CfP: Games for Health Europe 2013 Amsterdam, The Netherlands, deadline May 24th

Call for Papers for the peer-reviewed track of the third European Conference on Games for Health Europe, 28-29 October 2013 Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline: May 24th, 2013.

Founded in 2004, the Games for Health Project supports community, knowledge and business development efforts to use cutting-edge games and game technologies to improve health and health care.

The Games for Health Conference brings together researchers, medical professionals and game developers to share information about the impact of games, playful interaction and game technologies on health, health care and health policy. Over three days, more than 400 attendees will participate in over 60 sessions provided by an international array of 80+ speakers, cutting across a wide range of activities in health and health care. Topics include exergaming, physical therapy, disease management, health behavior change, biofeedback, scientific validation, rehab, epidemiology, training, cognitive health, nutrition and education.

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More info after the jump

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners working within the field of Game & Play Design, Design Research, Game Development and the Medical Community to explore and innovate within the area of Health. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It will introduce a wider audience to key findings and products from research and will illustrate how practice feeds back into and informs research. The conference will create a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities and particularly welcomes user led presentations and workshops. The programme will include presentations of papers, workshops, a doctoral consortium and an exhibition space for demonstrations and posters.

Themes and topics:
The conference encourages papers from multi disciplines, especially from game & play as well as from health practitioners and researchers. This call for papers is intended to solicit contributions from an international audience on recent developments and experiments that:
• Present innovative and state-of-the-art design and applications that use playful concepts in health care settings,
• Describe game-based and playful solutions to behavior change and pervasive healthcare problems,
• Share experiences, insights, best-practices and lessons-learned,
• Report the results of technical and social evaluations with regards to playful interaction and serious game design related to health care,
• Report scientific insights on development and efficacy of gameplay in professional an patient education,
• Report results of longitudinal studies,
• Discuss and highlight the key challenges and future developments within the domain.

Selected (peer reviewed) papers will be published by Springer Publishers.

Submission Deadline: May 24th, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: June 21th, 2013
Final Submission: July 15th, 2013

Please find more information on http://www.gamesforhealtheurope.org/academic-track or mail: Alex Gekker (a.gekker@uu.nl)

The editors:

Prof. Dr. B.A.M. Schouten BA (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Dr. Marlies Schijven, MD MHSc (Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam)
Dr. Ir. M.M. Bekker (Eindhoven University of Technology)

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