A Window to the World: AONTAS Adult Education Summit 2023

15 November 2023
9am (registration)
Who should attend:
Adult Learners, Adult Educators and anyone active in Adult and Community Education
All day
Prior booking required:
Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4

Event: A Window to the World: AONTAS Adult Education Summit 2023 

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 

Date: Wednesday, 15th November 2023  

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm (9am registration)

Registration for the Summit is now full.

About the AONTAS Adult Education Summit  

Our biggest event of the year is fast approaching! Join us to find out all the latest in adult learning from the island of Ireland and across Europe.

A Window to the World: AONTAS Adult Education Summit 2023 welcomes anyone with an interest in adult learning to join us for new perspectives on adult and community education.

Here are some of the things we'll do at the Summit:

Guest Speakers

We are excited to welcome Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science to speak at the Summit. 

We are also absolutely delighted to announce Professor Kathleen Lynch as our Keynote Speaker. Kathleen is an academic and an activist. Her work is guided by the belief that the purpose of scholarship and research is not just to understand the world but to change it for the good of all humanity.

Our other speakers and guests on the will include educators and leaders in the charity sector from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Europe. Adult leaders will also have a leading role in the event, and we'll hear from the National Gallery of Ireland about the power of art and creativity in adult learning. More details to follow!

Community Education Exhibitors Partner Showcase

This showcase will highlight and celebrate our fantastic members working in community education, who change people’s lives every day through all different kinds of learning in local communities. 

Running throughout the day, the showcase will demonstrate the variety, depth, and richness of work that community education organisations do and the changes their work brings about for learners and their communities.

The organisations exhibiting their work at stands on the day, with visual and documented evidence of their impact.

The exhibitors are: 

We'll be encouraging Summit attendees to visit it in the morning and during breaks. You'll be able to meet learners and community educators face-to-face, learn about their work, make connections, and better understand the impact of community education.


We will have four simultaneous workshops in the afternoon.

Listening to Learners’ Voices Across Ireland: Challenges and Solutions for FET Learners

This is a space for Education and Training Board staff to share best practice for some of the important challenges that emerged from AONTAS research through the National FET Learner Forum. Attendees will learn about solutions that you can use in your own work, to better support adult learners.

Learner Voice as a Catalyst for Change

This interactive workshop will explore the profound significance of Learner Voice in shaping the future of adult education and how it can be a catalyst for positive change in our society. The workshop will consider strategies and approaches for ensuring that learners’ perspectives and recommendations are not only heard but actively considered and integrated into decision-making processes. This workshop is a platform for learners to share their experiences, with insights from our Learners as Leaders programme, showing exactly why every learner's voice matters.

Adult Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): How Can Adult and Community Education Providers Contribute?

This workshop will explore how adult Learning and the SDGs are linked, and highlight tools available for adult and community education practitioners across the island of Ireland. The SDGs are an urgent call by all countries in a global partnership for collective action relating to inequality and climate change. AONTAS are an appointed SDG Champion with a particular focus on Goal 4, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Participants will learn about the benefits of starting an SDG programme with adult learners.

Creative Arts and Adult Learning: What's It All About? In Partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland

The workshop, given by the National Gallery of Ireland, explores the benefits of using the creative arts when working with learners in the classroom. We'll explore how to incorporate art and creativity in class, and where adult learning practitioners can find resources. How can art and creativity benefit learners as they develop confidence and empathy, and gain new knowledge and skills? Join us to find out.  

For more information on this event please contact our Communications Team at: 

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Contact details:
1872 Room, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4