The Bristol Hub for Gambling Harms Research is thrilled to announce its first-ever International Interdisciplinary Colloquium, featuring prominent speakers including Peter Shilton, the renowned former England goalkeeper.

Taking place at the M Shed in Bristol on 12 October, this event will bring together 150 experts from around the world, covering various fields such as health, regulations, marketing, and policies.

Peter Shilton, who grappled with gambling addiction for 45 years, will be in attendance alongside his wife Steph, a qualified therapist. Shilton expressed his excitement for the event, stating, “We are honored to attend and speak at this event. Steph and I are proud patrons of the grassroots football study and fully support the University of Bristol’s vital research on gambling harms.”

In addition to Peter Shilton, the event will also be joined by The Lord Foster of Bath and Rob Davies, the journalist renowned for exposing unethical practices in the British gambling industry.

Agnes Nairn, Co-Director of the Bristol Hub for Gambling Harms Research and University of Bristol Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, emphasized the significance of interdisciplinary research in addressing the global issue of gambling harms. She stated, “Gambling harms are a worldwide phenomenon, but the approach to regulation and support can differ greatly across countries. We are delighted to bring together experts from 13 nations to discuss how interdisciplinary research can help combat this growing problem.”

The University of Bristol recently conducted a study revealing that during the opening weekend of the Premier League, only 21% of the 11,000 gambling messages sent to fans included harm reduction slogans. Raffaello Rossi, a Marketing Lecturer at the University, criticized the self-regulation of the gambling industry, citing other countries like Italy, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, and Belgium that have introduced strict restrictions and even bans on gambling marketing. Rossi expressed shock that the need for stricter gambling marketing curbs was disregarded in the White Paper, despite strong public support for such measures.

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