University of the West of Scotland


Games and Learning Alliance (Gala) - The European Network of Excellence in Serious Games

Principal Investigators: Professor Thomas M Connolly, Dr Liz Boyle and Dr Tom Hainey

Funding Body: FP7 - IST ICT, Technology Enhanced Learning

Value: €6.5million

Project Partners:

The consortium covers a wide range of topical knowledge on research and development in SGs and VWs. It is a highly multidisciplinary consortium of 30 partners, coming from 13 countries all over the EU: Italy, Germany, Austria, Finland, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, France, Romania and Ireland. It comprises representing both universities, research centers, SMEs and large Enterprises, thus representing a mix of the interests and skills involved in the SG development and deployment chain, allowing an effective synergy between research, education and business.

  • University of Genoa
  • Univerisite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III
  • "Carol I" National Defence University, Advanced Distributed Learning Department
  • Serious Games Interactive
  • ATOS Origin, S.A.E
  • Universitaet Graz
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Coventry University, The Serious Games Institute
  • PlayGen Ltd
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Investigacao e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa
  • Delft University of Technology
  • ORT France
  • National Research Council of Italy
  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • Tampereen Teknillinen Yliopisto
  • The University of Nottingham
  • Bremer Institut fur Produktion und Logistik
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies
  • Center for Industrial Production, AAU University
  • Cyntelix Corporation, BV
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • ESADE Business School Ramon Llull University
  • Graz University of Technology
  • Centre Europeen d'Education Permanente
  • NATO Undersea Research Centre
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule


The GaLA motivation stems from the acknowledgment of the potentiality of Serious Games (SGs) for education and training and the need to address the challenges of the main stakeholders of the SGs European landscape (users, researchers, developers/industry, educators). GALA aims to shape the scientific community and build a European Virtual Research Centre aimed at gathering, integrating, harmonizing and coordinating research on SGs and disseminating knowledge, best practices and tools as a reference point at an international level. The other key focuses of the project are: the support to deployment in the actual educational and training settings; the fostering of innovation and knowledge transfer through research-business dialogue; the development high-quality didactics on SG by promoting and supporting courses at Master and PhD level.

policy Needs
Research Needs Education Needs Industry/developers Needs
Knowledge society Tools and environments for remote cooperation Market and user needs awareness Competitive environment
Effective education
and corporate training
Multidisciplinary methodologies Observatory technologies and trends Cost-effective innovation and knowledge transfer
Proof of effectiveness Market and user
needs awareness
Student and
staff exchange
Business chain
Pedagogical practice User test facilities
and data
Books and magazines Observatory technologies and trends
Rapid competence development Tools for dissemination Shared curricula Trained, flexible work-force
Competitive market environment Knoweldge transfer Promotion and branding Promotion and branding

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