The programme

The theme for GFN 2019 is ‘It’s time to talk about nicotine’. The conference has two main tracks: Science and Policy, Advocacy and Practice.

The programme includes plenary sessions, symposia, panel discussions, poster presentations, and satellite sessions.

See the outline programme here

If you have suggestions for invited speakers or for main or satellite sessions please email .

Abstract submission

Sessions are planned around abstract submissions and invited speakers.

Please use the abstract submission system https://gfn.net.co/go2019. You need to create a user account.

The programme committee uses selected abstracts to construct themed sessions.

Potential areas of interest

Abstract submissions are invited from any relevant field including (but not restricted to) policy analysis, epidemiology and modelling, laboratory science, social science (including economics, psychology and cultural studies), market analysis, consumer experience, advocacy, regulation and law, and health services research.

Potential topics include:

  • Positive aspects of nicotine use (clinical and experiential)
  • Patterns of use of safer nicotine products
  • Scientific assessment of lower risk nicotine products
  • Public perceptions of nicotine and safer nicotine products
  • Research methods, and quality of science and its communication
  • Modelling the future of nicotine, tobacco and smoking
  • Tobacco harm reduction advocacy – including case studies
  • Consumer experience and influence
  • Nicotine harm reduction and developing countries
  • Nicotine and marginal, disadvantaged and confined populations
  • Regional and national situation updates
  • Developments in law, regulation and standards
  • ‘Future-scoping’ nicotine products, use and regulation
  • Ethics, religion, tobacco control and harm reduction
  • The future role and structure of the nicotine industry
  • Social, cultural and historical analyses of nicotine, tobacco and smoking
  • Tobacco farmers
  • Media presentation, influence and responsibility

Closing date for abstracts for oral presentations - 23.59 CET on Sunday 10th February 2019.

Closing date for abstracts for poster presentations - 23.59 CET on Sunday 31st March 2019.


Poster presentations may include video posters, and may be on any relevant topic related to science, policy, advocacy or practice.

Authors will be informed if their abstract has been accepted by 22nd April 2019.

If your abstract is selected for inclusion in the programme you must pay the appropriate registration fee to attend and present.

Early career researchers

We have up to three scholarships (registration, travel and hotel) for early-career researchers (35 years and under) who are chosen to make oral presentations. These are solely funded from the conference budget.

To apply please submit your abstract and also e-mail the Chair of the Programme Committee at , giving details of your institution, course of study or work and reasons for requesting the award. Successful applicants will receive confirmation of an award by 22nd April 2019