ECGBL Biographies

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

Conference and Programme Chairs

Conceição Costa is an Associate Professor at Lusófona University and Principal Researcher at the Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies (CICANT) in Lisbon, Portugal. She is a PhD in Communication Sciences - Media Studies from FCSH-NOVA University. She has been conducting research and publishing on game-based learning approaches in school context as well children game creation and its impact in multiple literacies. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of GBL4deaf - Game-based learning for deaf students, funded by FCT and LISBOA2020 (2019-2022) and ASDdigital - Distance learning training for secondary education teachers: using visual thinking as a method to teach digital skills to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), funded by ERASMUS+ (2021-2023).

Filipe Costa Luz is a PhD in Communication Sciences - Media Arts Studies (FCSH-NOVA University), coordinates Videogames MSc, Ba and is vice-chair of Communication Design Ba at Lusófona University. He lectures digital post-production for film, television, games and animation, developing research activities in projects of communication science, Design and media arts, with the special focus on Culture and Creativity Industries, and Cultural Heritage.  His work integrating media technologies at Hei-Lab ( and MovLab ( it’s demonstrative of the relevant experience in cross-media projects that evolve him in academic or professional work for the entertainment, design or communication area.

Nuno Fachada is an Assistant Professor at Lusófona University and a researcher at the Cognitive and People-centric Computing Laboratories (COPELABS). He is currently teaching Programming and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Videogames BA, and Research Software at the Doctorate in Computing - New Media and Pervasive Systems. Nuno's main research interests lie in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Modeling and Simulation, and Computer Science Education. He completed his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico / Lisbon (IST) in 2005, and went on to pursue a master degree in the same institute. During this period (2006-2008), Nuno was a teaching assistant at IST, lecturing subjects such as Programming, Digital Systems and Computer Architectures. He successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2016 (IST), and after a year as a postdoc, moved to his current position at Lusófona University/COPELABS.

Key Note Speakers

Dr Panagiotis Fotaris is Principal Lecturer and Course Leader for Digital Games Development at the University of Brighton, UK. He is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously held positions at King’s College London, University of East London, University of West London, Abertay University, and University of Macedonia. A game-based learning evangelist with a diverse background that combines computing with applied arts, games, and music, Panagiotis focuses his research on the pedagogic potential of escape rooms and immersive technology in the context of computing and design education. His current research projects include designing educational escape rooms for cybersecurity awareness training and information literacy.

Mini Track Chairs

Workshop Facilitators