The key themes of GFN 2016 are Evidence, Accountability and Transparency. There will be plenary, parallel and panel sessions and a poster exhibition area, as well as a number of pre-conference satellite sessions. There is an impressive line-up of international speakers.

Thursday 16th June. Film (17:50) and Social Event (20:00).

The programme starts on the evening of Thursday 16th June with the European Premiere of the feature length documentary – A Billion Lives. Some of this was filmed last year at GFN and includes many speakers and participants at last years’ conference. The Director – Aaron Biebert, will introduce the film. The film will be shown in the cinema at the Palace of Culture, a few minutes’ walk from the Marriott Hotel. Admission to the film is for conference participants and invited guests only. The film is followed by the GFN Awards ceremony. After the film the social party take place in the Lokanta Restaurant. This is also only a few minutes from the Marriott Hotel. There will be a snack buffet for guests and a paying bar.

Directions to the Palace of Culture and the Lokanta Restaurant are here.

Friday 17th June.

The conference takes place on the 3rd floor of the Marriott hotel. All rooms, refreshments, lunches and networking take place on this floor. Registration is open from 09:00. Admission to the conference is for registered participants displaying a conference name badge. Details of the programme are here.

Morning satellite sessions

Satellite sessions on Friday morning include a Science and Policy Update session, a session on Standards and Regulation, and a meeting for Consumer advocates.

Posters are displayed in the main conference network area throughout the conference and poster presenters will be available between 13.30 and 14.30.

Afternoon – formal start of the Conference

The conference commences with the Michael Russell Oration which this year will be delivered by Dr Marewa Glover. This is followed by the first plenary session on ‘Evidence updates, making sense of the Science’. The afternoon session is followed by a networking reception for all delegates.

Saturday 18th June.


The day starts with the second plenary session which is on regulation. This is followed by two parallel sessions, one is a debate on science and publishing and the other on national evidence and policies.

Lunch, posters and networking


The afternoon opens with a panel QA session, followed by the third and closing forward looking plenary.