You can find BELMA on LinkedIn.

General Information concerning registration

How are the categories classified?

  • The four categories in Overview Categories above are based on the existing school systems in Europe.
  • Since there are distinct differences between the systems, some compromises had to be made.
  • If you are unsure about what category to enter your materials in, please contact the chairperson for advice.

What materials can be entered?

Learning materials are defined as any kind of resource such as:
  • A book or a set of books (textbook, workbook, teacher's resource book, etc are billed as one book)
  • A package including different sorts of components in print and in electronic form (books, CDs, DVDs, online resources)
  • A purely digital learning resource to be used in school or as self-study material (with or without LMS)

General advice for entering materials.

  • When material is entered, the jury does not look at a text- or workbook as a single item but at the material for the whole program/course.
  • It is advisable to list all the components of the material you want to enter, be it textbook or online resource or tablet app or teacher's book or game.
  • Please note that the appraisal process starts in April and ends in July.
  • If your materials are in beta version and cannot be judged because of technical problems, it might be advisable to enter them a year later.
  • For this year's BELMA competition, only titles with a publication date from last year or from the currant year will be accepted. An exception may be made when a complete program is entered where some of the individual titles have an earlier publication date.

Dates, Conditions and pricing for participating

  • Registration for BELMA Awards starts: March 26, 2024
  • Early Bird rate available until: April 19, 2024
  • Submission deadline for PDFs or program access: May 22, 2024
  • Deadline for payment: May 31, 2024
  • Shortlist announcement: August 23, 2024
  • Winners announced: Wednesday, 16. 10. 2024 at the Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Each submitted learning material must have been published in last or the current year for the first time, i.e. it must have been published in 2023 or 2024.
  • The price for Early Bird participation is 396 Euros ( members: 238,50 Euros) for the first entry/title. The Early Bird participation fee for following entries in any category is 316 Euros ( members: 190,80 Euros).
  • The price for participation is 440 Euros ( members: 265 Euros) for the first entry/title. The participation fee for following entries in any category is 352 Euros ( members: 212 Euros). If you are entering more than one title, the system will recognize that and automatically charge the correct reduced amounts.
  • There is no limit on the number of learning materials being submitted from each publisher.

Important! Once you have received the e-mail of confirmation and the bill:

  • please send 3 physical sets of the most important components of your title to the address below, ONLY if you have NOT uploaded a PDF of the book during registration.
  • if you want to showcase the quality of your printed book despite having sent a PDF, please send ONE set of the most important components of your title.
  • Send printed material to this address:
    Prof. Dr. Péter Bagoly-Simó
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Geographisches Institut
    Didaktik der Geographie
    Unter den Linden 6
    D-10099 Berlin

Questions about entering the Best European Learning Materials Awards?

Please contact:
Diana Kali, chairperson of the BELMA jury