Project Details


The MSP  (Marine Spatial Planning) Challenge Simulation Platform uses game technology and role-play to support communication and learning for Marine and Maritime Spatial Planning.

Since 2011, a role-playing game, a board game and a digital interactive simulation platform have been developed. The MSP Challenge Simulation Platform editions have been used in workshops, conferences, education, as well as for real life stakeholder engagement. The researchers give an overview of the development of the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform and reflect on the value of the approach as an engaging and ‘fun’ tool for building mutual understanding and communicating MSP. We apply MSP Challenge Simulation Platform in workshops and demos to help develop a global learning MSP community. 

NorthSEE, Baltic LINes, the Scottish Government, thanks to SIMCelt.

Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/19


  • Interreg North Sea region programme of the European Union
  • Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme of the European Union
  • European Union : European Regional Development Fund
  • Scottish Government


  • MSP
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • simulation
  • Serious Gaming

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  • Research Output

    Open Access
  • Combining ecosystem modeling with serious gaming in support of transboundary maritime spatial planning

    Steenbeek, J., Romagnoni, G., Bentley, JW., Serpetti, N., Heymans, JJ., Goncalves, M., Pereira Santos, C., Warmelink, H., Mayer, I., Keijser, X., Fairgrieve, R. & Abspoel, L., 2020, In : Ecology and Society. 25, 2, p. 1-24 24 p., 21.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    38 Downloads (Pure)
  • Activities

    • 23 Contribution at workshop, seminar, course
    • 9 Guest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)
    • 6 Organising an event
    • 1 Consultancy

    MSP Challenge simulation platform: praktische lessen na 4+ jaren onderzoek en ontwikkeling van spelsimulaties rondom mariene ruimtelijke ordening.

    Harald Warmelink (Keynote speaker)

    29 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)

    MSP Challenge: Exploring the complexity of marine/maritime spatial planning in a multi-player simulation (game).

    Harald Warmelink (Speaker)

    23 Apr 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)

    Planning for the Future with Games: The Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge Simulation Platform

    Igor Mayer (Speaker) & Harald Warmelink (Speaker)

    2 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventContribution at workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media