Dipl.-Vw. Andrea Kaufmann Mayor of the City of Dornbirn, Austria

Dear participants,

I warmly welcome ISAGA’s decision to hold the 2014 annual conference for the first time in Austria in the City of Dornbirn.
As mayor of the City of Dornbirn and former member of the government of the State of Vorarlberg and chair of the board of directors of the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg (FHV), I would like to point out how important it is for us to have international conferences like this at our university.

I would like to welcome you all to the 45 th ISAGA conference, which provides a forum for scientists, trainers, educators and consultants from around the world. The theme of this year ́s conference is “The shift from teaching to learning: individual, collective and organizational learning through gaming & simulation” and addresses the well-known, yet ongoing challenge of creating a sustainable living and working environment. The implementation of gaming simulation methods in education, training and lifelong learning processes, provides a valuable contribution to the fields of further education, university studies, human resources and organizational development.

Your interdisciplinary approach and the theme of your conference are representative of the innovative culture of a vast variety of multi-disciplinary co-operations and knowledge-based businesses in our city. It also fits well with the vision and strategy of the FHV University that is striving for excellence in didactics and is continuously improving the quality of learning by providing powerful student-centered learning environments.

The City of Dornbirn is delighted and proud to be your host this year. I hope you will benefit from the meeting and gain new tips and insights for your own studies. And we hope, of course, that this short stay will leave you with a positive impression of Vorarlberg and the City of Dornbirn as well.

I wish all participants a successful event. Enjoy the conference and also our beautiful city.

Dipl.-Vw. Andrea Kaufmann

Mayor of the City of Dornbirn, Austria