Public Lecture | Norway – A Special Example of Responsible Gambling

11th November 2021, 18:00-19:30
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Date: Wednesday 10th November 2021
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Conference Hall, Europa Point Campus

Join us on campus for this free public lecture about Norway’s unique way of trying to protect its citizens from gambling harm. 

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Norway experienced a significant increase in the number of electronic gambling machines and thus in the prevalence of gambling problems. To address this emerging problem, Norway chose a unique solution by introducing a gambling monopoly, allowing only two companies to offer gambling. Later these two companies initiated registered gambling, enabling all bets and player history to be recorded and enforced responsible gambling tools, such as mandatory loss limits.

Foreign gambling operators still offer online gambling, but often with no mandatory responsible gambling tools. In order to enforce the gambling monopoly, Norway has decided to ban foreign gambling advertisements and stop all financial transactions involving foreign gambling companies. The government is also contemplating blocking access to all foreign online gambling sites from Norwegian IP-addresses. This lecture will be about Norway’s unique way of trying to protect its citizens from gambling harm. The lecturer will present its background and discuss its potential advantages and disadvantages.

This event is brought to you by the University of Gibraltar’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming. The Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming (CERG) is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research institute that aims to study the etiological factors of addictive disorders and contribute to their effective prevention and treatment.

About the speaker

Ståle Pallesen is a professor in psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway. He received his degree from the School of Psychology at UiB in 1997 and worked at the same institution as a research fellow until 2001. He defended his thesis in 2002 on the treatment of insomnia. In the same year he was promoted to associate professor in psychology at the University of Bergen and became a full professor in 2008. Professor Pallesen has been pursuing a research interest related to gambling and gaming since 2003 and has received several grants on these topics from the Norwegian Research Council. He has supervised 8 PhD-candidates on thesis about gambling and gaming. He was the principal investigator of the three most recent national surveys about gambling and gaming problems in Norway. He is serving as the Head of the Norwegian Competence Center for Gambling and Gaming Research, funded by the Norwegian Gaming Authority, the Norwegian Health Directorate and the Norwegian Media Authority. In terms of research on gambling Pallesen’s work covers studies such as surveys, experiments, treatments studies, register-based studies, player account studies as well as meta-analyses.

Prof Ståle Pallesen, PhD Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway

Important COVID-19 information 

In order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the University of Gibraltar follows the guidance of Public Health Gibraltar for all events. As a result, ticket holders for this event need to be either fully vaccinated with two doses or have had a negative COVID test within the previous 24 hours in order to attend the event. Read full advice here.

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