ECGBL Biographies

Below are the ECGBL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Panagiotis Fotaris is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc Digital Games Development and BSc Computer Science for Games at the University of Brighton. He has previously held posts at the University of East London, University of West London, King’s College London, and Abertay University. Before entering academia, he spent a decade in the Creative Industries in a variety of roles including mashup artist, radio producer, DJ, graphic designer, web developer, and music journalist. When not playing adventure games, Panagiotis focuses his research on the pedagogical potential of escape rooms, games, and immersive technology in the context of computing and design education.

Key Note Speakers

Thorkild Hanghøj is a Professor of Games and Learning at the ResearchLab: IT, Learning and Design (ILD Lab), Aalborg University, Copenhagen, where he also co-coordinates The Center for Applied Game Research (CEAGAR). His work focuses on exploring links between games and dialogue, games and literacy, and how to learn through designing games. He currently manages the research project GBL21: Game-Based in the 21st Century (, which takes a dialogical perspective on how students develop design competencies when redesigning games within Danish (L1), mathematics, and science.

Dr Ian Stewart is Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead of the Management of Projects Research Group at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In teaching, he contextualises business and management Higher Education for projectised contexts, particularly construction and engineering. He has researched and used numerous experiential learning activities; live case studies, games and simulations. Through this, Ian won ‘Education Practitioner of the Year 2018’ from the British Academy of Management and a grant from them to support his research into the human and financial costs of experiential learning techniques for academics and students.


Mini Track Chairs

Workshop Facilitators 

Lars Elbæk is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and coordinator of the Sports Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. He has through the project “Play and Learning - Kids’n Tweens Lifestyle”, alike movement games and services projects and through his PhD knowledge and experience of interaction design and design research in sports, play, and exertion games.

Søren Lekbo and Rasmus Vestergaard Andersen are doctoral students in embodied creativity and are currently developing embodied methods and translating these into method cards for an embodied Design Thinking toolbox