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AEA EVENTS:

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. In 2016 an international conference (see below) is being run in cooperation with the ForAge Project at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes.
AEA also runs one or two seminars, workshops or specialist conferences each year in different locations in the UK, often in partnership with other organisations.

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

 

AEA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th September at Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester m15 6GX

Lunch for AEA Members will be served at 1.15 pm and the meeting will commence at 2.15 pm

The AGM will be followed by this year's Frank Glendenning Lecture, which is hosted by the Association for Education and Ageing with Manchester Metropolitan University's Ageing and Long-Term Conditions Group, who invite you to listen to:

Professor Peter Lavender - 'Older People's Learning: A reflection on some models'

Lecture: 3:15pm - 4:45pm, Lecture Theatre 1

Followed by networking, drinks and light refreshments (4:45pm - 6:00pm)

The lecture is free and open to all but booking is essential.

Book your free place here:   FGL2016

 

Further events scheduled for 2016 include:

November
A one day conference on Memory and Learning in Later Life, arising out of AEA’s participation in a Grundtvig -funded project of the same title, organised by Professor Keith Percy and Dr. Val Bissland, will be held at a venue probably in northern England or Scotland. fee tbc
Further details will be posted here when available.


 

PREVIOUS EVENTS HELD IN 2016

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

Tuesday - Thursday 5th - 7th April 2016, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

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 in the Spring of 2016.

The 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 www.foragenetwork.eu/ (2012 – 2015)

The conference programme can be accessed here

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

 

14th June         A one day dissemination event on AEA’s Grundtvig-funded Well-being and Learning in Later Life project, organised by Professor Keith Percy and Dr. Anne Jamieson.  Contributions also from London-based organisations Claremont Project and Open Age

 

22nd June        Second workshop for Conversation into Action.  This was an interactive follow up workshop to an earlier one, which was held in April. on democracy, rights, participation, and learning in later life. Housing for all?

 

EVENTS IN 2015

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

Seminar

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 http://www.micra.manchester.ac.uk/events/archive/2015/older-people-and-sexual-wellbeing/

 

EVENTS IN 2014

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

 

EVENTS IN 2013

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 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - BUDAPEST

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

 

 

PREVIOUS AEA CONFERENCES

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

 

OTHER AEA ACTIVITY

Looking towards the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012

AEA Development officer Jim Soulsby, who is widely active in the field of older learning, addressed the Education Centres Association AGM on the subject of Looking forward to European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.

In his speech he gave a trenchant summary of steps forward and backwards in Europe since 1993 – a year which was at that time designated European Year of Older People and Solidarity between Generations - and what we can learn from the setbacks of the past to take us forward into the future in 2012 – next year being designated European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The full text of Jim’s speech can be accessed here. European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

 

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 questionaire 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

 

EXTERNAL EVENTS

PAST CONFERENCES

The Effect on Men's Health, Well-being and Informal Learning

This conference was held on Thursday 29 September 2011; 10am to 4pm
Venue:  Ramada Leicester, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES
This conference wass organised jointly by NIACE, Age UK, Men's Health Forum and the Institute of Lifelong Learning at Leicester University.

Full details can be accessed here:  Men's Sheds

 

Universities and Active Ageing

This conference, which was held on February 17th, 2010 and sponsored by Universities UK and the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education. It was devoted to the theme of engaging older learners in education and training and the results of research supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England investigating the position of older learners in universities were presented to the conference by Dr Chris Phillipson, author of the report,. Dr Phillipson also wrote about his findings on page 5 of the Winter 2010 edition of AEA Digest, which can be found here: AEA Digest

Further information can also be found on the Universities UK website: Universities and active ageing

 

 

 

 

 

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