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9th Nordic Conference on Adult Education and Learning

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The 9th NAEL conference constitutes a meeting place for researchers, policy makers, organisational leaders and practitioners. Speakers, plenary debates, and paper sessions will discuss how adult education to turn todays' challenges into new opportunities and support the development of societies where new possibilities are generated.

18 May

Practical information

  • Date: 18. May 2022 - 20. May 2022
  • Time: All day
  • Location: Vestfold, University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Vestfold and Quality Hotel Tønsberg.
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  • Submissions: We invite you to submit an abstract for a paper, a symposium or a roundtable no later than 01.02.2022

    The official conference language is English. Abstract are processed and performed in English: 400 words. Papers: approximately 8-10 pages, including references.

    Conference abstracts and papers are peer reviewed.

    keyboard_backspace Call for papers

    Fees: Self-cost for participants. Contributions and support by partners and organizations for eg. Keynote speakers.


    keyboard_backspace NAEL Conference Padlet.

New Challenges

New Learning

New possibilities


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

12.30-13.15 Lunch

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


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