Keynote Speakers

Prof. Nicola Whitton, Manchester Metropolitan University

Prof Nicola Whitton is Professor of Professional Learning at the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on play in adulthood, in particular, digital games and learning in the context of Higher Education, and the potential of play in teaching, research, and academic practice. She is chair of the Association for Learning Technology Special Interest Group on Playful Learning, and co-chair of the Playful Learning conference.


Prof. Pamela Kato

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Pamela M. Kato, Ed.M., Ph.D. joined Coventry University in the UK as Professor of Serious Games to provide strategic leadership to the Serious Games Institute to increase their research impact and create ground-breaking technologies. Prof Kato is an internationally recognised expert on serious games for health. She received her Masters degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

As the founding President and CEO at HopeLab in Silicon Valley, she led the efforts to develop and conduct research on Re-Mission, a ground-breaking serious game shown to improve adherence to cancer treatment among young people with cancer in the most scientifically rigorously designed randomised trial on a video game to date. She was a guest professor at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg in 2012 and adjunct faculty at University College Utrecht. She also held a position as  Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford Hospital in Pediatrics from 2001 to 2008 and was a Visiting Scholar at MIT in their Comparative Media Studies from 2002 to 2003.