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AEA holds events on later-life learning that should not be missed!

There is an Annual Conference each autumn. It aims to attract older people, academics, professionals and practitioners. Normally it is one-day and non-residential but every four or five years AEA aims to hold an international residential conference. AEA also runs one or two seminars, tworkshops or specialist conferences each year in different locations in the UK, often in partnership with other organisations.




Wednesday September 19th 2018 – Manchester.  AEA Annual General Meeting, Seminar and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

This event took place on Wednesday September 19th 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX

After the AGM, which was open to members only, the rest of the event was open to all.

The conference started with  “Memory in Later Life” - a free workshop hosted by Dr Val Bissland.  The Workshop covered some of the activities and ways older adults can strengthen short-term, episodic and long-term memories.  
Fuller description here MML and click on "View details" button

The seminar was followed after a refreshment break (great pastries!) by the 16th  Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture, which was given by Paul McGarry of the Strategic Lead, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub on the subject of  “Developing the Age-friendly Greater Manchester programme to support culture and learning in later life.” 
The recently established Greater Manchester Ageing Hub is the first partnership of its type in the United Kingdom. It is co-ordinating programmes of activity for the benefit of older people around economy and work; age-friendly places; healthy ageing; housing, planning and transport; culture and learning; and communications.  In his presentation Paul McGarry referrd particularly to culture and learning.

Fuller description here FGL and click on "View details" button. 





Tuesday July 3rd 2018 - Manchester

AEA Fringe Meeting - "Active Minds - Still learning"

Speaker Professor Chris Phillipson

Venue:  Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH

Full details here: Fringe


Friday July 6th 2018 - SIG Symposium – Manchester

Chaired by AEA member Dr Caroline Holland - The Open University
AEA member John Miles of Kilburn Older Voices Exchange presented a paper

This event was part of the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, for which AEA members were able to take advantage of BSG rates.



AEA Annual General Meeting, Seminar and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

This took place on Monday, September 25th 2017 

After the AGM, which was open to members only, the rest of the event was open to all. 

The conference started with a seminar and workshop: Improving the learning experience for older learners.    Details here
A report on this seminar will be appearing shortly in the Autumn issue of "AEA Digest"

The seminar was followed by the 15th Annual Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture, which was delivered by Professor Paul Kingston (Professor of Ageing and Mental Health and Director of the Centre for Ageing Studies, University of Chester) on the theme of:
"I am still learning" - loneliness, isolation, older people and learning in the post-modern world   Details here


Thursday to Saturday 9th – 11th November 2017, Leeds, UK - Leeds Beckettt University

Identity, Voice, Creativity, Action!  Older people learning creatively for creativity, finding a ‘voice’ and taking action.
European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA)
Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA)
his is the The 8th conference of the ESREA Network - ELOA

This year the ELOA conference is being co-hosted by the Association for Education and Ageing and Leeds Beckett University, School of Film, Music and Performing Arts

The full programme for this exciting conference can be found here:  Schedule

Information on transport links, hotel accommodation and Leeds itself can be found here:  Welcome

To make your booking please use the appropriate link below: 

3 Day conference pass:   Full conference

1st, 2nd, 3rd day Individual Conference passes:  Day pass

Conference meal:  Conference meal

Optional Indian Meal:  Indian meal

Please note that as part of our co-hosting AEA members can book at the same discounted rate as ESREA members. Members please just select the ESREA member tick box on the booking form.

If you would like some more informationon this event please contact



Wednesday 14th September 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M15 6GX

AEA Annual General Meeting and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

This year’s Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Peter Lavender of the University of Wolverhampton under the title: 'Older People's Learning: A reflection on some models'.


Wednesday 22 June 2016, Open University, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP


Housing for all? Workshop in the Conversation into Action series.


Tuesday 5th- Thursday 7th April 2016, TheOpen University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK

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

The Association for Education and Ageing, in partnership with the multi-lateral network ‘ForAge for later-life learning', held a successful two-day international conference.

