This December, Tasmania will host the Annual Conference of the National Association for Gambling Studies. The event will take place in Hobart at Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is currently the most prominent cultural and touristic destination in Australia.
2018 Brisbane Conference
Last November, NAGS annual meeting was settled in Brisbane, and it revolved around new gambling practices and perspectives. It gave its visitors an opportunity to gather fresh information from gamblers, community services, providers, government, and academia.
The most prominent speaker was Dr. Michael Wohl from Carleton University in Canada, who spoke about behavioral changes in gambling and new aspects of loyalty programs. Another keynote speaker was Nicky Dowling, a psychology professor at Deakin University, who had lectures about breaking ground in reducing gambling harm.
What to Expect This Year?
This year’s NAGS meeting will revolve around intersecting points of new technologies informing traditional practice and blurred boundaries between gaming, gambling, taking risks, and behavioral addictions.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brett Abarbanel from the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada. Dr. Abarbanel is an expert at gambling policy, esports, responsible gambling, decision-making and heuristics, experience in online gambling, and new gambling technology and media. Besides that, she is also an editorial board member at Harvard’s Division on BASIS and International Gaming Studies, as well as the co-executive editor of the Gaming Research & Review Journal.
But the titles of Dr. Abarbanel do not stop there. She is a founding director of the organization that advocates the development of good practices at the crossroads of regulated gambling industries and esports.
Every year, many national and international speakers with expertise in various areas of the gambling industry participate at the NAGS Conference and share their insights in pressing subjects. The main goal of the NAGS is to explore and explain recent developments in government policies, regulatory practices, service delivery and treatment, industry practices, and community development.
The Conference will open on December 4 at 8 a.m. and close on December 6 at 5 p.m., and registrations are already open. At the NAGS website, you will find registration options with full instructions. You will be able to participate at the Conference whether you’re a member or not, and you will have the opportunity to choose to be a visitor for one day, all three, or even go to the Pre-Conference Workshop.