ForAge Network activities

The ForAge partnership undertakes a number of activities together to promote and progress the work of the network. These actions form part of the original agreement among partners and with the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme designed to cement collaborative practice and underpin the creation of a sustainable, pan-European, later life learning network.

Transnational meetings provide a focus for intensive activity for the ForAge team. The internal business processes of the network are reviewed and updated and public facing events enable partners to meet and work with national and European colleagues to extend the reach and influence of the ForAge network.

Maintaining contact with these wider networks is a critical aspect of ForAge work so regular newletters are issued as updates or on specific themes to sustain interest and commitment to ForAge. Go to the newsletters page to learn more about ForAge.


NEW: ForAge have produced a revised leaflet, providing an overview of the project, the achievements of the ForAge network and planned future activities.


April 2015

23 April 2015, ForAge Newsletter 19 - The ForAge Lexicon published

10 April 2015, ForAge Newsletter 14 - ForAge – Third Annual Report translated into French and made available on ForAge website

09 April 2015, ForAge Newsletter 18 - Older Workers in Europe published

08 April 2015, ForAge Newsletter 17 - European English and Older Learners published

1 April 2015, ForAge Newsletter 16 - European English and the ForAge Network published


March 2015

12 March 2015, ForAge Newsletter 15 - New Directions and New Learning in Later Life: Third ForAge Pan-European Conference 2014 in Porto – A Review published

12 March 2015, ForAge Newsletters 14 - ForAge – Third Annual Report published

10 March 2015, ForAge Newsletter 13 - Learning in Later Life: PIAAC and Older People published


February 2015

26 February 2015, ForAge Newsletter 12 - Older people in the new Erasmus+ programme published

ForAge/AEA conference 2016 details released. 'Learning in Later Life: Theory, Policy and Practice'  released will be held in April 2016, at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK).

2 February 2015, Lexicon of Terms, containing definitions and discussion of 110 key terms in later- life learning, published on ForAge website


January 2015

Declaration in support of ForAge promoted by ForAge partners


December 2014

31 December 2014, Lexicon of Terms commonly used in the field of later-life learning completed

23 December 2014, Three-month extension to the ForAge project, to 31 March 2015, announced

Declaration in support of ForAge available


November 2014

7-8 November 2014, Oporto, Portugal

Third ForAge International Conference, 'New Directions and New Learning in Later Life'

The third ForAge international conference aimed to identify, examine and debate new thinking and new possibilities for later-life learning in Europe. Held over two days in Portugal, day one focussed on European and Portuguese policy, research and practice. On day two, the needs, achievements and testimonies of older learners themselves were used to contextualise the issues raised and to consider the way forward.


5-8 November 2014, Lisbon, Portugal

4th Transnational partner meeting

The agenda for this meeting included discusson of Work Packages 7 (Internal evaluation and quality assurance), 4 (Website and database), 5, 6 & 8 (Dissemination, Exploitation and Sustainaility). Partners heard and discussed the process and progress for external evaluation of the project. Partners reviewed and discussed the ForAge work programme (WP3).


September 2014

ForAge 2nd Annual Report 2013, summarising work undertaken by the ForAge network since its previous annual report of August 2013, made available


August 2014

ForAge newsletter 11 - Intergenerational learning: some questions arising from the GATE learning partnership published


July 2014

ForAge survey - Learning in the 21st Century published online and disseminated by partners

Website for third annual ForAge conference 2014, New Directions and New Learning in Later Life, available


June 2014

ForAge newsletter 10 - Intergenerational learning published


May 2014

Two papers from ForAge partners, on older people and conflict, published


March 2014

ForAge newsletter 9 - The Future of Learning for Older People in Europe: Learning from Experience. The 2nd ForAge Pan-European Conference - A Review published


February 2014

ForAge newsletter 8 - Later-life Learning for Older People from Minority Ethnic, Migrant, Refugee and Roma Communities published


November 2013

ForAge newsletter 7 - ForAge – 1st annual report published


October 2013

ForAge Progress Report, reporting on the first eighteen months of the ForAge project and plans for the future, made available


2-4th October 2013,  Budapest

3rd Transnational partner meeting 

The agenda for this meeting  consisted of consideration of progress in all eight work packages in the Project, reflection on the Progress Report to EACEA,  agreement on actions in the next phase of the Project and discussion of sustainability and the longer term future of the Project’s products and results.


