ForAge International Conference

30 September – 1 October 2013

Please note this is not an NDA event.

Event details

ForAge International Conference, Budapest, Hungary

The Future of Learning for Older People in Europe

Learning from Experience

30 September – 1 October 2013


To coincide with the United Nations International Day of Older People on 1 October, the ForAge Grundtvig Multilateral Network is holding a Pan-European Conference to examine trends and developments in learning in later-life and what can be learned from the experience of European initiatives in this field.

The programme includes the following topics:

  • The context for later-life learning in 21st century Europe and the role of ForAge.

  • Improving the quality of training of those trying to reach potential older learners.

  • The benefits of later-life learning and the supporting evidence.

  • Experiences of other European networks as information sources and influencers as well as providing expert opinion about future actions.

  • Perspectives from international adult education organisations.

  • Emerging issues and the further development of later-life learning.

  • Older learners’ perspectives.

  • Oral and poster presentations of European Projects on later-life learning.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, Department of Social Affairs

  • Professor Dr László Iván, President of the Hungarian Academy of Elder People

  • Dr Alan Tuckett OBE, President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

  • Dr Michael Sommer, Infonet coordinator, Akademie Klausenhof, Germany

  • Professor Franz Kolland, University of Vienna, Austria

Host organisation: TREBAG Property and Projectmanagement Ltd., Nagykovácsi, Hungary, H-2094 Kossuth L. str. 20.

Registration: The ForAge conference is open to everyone interested in later-life learning, including projects funded by the European Commission, adult education centres, community groups and projects, and local authorities and researchers. Conference registration must be made via Barbara Varga-Pintér at

Offers of presentations on any of the conference topics are welcomed. Any individual or group who would like to give an oral or a poster presentation should send their details and an abstract to Jim Soulsby, ForAge Facilitator, at, as soon as possible and no later than 31 July 2013. Indicate whether the proposal is for an oral or a poster presentation. The organisers have to reserve the right to make changes to the programme.

Submissions of proposals and abstracts are free of charge. After the reviewing process, all authors will be informed whether the organisers have been able to accept their proposal by mid-August 2013. For those who are accepted, registration fees need to be paid no later than 10 September 2013 to ensure that the presentation can take place at the conference and be published in the Book of Abstracts.

Abstracts are restricted to 3,000 characters (including spaces, title, authors and institutions). They may not contain tables or graphs and are restricted to Times New Roman letter type, size 12 with 2.5 cm wide margins. References in the text should be cited at the end of the abstract (they must fit in the 3,000 characters). All content of the abstract is the sole responsibility of the author(s). Proposals should also include the name(s) of the proposer and full contact details, including email address.

Location: The conference will take place in the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Budapest City Centre, József körút 5, Budapest, H-1088 Hungary.

Conference fees: The cost of the conference package is 165 EUR per person. This covers participation in the conference on Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October, including the reception and dinner on Monday evening, 3 coffee breaks and lunch on Tuesday.

Accommodation: The host hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Budapest City Centre, is offering conference participants reduced rates for rooms as follows: single bedroom: 85 EUR per room; double room: 95 EUR per room; the prices include VAT and breakfast.

Enquiries: contact Barbara Varga-Pintér
Tel: +36 26 555 243