Summer School: Applied Games – A Multidisciplinary Research Perspective

Utrecht University
19-23 August 2019

Complete syllabus now online; applications still open until 1 August, 2019

This summer course provides an overview of contemporary research perspectives on Applied Games, i.e. the use of games and play for purposes other than primarily entertainment. It addresses the challenges but also the transformative potential of Applied Games, particularly in the areas of education, health and social change, and provides participants with a holistic perspective, including aspects of analysis, critical design and validation, that is necessary to employ Applied Games meaningfully and productively within the contemporary socio-cultural context.

The program comprises workshops by senior researchers from the Center for Game Research (Utrecht University/UU), the Departments for “Media and Culture Studies” and “Information and Computing Sciences” (UU), the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (UU), the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics and the Professorship for Interactive Digital Narrative (University of the Arts Utrecht/HKU).

Each day is dedicated to a different angle, starting with applied game analysis, moving on to games for learning, games in environmental communication and policy-making (Eco games), narrative aspects of Applied Games, and finally games and play experiences that involve the whole body. Apart from the interactive workshops, joint social activities with the UDS summer school ‘Exploring Culture Through Data’ and a tour of the Mo-Cap Lab at Utrecht University round off the program.

The course is aimed at students (from ambitious BA and MA/MSc students to PhD candidates) as well as members of private and public sector institutions (companies, NGOs etc.) that are already utilizing Applied Games or aim to better understand how and when to use them.

For more information (including the complete syllabus with detailed module descriptions) and to apply online, go to

Dr. Stefan Werning |

1,5 ECTS credits + certificate of attendance

€ 300 (Course fee + course materials), Housing: € 200.00 (through Utrecht Summer School)