Later-life learning news

The ForAge Network uses its news pages to publicise upcoming events, activities, publications, policy statements and research that have a connection with later life learning and ForAge's work. Dissemination of the work of organisations outside the ForAge Network is an objective of the partnership. News pages enable partners to promote practice and theory as it happens at national level.

Information and news about the ForAge network and project development can be found on the Forage Network News page and in the regular newsletters published by the partnership and accessible from this website.  

Please see below for latest News and Events relevant to later life learning.


Posted 3 June 2015

Publication of European Commission 2015 Ageing Report

The European Commission has released the 2015 Ageing Report, whcih focuses on the costs of projected demographic change until 2060. The report is based on 2013’s demographics and commonly agreed assumptions on fertility and life expectancy. The report’s long-term projections provide an indication of the timing and scale of changes that can be expected so as to inform European policy makers about the the challenges they must face.

The full report is available on the European Commission website

Posted 19 May 2015

Survey on Digital Education network

Eurocrea Merchant is conducting a survey to understand if organisations active in the field of education are interested in taking part to a network in the framework of Digital Education. The Network will have the main objective of focussing its activities within the use of ICT in education and training, gathering organisations all over Europe, and acting as main point of reference for them on behalf of main European players and Institutions. To take part in the survey, please visit:

Posted 9 March 2015

European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, 9-10 March 2015, and developing a European Strategy on demographic change

The theme of the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing on 9-10 March 2015 is how to turn demographic change into an opportunity for Europe through technology, innovation and new ways of cooperation. As an associate partner of this event, AGE Platform Europe is seizing the opportunity to kick off a debate on the importance of developing a European Strategy on demographic change which would coordinate EU action in various areas to ensure synergies and maximize their positive impact on Europe’s citizens, economy and job creation. The European Union, together with the Member States, have a window of opportunity to seize the potential of population ageing with the aim of enhancing economic growth, supporting greater social justice and cohesion and strengthening the rights and responsibilities of all generations. Nonetheless, in order to reach this objective, more coordination is needed between the different actors and levels, as well as a better mobilization of the wide range of sectors concerned.

The full AGE press release can be downloaded here

Posted 3 November 2014

European Parliament elected new European Commission on 22 October 2014 - AGE welcomes new Commission and highlights need for internal cooperation on ageing and demographic issues

Following the approval of the new European Commission by the European Parliament on 22 October 2014, AGE Platform Europe welcomes several positive changes and calls for the new Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs to take a leading role in coordinating the Commission’s action related to demographic change. AGE welcomes that life-long learning is given serious attention, but stresses that it should benefit all persons, not only those of working age. The full AGE press release is available to download here

Posted 17 October 2014

Re-establishment of the Intergroup on Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

On 15 October 2014, 10 MEPs joined an event hosted by MEPs Heinz K. Becker (EPP, AT), Josef Weidenholzer (S&D, AT) and Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI) to call on political groups to re-establish the long standing Intergroup on Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Founded in 1982, the Intergroup has been a key factor of progress in the past decades to improve Europeans’ quality of life. During the last term, it gathered some 40 MEPs coming from all political groups and committed to find positive solutions to the challenges of demographic change. It organised more than a dozen of events and has been active on a large range of policy areas.

The press release is available on the AGE website:

Posted 17 October 2014

Erasmus+ 2015 Call for proposals

The 2015 general call for proposals for the Erasmus+ Programme was announced in the Official Journal of the EU on October 2nd 2014.

The announcement, and deadlines for submission of applications, can be viewed here

Posted 23 December 2013

The new EU Programme Call and Guide on Erasmus+ is out

The European Commission has released key Erasmus+ documents, including the general Erasmus+ call for proposals and programme guide, on the following new website:

Posted 8 October 2013

OECD’s PIAAC survey published

The Survey of Adult Skills is an international survey conducted in as part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). It measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. It includes statistics relating to the links between age and skills, and skills, learning and health. Results from this survey show that adults’ literacy, numeracy and digital problem-solving skills are below par in many countries including Italy, Spain and France. England and Northern Ireland are  below OECD average for literacy and numeracy.

The full survey and key findings are available to download from the ForAge database

Five European adult education experts describe the reactions prompted by the publication of PIAAC results in their countries for Issue 3 of LLine journal


14-15 March 2016, Vienna, Austria
German Erasmus + Forum "Inclusion and Education"

The promotion of equality and inclusion is a central concern of the EU program "Erasmus +". As many people will benefit from the funding opportunities in "Erasmus +", in particular those who have few or no opportunities to participate in such programs. What support structures it needs to facilitate these people's access to existing services? What experiences which expertise already exist? The EU program "Erasmus +" provides new possibilities for cooperation: What synergies could arise from this? How can interact the different actors so inclusion works in education? These and other issues are to be discussed at the first German Erasmus + Forum on "Inclusion and Education".

This event will highlight ForAge as a best practice project.

Applications for attendance closed on: February 12, 2016
For further information see the following document
Contact: Eric Fryns Email:

5-7 April 2016, Milton Keynes, UK

'Learning in Later Life: Theory, Policy and Practice' - first ForAge/AEA annual conference

A two-day international conference organised by ForAge and The Association for Education and Ageing (AEA), UK, will be held from 5-7 April 2016, at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). A call for papers and conference outline is available on the AEA website:

Online conference registration:

Deadline for call for papers: 29 February 2016