Submit a Session

Our ethos is to break the traditional conference mould, and offer a range of different types of talks and activities, from new research and theoretical explorations through to playtests and creative workshops. In turn, this means we are open to everyone who has something to say, present, create or think about – regardless of background or experience.

We are looking for submissions in all areas relating to the use of play or playfulness in relation to adult learning, including – but not limited to – higher and further education, playful workplaces, and lifelong learning.

🎉 New for this year, we are pleased to offer an online opportunity to talk through your ideas and support you in planning your session before you submit. This will be held on Dec 14th 10:30-11:30am (UK time). It will be recorded and shared on this website. To keep updated on this, please sign up for our newsletter.

We are a conference that aims to be inclusive. If your session is accepted, we will support you to build in any flexibility that might make your session more inclusive. Your session must focus on audience participation and interactivity. See the programme from 2023 for examples of accepted sessions.

Note that presenters will need to register to attend the conference in person, so please only submit a session if at least one presenter will be able to attend. 

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We’ll use the email address you enter below to contact you about your submission.
Add the names of all authors, in the order you wish them to appear on the programme. At least one presenter must register by 31st March, and attend the conference 3-5th July. All presenters who wish to attend the conference will be required to pay the conference fee.


Your submission will be judged against the following criteria: 1. Relevance to conference 2. Originality of contribution 3. Contribution to research or practice 4. Clarity and coherence 5. Playfulness of session design
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Explain what people will do and will get from your session, eg. creating, learning, experiencing or taking away with them. This description will be shared with delegates and you will have the opportunity to edit it before the programme is published.
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This section will not be shown to delegates but allows you to tell the review panel anything else about your session (including any spoilers!).
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The following sections are not editable. If you have any concerns about the day/time or location of your session, please contact the conference committee.
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The call for sessions closes at midnight on Monday 5th February. Once submission has closed there will be a double blind peer review process by individuals from across the sector who are engaged in playful learning.

Even if your submission meets the criteria, it does not guarantee acceptance. We receive many high quality submissions and not all can be accommodated within the programme. The acceptance rate for the conference varies but is typically 60-75%. You will be informed of the decision in mid-March 2024 and will need to register by mid-April.