18th European Conference on Games Based Learning
3-4 October 2024, Denmark
2 October 2024 - Pre-Conference Events

Aarhus University, Denmark

Welcome to ECGBL 2024

The European Conference on Games Based Learning was established 17 years ago. It has been held in Austria, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Norway and France to mention only some of the countries that have hosted it. ECGBL is generally attended by participants from more than 40 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners, game designers and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of games-based learning and serious games. Among other journals, the Electronic Journal of e-Learning publishes a special edition of the best papers presented at this conference.  

The conference is also host to The 12th International Educational Games CompetitionFor the first time this year, we will be hosting a Playday on Wednesday 2ndOctober.

ECGBL 2024 is being held at Aarhus University, Denmark

Personal Message from the Conference Co Chairs

The world of education is a dynamic space to be in and game based learning has changed/transformed this learning space considerably over the past few years. Whether they be digital games or physical games or hybrid games or just game elements that you as an educator/researcher/practitioner bring to the education space, you know you are doing it for a specific purpose – enhance and improve the learning experience and knowledge of the target audience. We are extremely excited to welcome this growing community to Aarhus University and the city of Smiles – Aarhus. The Faculty of Natural Sciences with its strong tradition in Deep Knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration is excited to host the 18th edition of this novel conference series on Game based learning. Aarhus is a top 100 University in the world and one of the largest in the region and we will be excited to showcase not only our university but our city and region that we hope will leave you with many great memories. Welcome to Aarhus.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadlineSTILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Notification of abstract acceptance27 March 2024
Full paper due for review02 May 2024
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)11 July 2024
Call for Games Closes06 May 2024
Notification of Game acceptance20 May 2024
Earlybird registration closes25 July 2024
Final paper due (with any changes)08 August 2024
Final Author payment date29 August 2024
We are planning to run our series of conferences as physical events with the option for participants to join virtually. We urge you to continue to submit your abstracts and papers in line with the published dates (extensions will be granted on request). For more details contact

Conference Publications


Papers accepted for the ECGBL after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings have an ISSN (2049-0992) and will be assigned an ISBN on publication.  Proceedings are accessible here:

Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development and possible publication in the journals listed below. Authors are invited to submit their work to these journals mentioning that they attended the conference. Authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

 The Editors of the Electronic Journal of e-Learning will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

Conference Accreditations



Proceedings of the European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL) are:

      • submitted for consideration by the Web of Science (WoS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index
      • indexed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK
      • listed in the EBSCO database
      • listed in the Elsevier SCOPUS abstract and citation database
      • listed on Google Book Search
      • listed on Google Schoolar
      • Ranked by the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

The Conference Proceedings are submitted for accreditation on publication. Please note that depending on the accreditation body this process can take up to several months.