – Psychedelics and psychiatry
  • Michiel van Elk, Assistant Professor in Social Psychology, Universiteit van Amsterdam – Recent (neuro)scientific research into psychedelics
  • Wouter Hanegraaff, Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, Universiteit van Amsterdam – Psychedelics in Western culture
  • Toine Pieters, professor in History of Pharmacy, Universiteit Utrecht – LSD and the pharmacological machine of promises
  • Eric Vermetten, Professor of Medical-Biological and Psychiatric Aspects of Psychotrauma, Universiteit Leiden – Psychedelics in Psychotraumatology

This meeting is convened by Patricia Pisters, Professor of Media Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

This programme is co-organized by the OPEN Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to stimulating and promoting scientific research into psychedelics since 2007.

Access is free, registration is required.