Our general meetings take place every other Wednesday, and we welcome interested gamers, games designers, developers, and academics to join us. Space is limited so please do contact us before travelling (send an email to Paul Wake & Sam Illingworth). These sessions also present the opportunity to playtest games in development; if you are developing a game and would like it to be playtested by a group of experienced academic gamers then please do let us know.


Date: 17th October 2017

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: John Dalton Building, E007

In this meeting we’ll be meeting up with students from Manchester Met’s gaming society VAGUE to play some horror themed games in preparation for our events in International Games Week.


Date: 28th October 2017

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Location: The Shed/Digital Innovation. Manchester.

This interdisciplinary, one-day Symposium brings together academics, PG students and practitioners to examine the transformation of Japan in the Digital Age, and the transformation of the Digital Age through Japanese culture, practice, politics, technologies, industries and beyond. Keynote speakers: Ian Condry, Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, Global Studies and Languages, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and Gen-i Kazuhito (源井 和仁), award-winning media practitioner and Managing Director of Because Co. Ltd, Japan. For more information, please get in touch with Dr. Esperanza Miyake.


Date: 31st October 2017

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Location: Chat Zone, All Saints Library

As part of International Games Week, we’re running a day of horror-themed gaming in the Chat Zone of All Saints Library. Come and join us, we’ll be playing Mysterium, Dead of Winter, Pandemic: Cthulhu Reign, and many more spooky games for Halloween.

The Face of Gaming

Date: 15th November 2017

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: Brooks Building, Room TBA

For this research network meeting Jenny Cole and Oli Clark will be talking about research taking place in Psychology on digital avatars. Oli will be demonstrating how he is investigating the importance of avatars in health behaviour change and about his PhD research findings so far. Jenny will be talking about her qualitative work talking to female gamers about their experiences and constructions of avatar appearance in terms of body image and gender.


Date: 13th December 2017

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: John Dalton Building, E005

Get paid for your time! Volunteer for Interface, The Fischer Institute’s new research project

Interface is our exciting new psychological research programme, which focuses on investigating aspects of group psychology, participation and inter-personal interaction. Building on years of research in this area, the Fischer Institute believes that further study of human social interaction in a variety of group participation situations will lead to important discoveries about the psychology of social structures and institutions.

Come along to this session to find out more and sign up.

Details about our past meetings and events can be found here.