The three years since the last NAEL conference have been characterized by adult education encountering new challenges. The pandemic-initiated escalation of unemployment and its parallel economic recession have brought about an urgent demand for new learning. The continual transformation of informational structures and online media challenge the framework for democratic dialogue that have long been a prominent feature of Nordic adult education. At the same time, the increasing climate change calls for a green transition with entrepreneurial initiatives that promotes a sustainable labour market.
These developments are examples of an accentuated need for essential aspects of adult education and learning, such as the continued development of skills and competences, empowerment, and democratic involvement.
Adult education holds an instrumental position in our societies to meet new challenges by advancing new learning that will induce new possibilities.
The 9th NAEL conference constitutes a meeting place for researchers where they can engage in dialogue with policy makers, organisational leaders and practitioners on how adult education can turn these challenges into new opportunities. The programme will focus on the ways in which adult education can stimulate new learning to solve the dilemmas facing society, organisations, and individuals. Speakers, plenary debates, and paper sessions will discuss the transformation, reinvention, and reframing needed for adult education to promote societies where new possibilities are generated.
The conference programme will incorporate a wide variety of local as well as national and international educational projects on adult learning. Group sessions, symposia and plenary debates will be interspersed with internationally renowned key speakers representing the variety of learning connected to adult education:
- Michael Osborne, Professor - Chair of Adult & Lifelong Education at the University of Glasgow.
- Walter Omar Kohan, Professor of Philosophy of Education at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
- Audrey Osler, Professor at University of South-Eastern Norway and University of Leeds, UK.
- Olivia Remes, Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, (prior Cambridge Institute of Public Health).
- Mie Buhl, Professor Department of Communication and Psychology, Professor at The Faculty of Humanity and Professor at IT and Learning Design, Aalborg University.
- Sveinung Skule, Director of the newly established Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
For overview of all areas of the conference and continually updated information see the 9th NAEL Conference Padlet.
Day 1 May 18th
11.00-12.00 Lunch at Quality hotel
12.00-12.30 Welcome – Programme and practical information
12.30-13.15 Speaker Professor Walter Kohan
13.15-14.15 Plenary debate
14.15-14.45 Coffee break
14.45-15.45 Session 1
16.00-16.45 Speaker Professor Michael Osborne
16.45-17.45 Session 2
18.15-19.15 "Walk in a Viking town" with Professor Bjørn Bandlien
19.30 Dinner at Quality hotel
Day 2 May 19th
08.30 Transportation to the University
09.00-09.45 Welcome to the University of South-Eastern Norway
10.00-11.00 Session 3
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 Session 4
13.15-14.00 Speaker Professor Audrey Osler
14.15-15.15 Plenary debates
15.15-15.45 Coffee break
15.45-16.45 Session 5
17.00 Transport to the hotel with visits to local sites.
17.30-18.30 General assembly
19.00 Conference dinner
Day 3 May 20th
08.30-09.15 Speaker Doctor Olivia Remes
09.15-10.15 Session 6
10.15-10.30 Coffee break
10.30-11.30 Plenary debate
11.30-12.30 Lunch at Quality hotel