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The Beckley Foundation

The Beckley Foundation was founded in 1998 by its director, Amanda Feilding. It works in two complementary areas: Science and Policy.

• The Scientific Programme has produced much ground-breaking research on currently-controlled psychoactive substances. Over 30 papers have been published in influential scientific journals, both national and international, as a result of the the Foundation’s collaborative research projects. Amanda co-directs this work, and has been a pioneering force initiating, developing and carrying out scientific research projects in collaboration with partners at leading institutions, such as Imperial College, UCL, King’s College, London, Johns Hopkins, UC Berkeley and many others. The aim has been to build our understanding of how these substances work, how they effect the brain and consciousness, and how they can be used for the betterment of humankind.

• The Policy Programme aims to reform national and international drug policies by promoting a rational, empirical approach. The Foundation advocates a move away from the current prohibitionist system– which causes devastating unintended consequences – towards health-oriented, harm-reducing, cost-effective policies that respect human rights. Since 2000, AF and the Beckley Foundation have organised and hosted a series of influential Seminars under the title Drugs & Society: A Rational Perspective. The ten Seminars, mainly held at the House of Lords, have been very influential, and were the first to bring together leading international scientists, politicians and thought-leaders in order to share knowledge, foster collaborations and debate ways forward.

The Beckley Foundation is a charity registered in the UK – No. SC033546.

Since 2008 the Beckley Foundation is also an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, as well as being part of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs.


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