On 5, 6 and 7 December 2016, the focus area Game Research will host the annual Games and Learning Alliance conference (GALA 2016). The conference aims to share the state of the art of research and market, analysing the most significant trends and discussing visions on the future of serious games. The conference also includes an exhibition, where developers can showcase their latest products. Keynote speaker Yasmin Kafai (University of Pennsylvania) will talk about the learning benefits of making games. Keynote speaker Jean-Marc Labat (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) will give a meta-design perspective on the usage of educational games by teachers.
The GALA conference brings together researchers, developers, practitioners, and stakeholders in the science and application of serious games. It is organized by the Serious Games Society, which aims to build a scientific community at international level for shaping future research in the field. This community represents a significant blend of industrial and academic professionals committed to the study, development and deployment of serious games as really useful and effective tools to support better teaching, learning, training and assessment.
The GALA Conference 2016 Proceedings will be published on Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). The best papers will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Serious Games.