Gambling addiction: Science, Independence, Transparency
The present symposium follows congresses entitled “from legislation to action” and “preventing excessive gambling within an addictive society”, organized in 2005 and 2008 in the University of Lausanne. The most recent edition; “Excessive gambling: Prevention and Harm Reduction” was held at the University of Neuchatel in 2014.
Gambling addiction and other addictive behaviours “without substances”, represent an ever-increasing challenge for health and prevention policies, and their evaluation. This is particularly influenced by the transnational context of the Internet and current opportunities for electronic gambling, which are designed to be addictive. The 4th edition of the symposium will, therefore, focus on monitoring systems and ways to directly approach and handle conflicts of interest between stakeholders.
This symposium addresses public social health including professionals practicing in the field of prevention and gambling addiction, and more generally, addictive behaviours. But its aim is also to attract all allied professionals interested in these issues, including: Legal and economic professionals, politicians, public health professionals and those working in the prevention field, excessive gambling and addictions researchers, professionals concerned with operator social responsibility, etc.
The congress will include plenary sessions, parallel symposia and workshops, round table discussions, oral communications, posters, video material and stands. Communication will be in the four working languages: French, German, Italian, and English. Plenary conferences will be translated. The main presentations will benefit from simultaneous translation.
As for previous congresses, the symposium will be exclusively financed by public and academic funds.