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2010 Future Forum on Adult Education Learning Environments, Social Milieus and Participation in Education 23 to 25 June 2010 Tower of Knowledge

Adult educators, program planners, educational staff, educational and social researchers

23 to 25 June 2010

Tower of Knowledge/Wissensturm Linz (follow the link to get more information)


Learning Environments, Social Milieus and Participation in Education.

“Who is missing in adult education centres?”

How can we appeal to people and encourage them to take part in education? In order to answer this question, we must first take into consideration the different life and learning contexts of potential participants in education (e.g. of young adults), i.e. their different social milieus: their backgrounds and mentalities that influence their willingness to learn and their expectations in learning.

By examining the development in adult education centres, the 2010 Future Forum wants to clarify whether educational work adapted to milieu, age and target groups is necessary and reasonable: Is it suited to expand the clientele of adult education centres?

What will be explored are ways to new educational concepts that also account for the difference and diversity of “learning environments” in outreach educational work. The introductory conference contributions will deal with social milieus of mainly young adults and their specific learning environments.

The 2010 Future Forum strives to

• create an open and result-oriented dialogue between professionals working in adult education, education planners and researchers, and

• work out practical requirements concerning the present and future of adult education on an international level (expert lectures, workshops on future topics featuring working groups on strategy development).

The Future Forum is part of an international, Central European network supported by dvv international and EAEA.

Schedule and agenda

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 Possible date of arrival
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Opening: 10 am (Tower of Knowledge/Wissensturm Linz) keynote lectures and discussion
Evening Program: Boat trip on river Danube
Thursday, 24 June 2010 Workshops with Contributions of the Participants Call for Papers
Friday, 25 June 2010
summary, synthesis and final discussion (End with Lunch)

Program details

Keynote Speakers: Rudolf Tippelt (University of München), Anke Grotlüschen (University of Hamburg), Bernhard Heinzlmaier (tfactory).

Concept: Elisabeth Brugger (Wien), Hannes Galter (Graz), Walter Schuster (Wien), Nicole Slupetzky (Salzburg), Stefan Vater (Wien).

Number of participants: max. 50

Languages: The conference languages at the Future Forum will be German and English.


The “Future Forum on Adult Education" focuses on the exchange of ideas, and talks and discussions from the perspective of working together to define fundamental challenges and problems in future adult education.

Besides the lectures of its main speakers, the conference is characterised by a phase of moderated workshops during which participants can make their contributions and pose practical questions, which will then be linked methodically with the approaches of the lecturers.


Please register with
Verband Österreichischer Volkshochschulen (VÖV)
Weintraubengasse 13
1020 Wien
Telefon +43.1.216 42 26
Fax +43.1.214 38 91

The registration deadline is 26 April 2010.


The conference fee is EUR 150. (including: Seminarcosts, Lunch, not included: Hotel, Dinner, Evening Programm)
It is due at the time of registration upon receipt of the confirmation of registration. You will receive your confirmation of registration within 14 days after registration. Please indicate the name of the institution and the complete return address.

bank account
Bank Austria AG
Account no. 0947-31007/00, routing no. 12000
IBAN AT02 1100 0094 7310 0700

The Association of Austrian Adult Education Centres (VÖV) will bear the costs for the preparation, administration, organisation, implementation, and reporting.


Please book and pay for your accommodation on your own and directly at the hotel. A list of hotels recommended by VÖV. Please book with keyword "Zukunftsforum", if you choose Hotel ibis:

Hotel ibis (at the venue of the forum)
Hotel Kolping (approx. 10min from the venue)
Hotel Dom (approx. 10min from the venue)