VENUE The Mirador, CCCB Barcelona, Spain


The metaverse concept is that of a large-scale social environment based on the convergence of virtual and physical reality. Participants can take part in the metaverse through virtual, augmented or mixed reality. They can carry out everyday activities together, ranging from entertainment through to education, business, politics, health or even legal proceedings. At this time the metaverse is more of an idea than a reality, but a number of nascent systems exist, and all the technological components, including solutions involving AI, are available to bring this idea into existence.

The metaverse may have a profound impact on the way we live, bringing  new beneficial ways of carrying out educational, social and economic activities, but may also introduce problems in the ethical, legal, business, psychological, political and social sphere. There will be opportunities and problems that at the moment we cannot envisage, since each new technology brings with it fundamental changes that are hard to foresee. The mobile phone in conjunction with the world wide web and social media have led to revolutionary changes in society including on the positive side deep connectivity between people, but on the other, a threat to democracy. The immersive nature of the metaverse will have the potential to enhance both the positive and negative impact by an order of magnitude.

The EMRN is a research group that studies these various aspects of the metaverse concept. The 2024 EMRN conference will feature the EMRN members and their work, but we invite other stakeholders from academia, industry and policy to contribute to the discussion.

We invite submission of papers and posters, in order to foster new collaborations, and generate new ideas, moving towards a greater chance of envisaging the future. We are also looking forward to exciting and inspiring keynotes and panels that enable a multi stakeholder dialogue.

By bringing research, industry and policy makers together to engage in an open discussion we can enhance the probability of a ‘metaverse for the good’.

We encourage participation of younger researchers, so there will be a special session for rapid presentations corresponding to submitted posters.

Publication in the Frontiers in Virtual Reality Journal

Best Paper Prizes offered by Frontiers in Virtual Reality

Papers were evaluated by the Programme Committee, taking into account conflicts of interest. The final results are:-

Best Paper


Notable Mention


Conference Proceedings

Proceedings - A Metaverse for the Good doi:10.5281/zenodo.10993750


9th April, Day 1

08:30-9:00 Registration

09:00-9:15 Opening Session

09:15-10:45 Metaverse for Education and Industry

10.45-11.15 Coffee break & XR demos

11:15 - 12:45 Towards an Intelligent Metaverse: The use and impact of AI

12.45 – 13.15 Poster Advertisements

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch Break, Poster session and XR demos

14.15 – 15.15 Imagining the future: Multi Stakeholder discussion on the future of the Metaverse

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break, poster session and XR demos

15.45 – 16.35 European Projects

16.35 – 17.30 Discussion with Notable Industry Figure

10th April, Day 2

08:30-9:00 Registration for day 2 only

09.00 - 11.00 Ethical, legal and political implications of the Metaverse

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break, poster session and demos

11.30 – 13.00 Creating the Metaverse: Technical Challenges and Solutions

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch, poster session and demos

14.00 – 15.30 Medicine, Neurotechnology and the Metaverse

15.30– 17.05 Identity and the body - metaverse applications

17.15 – 18.00 Closing session


Programme Committee

Mel Slater (Chair), Aurelio Lopez-Tarruella Martinez, Doron Friedman, Maria V. Sanchez.Vives, Matthias Quent, Michael Barngrover, Omar Niamut, Sylvia Pan


Event Lab



Institut de Neurociències de la UB


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The EMRN is being led independently by the constituent research institutions, some of whom had received funding provided through an unrestricted gift by Meta.