September 2013

30 September – 1 October 2013, Budapest 

Second ForAge International Conference: The Future of Learning for Older People in Europe - Learning from Experience  

To coincide with the United Nations International Day of Older People on 1 October, the ForAge Network held 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.


9 September 2013, Approval of Progress Report and Notification of Funding received from EACEA

3 September 2013, Results of Internal Interim Evaluation received by partners


August 2013 

Forage Project Progress Report submitted to EACEA 


June 2013

Completion by project partners of survey on ForAge exploitation of results: "A Vision for the Future" (WP 6)

Dissemination of details of forthcoming ForAge 2nd International Conference, Budapest, 30 September - 1st October 2013.

ForAge newsletter 6 -The European Year 2012 – a review published


May - August 2013 

Major inputs of data to ForAge database


May 2013

ForAge partners complete input of data to own national pages on website

ForAge newsletter 5 -  Let’s discuss: Involving Stakeholders, Gender Issues, Giving Voice published

Trials of ForAge Forum on website


April 2013

ForAge database restructured and data redistributed. Input of data continued.


February  2013

Trials of ForAge Forum on website


January  2013

ForAge newsletter 4 - The ForAge web portal published


December 2012 - January 2013

Website populated with information. Database categories trialled and initial data inputted


December 2012

20 December 2012, Evaluation Report on Project's 1st International Conference, Limassol, disseminated (WP7)

20 December 2012, Evaluation Report on Transnational Partner meeting 2, Limassol, disseminated (WP7)


November 2012

9 November 2012, Work Plan for WP3 (Creating and Disseminating the ForAge Network) distributed to partners

3 November 2012, ForAge newsletter 3 - A Society for All Ages, conference report published


October 2012

10-12 October 2012,  Limassol 

2nd Transnational partner meeting

This meeting of partners focused on the development of Work Packages 3 (Making and Implementing the ForAge Network) and 4 ( Buildiing and Implementing the Forage website and database). Partners heard and discussed an evaluation report of the Project activities to date (Work Package 7).


8-9 October 2012, Limassol

ForAge International Conference: "A Society for All Ages. Learning to Live & Learning for Life"

The FORAGE Conference was held during the period of the Cyprus EU Presidency. 56 participants had the opportunity to hear about the new developments on both the European and national level in later life learning and to exchange knowledge and experience. Workshops included Involving stakeholders in later life learning; gender issues; and giving older people a voice through learning


August 2012

16 August 2012, Forage Newsletter 2 - Interview with the ForAge project facilitator published

15 August 2012, Analysis of Survey of Partner Expertise and Issues disseminated (WP2)


July 2012

20 July 2012, ForAge Project Leaflet published


May 2012

28 May 2012, Work Package Activity Management Plan distributed among partners

15 May 2012, Evaluation of Transnational Partner Meeting 1 distributed among partners


April 2012

17 April 2012, Project Evaluation Framework distibuted among partners (WP7)

15 April 2012, ForAge Newsletter 1 - Introduction to the ForAge project published

April 14 2012, Partners vote on web graphics and design (WP4)

Evaluation Report on 1st Partner meeting (Leicester) disseminated (WP7)

Survey of Partner Expertise and Issues distributed (WP2)


March 2012

16 March 2012, Leicester, Website and Database (Work package 4) planning meeting held in University of Leciester, UK. Involves partners from Austria, Czech Republic and UK (AEA and University of Leicester)


13 March 2012, ForAge draft Exploitation Plan (WP6) published


February 2012

10 February 2012, Leicester

1st Transnational partner meeting

The first partner meeting of the  ForAge project  was held in Leicester where the Project is co-ordinated by the University of Leicester’s Institute of Lifelong Learning (which has established an international reputation for work in the field of older people and lifelong learning), in partnership with the UK’s Association for Education and Ageing (AEA). The Leicester team is led by Jim Soulsby as ForAge Network Facilitator.

This meeting heard and discussed presentations of all eight work packages which make up the project; agreed a  work plan to cover the three years of the Project  but particularly the next  nine months (for which it identified priorities and responsibilties); elaborated and clarified financial matters and considered management and contractual issues.

The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Robert Wann, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, attended the official launch of ForAge at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 8 February 2012.


1 January 2012   Forage Project begins