Experts’ Focus Group “Serious Games and Gamification – Everything to Play for?”

Date and time:
14 January, 2021 from 11.00 to 13.00 (Riga time, GMT +2)

Context and focus:
An EU-funded study project is in process, the core of which includes mapping, to identify the degree of crosssectoral cooperation and innovation currently taking place between the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and other social and economic sectors. Various outcomes are planned including contributing to the Northern Dimension’s Partnership on Culture Strategic Plan and activities for 2021-2024.

The focus is on ’cross-innovation’ which in the context of this EU-funded project refers to a process by which CCIs share information, collaborate and work with other growth sectors to promote new thinking as well as innovative products, services and activities. ‘Cross innovation’ manifested in the digital, economic, environmental, social and educational dimensions is the priority.

This on-line Experts’ Focus Group is one of a series of such events being convened as part of the development of the project. These events bring together CCI and other experts from the eleven Northern Dimension countries to explore current activity and the potential of CCIs to work cross-sectorally.

Games and gamification is an impressive growth industry but the Serious Games (SG) sector has not developed as fast as some people had expected. What stage has been reached in terms of SG cross-innovation and interaction with other sectors and what are the likely future developments? In this Experts’ Focus Group this will be explored and discussed in relation to the following four areas:

1. Games/Gamification and the Cultural Heritage Sector;
2. Games/Gamification and the Education Sector;
3. Games/Gamification and the Health and Medical Sectors;
4. Incubating Games Start-ups and Projects and Fostering Talent.

The discussions and ideas that emerge from this Experts’ Focus Group Event will contribute to the creation of a Briefing Policy document, which will advance current debate and also help develop the NDPC’s new Strategy and future actions and activities.

Participants: Up to 40 invited gaming and CCI experts, practitioners and other stakeholders and specialists from the Northern Dimension countries.

Registrations: If you are interested to participate, please send an e-mail to Yulia Bardoun (

Programme and event information is available.

More information about the project can be found here.