The call for papers 2018 is now closed.

Our ethos is to break the traditional conference mould, and programme a range of different types of talks and activities, from research paper discussions to live gaming roleplay events.

We are looking for submissions in all areas relating to playful learning in adult education including – but not limited to – higher and further education, playful workplaces, and lifelong learning.

Proposers for any session will be invited to publish their work in a peer reviewed publication after the conference: you can indicate an interest in the submission form below.

For all categories, we need an abstract of up to 500 words (this is a maximum, not a condition, fewer words are good too). You can include citations, or not, as you feel appropriate (but do include them in the word count). Please also tell us how you plan to present your work (keeping actual ‘presentation’ to a minimum, and interaction to a maximum, please).

Abstracts will be published online.

Research paper/Case Study

30 minutes. Exploration of research or analysis of playful learning in practice: the session should keep presentation to a minimum and focus on facilitated discussion or debate around key concepts/questions/results of the research.


30, 60 or 90 minute interactive session. Present project outputs, work in progress, learning activities, creative tasks, etc. Attendees should come out of the session having created and/or experienced something of use for their own contexts.

Game/playful activity session/playtest

60 or 90 minutes. Introduce your own game or playful learning activity by playing it with attendees, and discussing its effectiveness as you play. Can use indoor or outdoor space. This might also be an opportunity to test a prototype for a game or playful activity that you’d like some feedback on.


Don’t be restricted by categories! If you have a great idea that doesn’t fit any of the above, please submit it here.


Submissions for 2018 are now closed: thank you to everyone who has proposed a session – we will be in touch with you around the 30th March to let you know the results of our peer selection process.


Deadline for submissions: 12 February 2018

Notification of acceptance to authors: around 30 March 2018

Publication of conference timetable: Spring 2018

Booking deadline for presenters: Spring 2018