05.04.2016 - 07.04.2016

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

Time:05.04.2016 - 07.04.2016
Location:Milton Keynes, UK

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

The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 5th – 7th April, 2016


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 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


Papers from all perspectives and disciplines are invited on, for example,

  • Older adults’ participation in learning
  • The role of learning for health and well-being
  • Older adults’ learning and technology
  • Issues and barriers to lifelong learning
  • Learning needs of people at different ages and stages of life
  • Opportunities for lifelong learning in different countries
  • Inclusion and exclusion in older adults learning
  • Older workers and intergenerational learning
  • Opportunities for older adults to participate in further education, higher education and voluntary sectors
  • Policy initiatives for older adults’ participation in education and training
  • The role of learning as a response to the demographic challenge of an ageing society
  • Theories of learning in later life
  • Comparative studies of learning in later life

Participants wishing to present a paper (in English) are requested to submit an abstract (maximum 300 words including title). The author’s name, institution, address and email should be presented on a separate sheet, together with the title of the paper. All abstracts should be submitted by 22nd January 2016 (but preferably earlier) to e.koivunen@mmu.ac.uk. More details can be found at the website of AEA.

Full papers may be submitted before, during or immediately after the conference. All full papers submitted will be published in a post-conference on-line publication by the Association for Education & Ageing. Select authors will be invited by the Editors of the International Journal for Education and Ageing to offer their papers for wider dissemination in the Journal.


January 22nd 2016 Final deadline for submission of abstracts for conference papers

January 22nd 2016 Final deadline of early bird registration for the conference

March 28th 2016 Final deadline for registration and payment of full conference fee

April 5th-7th 2016 The conference

April 15th 2016 Last date for submission of full papers for post-conference publication