07.11.2014 - 08.11.2014

ForAge: New directions and new learning in later life: taking the learning to the learner; active and healthy ageing; learning communities

Time:07.11.2014 - 08.11.2014
Location:Oporto, Portugal

ForAge is a European multi-lateral network with the central aim of communicating and promoting experiences of learning for older people. The goal is to help raise standards of practice throughout Europe and beyond. Active and healthy ageing are strong themes and campaigns across Europe. They do not always - but should- include access for older people to education and learning as a key element. We need to consider the potential of later life learning opportunities, based in the community as well as in classroom, for the well-being and empowerment of older people as well as the enrichment of society.

This Conference will identify, examine and debate new thinking and new possibilities for later life learning in Europe. It will encourage discussion around the following areas:

  • Recent research evidence on the experience and outcomes of later life learning initiatives
  • The work and achievements of the ForAge network including its Vision for the Future
  • An overview of relevant work, achievements and policy in Portugal
  • Current developments in active and healthy ageing cities and other communities
  • Healthy ageing in global and-pan European policies
  • The voices, opinions and testimonies of older learners
  • Examples of relevant pan European educational activities and innovations
  • Key issues emerging from ForAge’s research, enquiries, database monitoring and surveys
  • Highlighting the potential and actual roles of the various sectors, agencies and disciplines throughout Europe in the improvement of educational opportunities in later life
  • The future of adult learning funding across Europe
  • Future opportunities for networking, research and development.

The Conference is over two days with each day pursuing a different theme and way of working

  • Day One will focus on European and Portuguese policy, research and practice dimensions;
  • Day Two will use the needs, achievements and testimonies of older learners themselves to better contextualise the issues raised, the ways forward and in particular ForAge’s Vision for the Future.

The format of the event will include a mix of plenary panels and keynote speeches and in-depth discussions within parallel workshops to address concrete facets of the learning dimension of active ageing policy.


See the event programme here.


Registration information here.

Presentations and abstracts

Find information about the call for abstracts here.


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