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Pedal Play Conference 2022 - Culture, learning, health

PEDAL Play 2022 Conference 8th September 2022

Thursday 8 September 2022 | 9.00 to 18.00 (GMT)
Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

A one-day conference from the PEDAL (Play in Education, Development and Learning) Research Centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. This conference will explore the links between play, health and culture. It will include keynote speeches and smalller specialist sessions focussing on play in health, learning and culture.

The programme will cover:

  • the use of play in healthcare settings 
  • the links between play learning for children and young people
  • culture and play

This year’s conference reflects our increasing research focus on the role of play in health and healthcare settings. We are a part of a new collaborative project focusing on play in hospitals in Copenhagen and Cambridge, funded by LEGO Foundation. Through the conference we hope to bring together an international community of researchers, clinicians and practitioners working with children and young people.

Keynote Speakers

Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Leiden University

Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg is affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Section Clinical Child and Family Studies, and with Leiden University. Her research focuses on attachment and emotion regulation in parents and their children, with special emphasis on neurobiological processes in parenting and development.

Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg personal profile

Ben Mardell - Harvard University

Ben Mardell is the Project Director of the Pedagogy of Play, working jointly with the LEGO Foundation and the International School of Billund. He has been associated with Project Zero since 1999. His research explores how play can have a central part in children’s learning in school.

Ben Mardel personal profile


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About the PEDAL Centre

Our mission is to conduct academic research into the role of play in young children’s lives and to inform wider practice and policy.  PEDAL is located in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, and was launched in October 2015 with funding from the LEGO Foundation.

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