Current LUDI Training School


The LUDI Training School is open for applicants with different degrees (BSc, MSc., PhD, post-doc) and from different professional backgroouds. The purpose of the School is to bring together Trainees from different research fields such as: psychology, social sciences, sociology, occupational therapy, design, engineering, computer science, communication designers, etc.

Check here the ranking of the people who submitted their applications to the School.
The first 18 persons have been selected to participate in the School.
The waiting list starts from position 19.

Criteria to select the applications 

The following criteria will be used to process the applications and draw up the Trainees’ ranking list; the criteria are related to the COST rules and to the objectives of the Training School:

  1. assuring the gender balance required by COST;
  2. selecting at least one participant per country, to preserve the country balance required by COST;
  3. being a LUDI member is not required, but it gives priority;
  4. equal proportion (size of) between humanistic (education/health) and technological (engineering/design) fields, to assure the needed balance between the scientific areas, for the didactic purposes of the Training School;
  5. previous experiences in the field of “play for children with disabilities”;
  6. Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) have priority;
  7. younger age;
  8. persons who did not attend the first LUDI Training School have priority;
  9. persons belonging to full-COST Countries have priority; you can check here if your country is on the list.

 Call for application

To submit your application to the 2nd LUDI Training School:

  1. fill this form
  2. save it as “Application Form_Surname_Name”
  3. send it to by November the 30th, 2017.

A received notification e-mail will be sent within 48 hours after your application.

The applicants will receive an e-mail to finalize the registration to the Training School from December the 7th, 2017.

No tuition fee is requested. The Trainees coming from full COST countries (check here if  your country is on the list) will receive a sum lump grant of 500€ to attend the school.


November 30th, 2017 – Deadline for applications for European participants
December 7th, 2017 – Notification of the acceptance for European applicants

December 7th, 2017 – Deadline for applications for local participants
December 11th, 2017 – Notification of the acceptance for local applicants


The School will be organised into lectures and practical activities and the Trainees will be divided into multisciplinary teams. The Trainees will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience about the main topics by engaging with the voices of children with disabilities, parents, educators and therapists and other significant stakeholders who will be invited to be part of the event.

Expected outputs

The Training School would like to allow the Trainees to achieve the following competences/objectives:

  • understanding and elaborating on concepts like play, inclusive play, play for the sake of play, play-like activities, playfulness, playability, toy, the cultural influence on play;
  • understanding and elaborating on the daily challenges for children with different types of impairment, aged 0-18 years, regarding play, play opportunities, playfulness, toys and the environmental influence;
  • identifying the ableist norms and values (e.g. expectation about human capacities (or abilities) and modalities of functioning, ‘expected traits’ of players etc.) embedded within ‘mainstream’ products, environments and also types of play and games, and try to challenge and overcome them during the experimental activities.
  • besides the new knowledge, participants will get the opportunity to apply this in working in subgroups together with children and their challenges regarding playing with toys.

Scientific Committee

Serenella Besio, Università degli Studi di Bergamo (I)
Daniela Bulgarelli, Università della Valle d’Aosta (I)
Iolanda Iacono, Glitch Factory S.r. l. (Spin-off of the University of Siena, I)
Rianne Jansens, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (NL)
Odile Perino, Centre National de Formation aux Métiers du Jeu et du Jouet (F)

Organizing Committee

Serenella Besio, Università degli Studi di Bergamo (I)
Nicole Bianquin, Università della Valle d’Aosta (I)
Daniela Bulgarelli, Università della Valle d’Aosta (I)
Pedro Encarnação, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (P)