The conference is organized by the IFIP 8.5 WG in ICT & Public Administration

IFIP 8.5 Conference 2024: 1-5 September
at Ghent University and KU Leuven


The EGOV2024 conference is a scientific conference that is dedicated to the broader areas of e-Government and e-Democracy, which include facets like Digital Government, e-Participation, Open Government,  Smart Government, AI government, GovTech, Algoritmic Governance, and related topics to digitalization and government.

The IFIP EGOV 2024 conference will be hosted in Belgium, in the heart of Europe, by Ghent University and KU Leuven. They are both top 100 universities, and two of the major universities in Belgium with over 50.000 students and 15.000 employees. Ghent University was founded in 1817 and KU Leuven in 1425. In addition to all that history, the universities also bring a lot of innovation to their vibrant student’s towns. As part of the conference, the University of Ghent hosts the PHD colloquium and Junior Faculty School in Ghent on 1-2 September. The PhD Colloquium is a full day event on 1 September, open only for those who are admitted and offers a limited number of PhD bursaries. The Junior Faculty School is a full day event on 2 September, for sharing experiences to advance the career of young researchers interested in digitalization and government. The conference sessions will be hosted 3-5 September in Leuven by the KU Leuven.


About Ghent University and the City of Ghent
Ghent University’s credo is ‘Dare to Think’, challenging everyone to question conventional views and to dare to take a nuanced view. It is a pluralistic university open to all, regardless of their ideological, political, cultural or social background.

A pocket-sized city with the buzz, bustle and bravado of a metropolis? Welcome to Ghent, Belgium’s third largest city and Flanders’ biggest university city. Where you walk in the footsteps of a 1000-year-old heritage. Get enchanted by medieval towers, ancient buildings and romantic canals. And fall for the local culture in funky hang-outs, a wide range of museums, theatres and historical venues.

Behind all that history is a place that is strongly focused on the future. In Ghent, we deal with things in our own unique way. We eat, talk, party, care, play and develop as only we can: together. Ghentians are generous and openminded. Soft-hearted rebels, groundbreakers and inventors.


About KU Leuven and the City of Leuven

KU Leuven’s credo is sedes sapientiae (seat of wisdom in English). For several years, Thomson Reuters ranked KU Leuven as Europe’s most innovative university.

In the heart of Belgium and all its own: that’s Leuven. The century-old university town with its historic buildings radiates the 21st century, Leuven has a young dynamic and is bursting with initiatives. This can-do city is a breeding ground for innovation: spin-offs from the internationally leading university, unexpected collaborations and projects where science, art, culture and society come together.


In the pedestrian streets and on the spacious squares, the students determine the rhythm and atmosphere, the shops, cafés and restaurants provide conviviality and gastronomy, the beer fizzes and the ideas bubble up. Leuven is a city on a human scale, surrounded by green hills that let the city breathe. With its rich and varied cultural offering, Leuven is worth a visit all year round.