UK's first virtual worlds conference to be held in London

3rd July 2008

<p>The first conference dedicated to the public policy implications of virtual worlds in the UK is set to take place in London later this month, bringing together dozens of top academics and industry chiefs.</p><p>Named "Virtual Policy‘08: A conference on innovation and governance in virtual worlds", the two-day event will take place at the conference centre of the government's Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) in the heart of the capital.</p><p>Among the issues set to be addressed by delegates include the diversity and use of virtual spaces, such as Second Life, World of Warcraft and Club Penguin, and how these can help facilitate education and marketing initiatives.</p><p>Dr Matthew Williams from Cardiff University, Crime and Justice Research Group, who is scheduled to talk at the conference, explained: "This is the ideal time for a mature debate about the relationship between public policy and virtual worlds. virtual worlds are not new, having been invented in the UK almost 30 years ago, but today’s scale of use is unprecedented</p><p>"This unique event will focus on the whole range of policy implications of this fascinating and rich global cultural phenomenon."</p><p>The event, which has been organised by the Virtual Policy Network in partnership with the BERR will take place on the 23rd and 24th July.<img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18669053-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>