The Tampere Game Research Lab has hosted an international spring seminar for work-in-progress papers annually since 2005. The seminar has offered a unique place for informed discussion and to receive worthwhile and relevant criticism. Each seminar has had a theme and two or more expert commentators. Professor Frans Mäyrä has chaired the seminars.
2013: Physical and Digital in Games and Play (Commentators: Annika Waern from Uppsala University and Katriina Heljakka from Aalto University)
2012: Role-Playing in Games (Commentators: Torill Mortensen from ITU Copenhagen and J. Tuomas Harviainen from University of Tampere)
2011: Games and Innovation (Commentators: F. Ted Tschang from Singapore Management University, Jason Della Rocca from Perimeter Partners, Montreal and Mirva Peltoniemi from Aalto University.) You can check out the proceedings here.
2010: Games Research Methods (Commentators: Mikael Jakobsson from Malmö University and Jussi Holopainen from Nokia Research Center.) The best papers from this seminar are soon to be published as a special symposium issue in Simulation & Gaming.
2009: Playful Experiences (Commentators: Aki Järvinen from ITU Copenhagen and Oskar Juhlin from The Interactive Institute)
2008: Breaking the Magic Circle (Commentators: Markus Montola from University of Tampere and Simon Niedenthal from Malmö University)
2007: Gamers in Society (Commentators: T.L. Taylor from ITU Copenhagen and Daniel Pargman from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
2005: Creative Gamers (Commentators: Henry Jenkins from MIT and Mikko Lehtonen from University of Tampere)