GambleAware's 4th annual Harm Minimisation Conference was held on 7th and 8th of December 2016, at the King's Fund, London. Read a report on the Conference here. Conference presentations and PhD poster presentations are below.

The aim of the conference was to review and discuss research, education and treatment in relation to minimising gambling-related harm in Great Britain. GambleAware conferences have been instrumental in shaping the direction of research and policy development, as well as informing industry practice in relation to promoting player protection and responsible gambling behaviour. This year, the conference was also an opportunity to review and discuss best practice in treatment and harm minimisation.

Conference PhD poster presentations:

GambleAware showcased research by current and recently completed GambleAware-funded PhD students at poster sessions held during the lunch hour on both days of the conference. This event was an opportunity for PhD students to discuss their research with conference attendees.

Richard Cutter – Northumbria University - A longitudinal study mapping changes in explicit and implicit measures of gambling behaviour.

Glen Dighton - Swansea University - Gambling on civvy street: Assessing the impact of gambling-related problems on UK armed forces veterans and their families.

Elena Gomis - University of East London - The role of neuromodulation, cognitive processing and behavioural inhibition in problem gambling.

Lucy Pointon - Sheffield Hallam University - Problem gambling and family violence - A life course analysis.

Xuemin Xu – University College London - A study of cognitive biases in gambling: The hot hand and the gamblers' fallacy.

Conference Programme:

Please click on the links below to view the conference presentations.

Day 1: Wednesday 7 December 2016

9.30am Coffee / registration
10.00am Welcome & opening remarks
  • Liz Barclay - Moderator
  • Kate Lampard, Chair, GambleAware
  • Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism & Heritage, DCMS
10.15am What do we mean by gambling-related harm?
11.15am Tea/coffee break
11.45am What do we mean by gambling-related harm?
1pm Lunch & PhD poster session
2pm Who is particularly vulnerable to gambling-related harm?
2pm Parallel session in Maxwell Room: Discussion of PwC's gambling-related harm research findings
3.30pm Tea/coffee break
3.45pm What is the responsible response?
  • Iain Corby, Building GambleAware
  • Responsible gambling industry initiatives - John Hagan, Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG)
  • ABB responsible gambling initiatives - Malcolm George, Association of British Bookmakers (ABB)
  • Self-exclusion in the remote sector - Clive Hawkswood, Remote Gambling Association (RGA)
  • Bacta responsible gambling initiatives - John White, British amusement machine industry (bacta)
  • Bingo research and self-exclusion - Miles Baron, Bingo Association (BA)
  • Playing Safe - Tracy Damestani, National Casino Forum (NCF)
  • Camelot behavioural analytics - Alison Gardner, Camelot
3.45pm Parallel session in Maxwell Room: Discussion of PwC's gambling-related harm findings
5pm Closing remarks
7.30pm Conference Dinner (The Cumberland Hotel) with John Hartson


 Day 2: Thursday 8 December 2016

8.30am Coffee / registration
9.00am Welcome & opening remarks
  • Liz Barclay, Moderator
  • Kate Lampard, Chair, GambleAware
  • Carolyn Harris MP
9.15am What works to help problem gamblers and affected others?
10.45am Tea/coffee break
11.15am Treatment in Great Britain
12.45pm Lunch & PhD poster session
1.45pm Harm Minimsation Research
3.15pm Future research: what can be achieved?
4pm Closing remarks - Kate Lampard, Chair, GambleAware
4pm Networking reception (2 hours)