Keynote speakers were:
Professor Franz Kolland (University of Vienna)
Professor Chris Phillipson (University of Manchester)
Dr Jane Watts (Consultant)
There were twenty other presentations in plenary and parallel sessions

The conference also disseminated outcomes from the EU-funded ForAge project (2012 – 2015)

The conference programme can be accessed here

A post-conference publication of conference presentations can be accessed here



Monday 12 October 2015, Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP


Seminar on a theme related to democracy, rights, participation, and learning in later life.

Details here.


Wednesday 23 September 2015, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

AEA AGM, Annual Conference and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

This year’s Frank Glendenning Lecture was given by Professor Sheila Peace of the Open University and current President of the BSG on the subject: Changes in perceptions of ageing over the last 30 years: what happened to educational gerontology?

The conference programme can be accessed here.  Conference programme


Wednesday 17 June, 2015

Association for Education & Ageing/British Society of Gerontology Seminar: Lifelong Learning and Social Gerontology: an essential partnership?

Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

The seminar  i) debated the role of social gerontology in promoting older people’s access to lifelong learning opportunities, particularly in the current economic context ii) shared good practice and exemplars in lifelong learning iii) discussed theories and practices of lifelong learning to promote the development of theory in this area; iv) examined the case for a new interest group which will bring together strengths of AEA and BSG.


AEA, MICRA, MMU and Age UK Seminar

Friday 6 February 2015, University of Manchester

Older people and sexual wellbeing: research, practice and educational issues
The seminar aimed to explore how stereotypes of older adults continue to ignore or devalue their sexuality; how important sexual health and activity are to overall health and wellbeing and ageing; what are older peoples’ concerns about sexual function and how well do health practitioners deal with them.
A report on this event appeared AEA Digest no.43 Spring 2015 page 9 - see AEA Digest page

Powerpoint presentations of the three speakers are now available on



2014 AEA Conference, AGM and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

Thursday 11th September 2014

Michael Young Building, Rooms 1 and 2, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

'Understanding and Supporting Learning for Older People: Insights from the UK and Europe'

This conference focussed upon European projects in which UK organisations, including AEA, have been involved.

The conference flyer and programme is available here: AEA Conference Flyer (2 pages, Word), AEA Conference Flyer (1 page, PDF)

The conference also incorporated the annual Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture, given by Dr Carol Holland, Director - Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA), Aston University. Her presentation is available on our Annual Lectures page.

The conference presentation given by Prof. Keith Percy, Learning, memory, well-being and older people: lessons from AEA’s three European projects, is also available as Powerpoint presentation (zipped) here and as a PDF document here


Memory in Later Life and how to make the most of it

9 June 2014

The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TX

This one-day free conference marked the end of the international project Memory in Later life – learning, supporting developing, supported by the EU Grundtvig programme.

Download a flyer containing further details about the event here


Seminar: Older people - careers and learning

20 May 2014

NIACE, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GE

A seminar on the theme of ‘older people - careers and learning’ was organised by NIACE and AEA in May 2014. It explored current thinking and practice around older workers and learning - from staying in, and extending, employment in later life to new approaches to retirement. The event included a vibrant mix of speakers, discussion and participation, and provide an opportunity for networking.

A flyer containing details about the event and its speakers is available here NIACE-AEA seminar flyer



2013 AEA Conference, AGM and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

Thursday 5th September 2013

Michael Young Building, Rooms 1 and 2, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

This one-day conference, arranged by AEA with The Open University, was on the topic Informal Learning and Well-being in Later Life.

The conference programme is available here  Conference programme

The conference also incorporated the Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture, given by Dr Malcolm J Fisk, Co Director of the Age Research Centre, Coventry University.  The title of this year's lecture was 'Older People and the Health Literacy Imperative' and the text will be available shortly on this site.  Meanwhile for further information on Dr Fisk please see our Frank Glendenning Memorial Lectures page.

