International Conference on Learning in Later Life, Theory, Policy and Practice

05 april 2016
Milton Keynes (UK)
Open University
International Conference on Learning in Later Life: Theory, Policy and Practice

5th - 7th April 2016

Conference focus

The conference is organised by the Association for Education and Ageing (AEA), in association with the ForAge multi-lateral network which reached the end of its programme of Grundtvig-funded development in 2015 and passed on its main product – the European database on learning in later life - to the AEA. The conference gives an opportunity to assess the importance of this development.

The Conference celebrates the completion of 30 years of AEA’s mission to promote the importance of learning in later life. However, the celebration of AEA’s achievement needs to be reflective and critical. Educational gerontology remains relatively marginal in how later life is understood.

The Conference will address a range of critically important themes of theory, policy and practice in relation to learning in later life and relate these themes to the role of learning in ageing societies. AEA conferences have a reputation for bringing together, from across Europe and further afield, older people, practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers. They attract those with a general interest in ageing as well as those with a more particular interest in learning in later life.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers are leading thinkers on ageing and later life, and will be discussing the theory, policy and practice of later life learning:

  • Katarina Popovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia; Secretary General of the International Council of Adult Education
  • Professor Christopher Phillipson, Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology, University of Manchester
  • Professor Franz Kolland, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

Conference website