ECGBL Practical Information

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, ECGBL Practical Information helpful.

Conference Location

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede The Netherlands

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University Location

At the University of Twente, we are pioneers in fusing technology, science and engineering with social sciences to impact the world around us. Our driving force as students, scientists and educators is a deep sense of connection with people who share a curious, entrepreneurial spirit.

Technology has a leading role to play in providing solutions for complex societal challenges worldwide - and only people can enable it to shine in that role. In our passion for understanding our planet and improving life for everyone on it, we celebrate the bonds between mankind and technology, knowing that neither could exist, let alone flourish, without the other.

All of our research and education is aimed at making a difference in today’s society, while setting up the next generation for the future. In this pursuit, the entrepreneurial mind-set and global awareness of our many talented scientists, educators and students lead us to move beyond differences, disciplines, borders. The cross-disciplinary way of working that characterizes our university opens up unexpected possibilities - especially in combination with creativity and excellence in scientific disciplines. Our distinctive educational model, engineering approach and open culture generate new ideas, new energy, new ways forward.

More information:

UT campus map

Local Information

Enschede, or Eanske as the locals say, is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands near the German border. It’s a lively university city, giving it a youthful energy, and home to a diverse mix of cultures and lifestyles.

The city centre is filled with charming shops and restaurants, and leafy parks and squares. There’s plenty to explore, from the old city centre to the modern architecture, and visitors can explore the history of the city at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. The area around Enschede is beautiful, with woodlands and heathlands, and the nearby towns of Delden and Glanerbrug are well worth a visit.

Enschede is an ideal destination for a short break. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, an active adventure, or a cultural experience. With plenty of accommodation options, you’ll find something to suit your needs. For the best of both worlds, take advantage of the city’s proximity to the German border and explore both countries.


Getting to ECGBL

The closest airports to Enschede are: 

Schiphol (Amsterdam)  

Münster (Germany) 

Schiphol Airport (AMS) is 171 kms away for the university. You can get there by indirect train and bus from Schiphol Airport (AMS) which takes 2 hours 30 minutes and costs appox €29 one way. 

 Munster Airport is 92.7 km from the university by car. You can get there by indirect train and bus from Munster Airport which takes 4 hours and costs appox € 34.00 one way. (Please note this route involves crossing a border so there may be additional documentation or visas required) 

 From airport to venue 

Public transport route planner 


Taxi Van Huisman voor privé taxi en busritten

Accommodation Information

Suggested local hotels can be seen in the table below. The main conference hotel will be highlighted in green.

This is usually the most convenient to the conference venue and is usually where pre-conference drinks are held.


Key Locations

Key locations for the 17th European Conference on Games Based Learning - ECGBL 2023 in Enschede, Netherlands are shown on this map

Virtual Presentations

There is an option to present your work virtually. Virtual presentations will take place on Zoom, details of the virtual room links will be sent close to the conference date. There will be a check-in session to test your zoom connection prior to the conference. Virtual Participants will have access to the keynotes and all of the virtual presentations.