Worshop presentations included:‘

Economic engagement, workforce development and wellbeing’
Strand Leader: Dr Jane Watts, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). 
Details here:  Jane Watts

‘Supported living and well-being’
Strand Leader: Professor Josie Tetley, The Open University/Manchester Metropolitan University
Details here:  Josie Tetley 

A slide show of photographs of the conference is available here:  



ForAge is a Grundtvig-funded projecte in which AEA is a partner.

The ForAge international conference was held in Budapest from 30th September to 1st October. The theme was The Future of Learning for Older People in Europe. A leaflet giving full details of the programme can be downloaded here ForageBudapestleaflet 

A report on the conference and other ForAge activities can be accessed here

Please feel free to download and disseminate this leaflet giving information on ForAge's aims and background ufiles/Forage Lealfet3.pdf

Further information can be accessed here NewsandViewspage



2012 Conference, AGM and Frank Glendenning lecture - 1Oth September 2012

The AEA Conference, AGM and Frank Glendenning lecture were held at the Ashley Conference Centre, Leek Road Campus, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE. The theme of the conference was Thinking about the Future: Older People and Learning.

The Frank Glendenning lecture was delivered by Alan Hatton-Yeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Beth Johnson Foundation. More details of the lecture plus a full report of the conference will be posted here shortly.

Details of previous lectures and full-text downloads can be accessed here:  Frank Glendenning lectures

The conference was organised jointly by AEA and the Beth Johnson Foundation.  An archive copy of the programme fcan be accessed here: Conference 2012


International Conference, Maynooth - March 20th-22nd, 2012

AEA hosted this international residential conference in partnership with Age Action Ireland and WEA Northern Ireland. It was held at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, on the theme of New Dynamics of Learning and Ageing.

The conference booket can be downloaded here: Conference booklet Maynooth

Abstracts of papers/presentations can be downloaded here:  Abstracts booklet Maynooth

Links to full text papers and presentations are provided in the following document: Papers and presentations Maynooth

A summary of the conference is available here:   Maynooth summary

A full report of the conference is available here;   Maynooth full report


2011 Conference, AGM and Frank Glendenning lecture

AEA’s annual conference, AGM and the Frank Glendenning lecture was held on 21st July 2011.
The conference was hosted jointly with the Institute of Ageing and Health (IAH) in Birmingham and held at the Birmingham Medical Institute in Edgbaston.

The theme of the conference was Learning, ageing and well-being, followed by the AGM. This year's Frank Glendenning lecture was delivered by Lesley Hart, MBE, formerly Director of the Centre for Lifelong, University of Strathclyde and founder of the Senior Studies Institute.  The subject of her lecture was Working and Learning Together: the value of collaboration

A conference flyer with further information can be downloaded here:   Conference flyer

The conference programme can be downloaded here:  Conference programme 


25th Anniversary Conference and AGM 2010

The 2010 conference and AGM, which also marked the 25th anniversary of AEA, took place in London at Camden Town Hall on Thursday afternoon 22nd July 2010. The theme of the conference was Storytelling and identity in later life.

The event was followed by the Frank Glendenning lecture, which was delivered by Dr Alex Withnall on the subject of Exploring the Gender Agenda in Later Life Learning. A PowerPoint presentation of the lecture can be downloaded here. gender agenda

Please note you will need PowerPoint on your computer to open this presentation.

The conference programme is available as archive here: aea 25th anniversary conference AGM & FGL

A report of the conference can be found in the Autumn edition of AEA Digest on page 8  Digest No 32 


International Conference 2009

AEA in association with Lancaster University, Department of Continuing Education:

Reaffirming Teaching and Learning in Later Life

The conference took place April 1-3, 2009 at Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Full details can be found here in our archive. Conference Lancaster 2009


Regional Consultations with older learners:

In the course of the year October 2008-2009, AEA held a number of regional events to consult with older people on the kinds of learning they are doing, or wish to do and how providers can work with them and with other partners to offer learning opportunities.

We then compiled an updated short questionnaire asking older people what place education and learning has in their lives. If you would like a copy of this questionnaire to use in your own research,  it is available here in both .pdf and Microsoft Word formats.

Older Learner survey - pdf format                     Older Learner Survey - MS Word format








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