Maja Pivec, Ph.D, is professor of Applied Game Design and Learning with Multimedia at the FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria.  She teaches also Project Management and Entrepreneurship, Applied IT for Project Management and Presentation Techniques and is visiting professor at UPV in Spain.

Her research interests are in the field of affective and emotional aspects of human-computer interaction, with emphasis on game design, game-based learning and innovative learning approaches, and different aspects of e-learning.

Maja is host of the 11th European Conference on Game-Based learning in 2017. She is key-note speaker, program committee member or reviewer and speaker at several international conferences. She is author and co-author of several book publications on GBL. She is co-ordinator, scientific leader or partner in several EU or national founded projects, and acts as reviewer and evaluator for different European and international research programs.