International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame
European Chapter (HOFE)


The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame honors outstanding leaders in the fields of adult learning and continuing education who are distinguished as a scholar, practitioner, or policy-maker.

The Hall serves as a record of inspiration for the next generation of adult and continuing education leaders.

To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, a person must be eminently distinguished in the profession, shall have brought honor or distinction, and shall have contributed to the heritage of adult and continuing education.

Annually, around ten adult and continuing education leaders from around the world are selected for induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. These individuals reflect the great diversity of adult and continuing education practice and scholarship and the increasingly global leadership community that constitutes the IACE Hall of Fame.

On this page we supply additional information about and for members of the Hall of Fame specificly in the European region.

Important: the 2024 International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
will take place in Florence, Italy.

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The next induction ceremony is invited to the University of Firence, Friday November 8, 2024, and will be included into the conference "Revitalising Adult Continuing Education for Positive Social Changes and Personal Fulfilment", November 7-9. University of Florence, Italy. Tentative Program

Conference Homepage with information for travel, accomodation, and more.

More information on the Homepage of ISCAE:

Letter of invitation:
Call for papers for the Lifelong Lifewide Learning (LLL) Journal, to be used in the Conference in Florence (deadline Sept 15).

If you plan to attend please add your name to

Announcing the search for a new tenure-track assistant professor in ALE at UBC-Vancouver

More infomation:

HOFE meeting: June 10, 2024.

Sad news: Our members John Field (obituary by Alan Tuckett) and Joachim Knoll have passed away. More

New book1:

Jost Reischmann (HoF 1999) published a new book "Andragogy: Contribution to an Emerging Discipline".
Chapters: Andragogy and Andragogues, Andragogical Concepts, Projects and Examples, International Comparative Adult Education.
Student-friendly price 12 Euro. More information (use a different browser than Firefox)

New book2:

Let me share with all in HOFE a new book on Lalage Bown (inducted in 2009 into the Hall of Fame) that was just published by Florence University Press: "Adult Education and Social Justice: International Perspectives". Edited by Maria Slowey, Heribert Hinzen, Michael Omolewa, Michael Osborne (all members of the Hall of Fame!) Download of the book Interesting and rarely: Focus on Africa!

The Conference in Chisinau at the Moldova State University on 9-11 November 2023

The IACE Hall of Fame was a co-organiser of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education held November 9-11, 2023 at Moldova State University. The topic of the conference was "Education for Peace and Sustainable Development". 240 researchers participated in person, of which nine HOF-Europe members, who also gave keynote presentations at the conference (András, Ekkehard, Simona, Heribert, Paolo, Vladimir Gutu, Lauren?iu Soitu, Romita Iucu). The International Conference in Adult Education has been running for 25 years, and out of 6 editions, every 4 years, 5 were organised in Iasi, and the last one in Chisinau, this year. 3 of the 6 editions were organised with the HOF partnership. The conference meant altogether more than 600 debates and lectures, 6 indexed volumes, about 1500 participants, and hundreds of published articles.

New publication, including many HOFE-members:

Third International Handbook of Lifelong Learning
This handbook discusses the challenges associated with Climate Change, Rise of Populism, Precarious Work, Learning Cities and Rural Development

Karen Evans is main editor, will be inducted in HOF Firenze 2024. Wing On Lee, HOF 2022, is also one of the editors.

Chapter authors:
Maria Slowey, HOF 2015, Anke Grotlüschen, HOF 2023, Mike Osborne, HOF 2022,
Raul Valdes Cotera, HOF 2022, Séamus O´Tuama, HOF 2022.



At the induction ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky (Program) on October 3, 2023 two Europeans were inducted into the
International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame:

Uwe Gartenschläger and Prof. Dr. Anke Grotlüschen
laudator (to the left): Prof. Séamus Ó Tuama, Ireland    laudator (to the right): Prof. Amy Rose, USA    
Welcome to the Hall of Fame!


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