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Discovery 2013: Call for Presenters Now Open

Nov 23, 2012

Newscan (Vol. 14, Issue 46)

The call for panelist presentations for Discovery 2013 has just been announced and submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2012.

This year’s themes, hammered out over a series of meetings here at RGC, are designed to meet the challenges of our sector as it evolves. Gambling—how, by whom, how often—doesn’t stand still, and neither do the various manifestations of problem gambling.

And, to make matters more complex, if prevention is the focus, it’s not possible to take a wait-and-see approach to problem gambling. Keeping prevention programs relevant means anticipating these changes and adapting to meet them—all while ensuring that our efforts are built on a solid foundation of knowledge and research. No easy task, to be sure.

That’s where Discovery comes in. By convening the sector at large, including treatment providers, regulators, venue operators and researchers from across the globe, this event offers us an intensive, wide-reaching exploration of the latest RG developments—from many points of view. Now in its 8th year, Discovery has proven to be one of the best opportunities of its kind. According to one attendee last year, “There are a lot of forums for information in the RG world […] but RGC's strength is staying on top of what's current.” This is echoed by the over 90% of conference evaluations that rated the content of the presentations as good or excellent.

Quality content is a major contributing factor to Discovery’s success year after year. And that’s where you come in. Help us make Discovery 2013 a breeding ground for new ideas and partnerships by submitting your presentation for one of our panels. Here are this year’s themes:

Dangerous Territory? The Blurring of Social Games and Gambling

Online social games have grown in popularity—and with gambling operators working with game developers, what will this mean to RG and prevention programs?

Connecting with the Connected: Influencing Gen C

Born sometime between the launch of the VCR and the commercialization of the internet, people aged 18-34—“Generation C” according to consumer research group Nielsen—requires special attention. Does this group present unique challenges to RG and prevention programs?

Supporting all Cultures through Community-based Programs

To what extent does RG and prevention need to be adapted or customized to meet specific ethno-cultural or geographic needs? What can the sector at large learn from community-based programs already in place?

Emerging International Perspectives on Responsible and Problem Gambling

Especially in a digital world where geographic boundaries are blurred, it’s never been more important to look at the wider perspective.

Beyond the Gambler: Impacts of Problem Gambling on Others

Problem gambling has wider impact than just the individual. This theme is intended to explore what is being done to support and serve the support network (family, friends, co-workers) of the gambler with a problem.

Treatment and Technology: The Effect on Therapist and Client

Has the therapy environment changed significantly thanks to technology and the internet? Could there be greater access to resources? How is the quality of care maintained in a digital context?

Can Prevention Keep Pace with the Changing Gaming Landscape?

Change seems to be the name of the game today. Gambling is no longer just a handful of familiar games like Bingo, Poker and lotteries. How can prevention programs keep pace?

Enforcing Self Exclusion: Tightening the Net

The fact is that people continue to “slip through” the self-exclusion net and continue gambling. How can gaming providers tighten the net?

The Diminished Capacity Factor - Problem Gambling and Challenges for Those with Cognitive Impairments

Does the sector need to address gambling by people with cognitive impairments differently? What are the commonalities and differences between impairment types?

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