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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.

Further details of our current activities can be found on our New and Views page.


March 12th   Seminar (11.30 – 15.00) in Newcastle

                    Morning: Universities of the Third Age: impact, paradoxes and problems

                    Afternoon: Round-table: Gerontology, life-long learning and educational policy

                    Organised by AEA/BSG/Ransackers Special Interest Group on Educational Gerontology

                    Hosted by Professor Tom Scharf of Newcastle University and President-elect of BSG

                    All welcome. Free Attendance.

September  Birmingham AGM; Workshop; Glendenning Memorial Lecture

[more to be announced]


Monday, September 25th 2017 AEA Annual General Meeting, Seminar and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture at Carers UK, London SE1 4LX

These events took place in Manchester Metropolitan University. The Annual General Meeting was followed by a workshop hosted by Dr Val Bissland on “Memory and How to Make the Most of it” - a workshop. More details about the workshop here: memory

After this workshop, the Annual Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture was given by Paul McGarry, the Strategic Lead of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub on “Developing the Age-friendly Greater Manchester programme to support culture and learning in later life.”

Friday July 6th 2018 AEA/BSG/Ransackers’ Special Interest Group on educational gerontology held a Symposium within the BSG conference in Manchester on Lifelong learning and learning about the long life: an exploration of educational gerontology.

This event was part of the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference.

Chaired by AEA member Dr Caroline Holland - The Open University with four papers presented.

AEA Executive member John Miles of Kilburn Older Voices Exchange presented a paper on An ageing population and the gerontology curriculum in the UK: should there be a relationship?

Tuesday July 3rd 2018 –Educational Gerontology Special Interest Group Fringe Meeting. Manchester Metropolitan University.

The AEA/BSG/Ransackers’ Special Interest Group on educational gerontology hosted a fringe meeting at the British Society of Gerontology conference in Manchester. Professor Chris Phillipson’s was the keynote speaker and called for a radical rethink under the tile of Re-Creating Spaces for Ageing: The role of education in later life.

Further details here: Fringe

Caroline Holland’s reflections on the event can be found here


Wednesday June 13th 2018 - National Pensioners’ Convention Pensioners’ Parliament at Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Keith Percy and John Miles convened and spoke at a Fringe Meeting of over fifty participants on Active Minds – Still Learning.



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

Conference: Identity, Voice, Creativity, Action! Older people learning creatively for creativity, finding a ‘voice’ and taking action.

The Association for Education and Ageing and Leeds Beckett University, School of Film, Music and Performing Arts co-hosted the 8th conference of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA).

The full programme for the conference can be found here: Schedule


Monday, September 25th 2017 AEA Annual General Meeting, Seminar and Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture

After the AGM, there followed a workshop: Improving the learning experience for older learners. Details here

A report on this seminar appeared in issue 50 (Autumn 2017) of AEA Digest.

The workshop was followed by the 15th Annual Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture, 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

                     Professor Paul Kingston


Wednesday September 14th 2016 AEA Annual General Meeting, Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture and Reception at Manchester Metropolitan University

14th Annual Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Peter Lavender of the University of Wolverhampton on the theme of Older People's Learning: A reflection on some models

Monday April 5th – Wednesday April 7th 2016 AEA International Conference: Learning in Later Life: Theory, Policy and Practice at Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Keynote Speakers: Professor Franz Kolland, University of Vienna; Professor Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester; Dr Jane Watts, consultant.

Keynote and plenary presentations and workshop papers from the Conference: access here

AEA International Conference 2016. Photo: Val Bissland.






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