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.

The next induction will be held with the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) in Lexington, Kentucky. Program
Induction date: October 3, 2023.

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

Sabine Schmidt-Lauf has an interesting new publication from her and colleagues as results of the Adult Education Academy in Würzburg 2022 discussing relevant issues of our field from a comparative perspective. - click there "E-book in Open Access".

Our HOF-member Chris Duke died on 22 June 2023
This is very sad news for all of us who were lucky to have met Chris and worked with him at different stages throughout his extraordinary life. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Chris was the brain and energy behind founding PIMA and kept it growing in reach and strength. In a special issue of PIMA his contributions locally and globally were honoured.

Our next in-person International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame European Chapter (HOFE) meeting, originally planned in conjuction with the Moldova State University on November 9, 2023, "The Sixth International Conference On Adult Education - Education for Peace and Sustainable Development", has been postponed. Whereas HOFE and HOF still are partners in the Moldova conference. .

Our virtual meeting took place on Friday 30 June 2023 .
We discussed the following topics at the meeting:
      1. News from the Board of Directors (Éva)
      2. Nominations 2023 (Éva)
      3. Views on and wishes for the HOFE website, including for news to be presented and members’ function in IACEHOF structure (Arne)
      4. Follow-up on Pat Davies’ offer to mentor young adult educators (Pat)
      5. Follow-up on the research project Interviews with HOFE members (Ekkehard)
      6. Follow-up on cooperation with journals/publications (Peter)
      7. The annual in-person HOFE meeting, 2023 in Chisinau (Simona)
      8. News from adult education organisations and Upcoming conferences, including occasions for sending LetYouKnow card: (Arne); EAEA (Balázs), Eucen (Balázs), ESREA (Katarina), EPALE (Balázs), UIL (Katarina).
      9. New developments and publications in European adult education policy (Arne)
      10. AOB

    Looking back: Our virtual meeting on Thursday, 2 March 2023:

    November 2022: Survey and contributions of HOFE-Members:

    Year of induction, work status, organisational background, involvement in the international umbrella organisation, involvement of HOFE members in the work of IACE Hall of Fame, contributing to the HOFE Network, specific areas of expertise,comments and suggestion for the HOFE. For the .pdf

    Members of the Hall-of-Fame at the
    tenth anniversary of Adult Education Academy in Würzburg (Germany)

    "This is a model of success” the president of Würzburg University (Germany) praised the “Adult Education Academy” at the celebration of the ten years of this program (program-information)). It was founded and is directed by HOF-member Regina Egetenmeyer (HOF 2019) for international master and doctoral students and practitioners with partner universities in Hungary, Italy, India, Nigeria, Portugal, Serbia, and Slovenia. More than 700 doctoral and master students and practitioners, coming from 49 different countries, participated in the ten years.
    Hall-of-Fame-member Prof. Rita Süssmuth (HOF 2006), former President of the German Parliament, delivered the keynote. Several HOF-members have been teaching in the AEA like Arne Carlsen (HOF 2017), Gina Ebner(HOF 2019), Regina Egetenmeyer (HOF 2019), Heribert Hinzen (HOF 2006), Licínio Lima (HOF 2022), Balázs Németh (HOF 2018), Mike Osborne (HOF 2022), Séamus O´Tuama (HOF 2022), Katarina Popovic (HOF 2011), Jost Reischmann (HOF 1999), Sabine Schmidt-Lauff (HOF 2022), Maria Slowey (HOF 2015), Alan Tuckett (HOF 2006), or Raul Valdes-Cotera (HOF 2022).

    HOF-members at the anniversary in Würzburg left to right: Heribert Hinzen, Sabine Schmidt-Lauff,
    Rita Süssmuth, Regina Egetenmeyer-Neher, Jost Reischmann, Séamus O’Tuama. Not in the photo: Balázs Németh

Another Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Europe (after Bamberg 2006, Budapest 2008, Iasi 2014, and Belgrade 2019) took place September 28, 2022 in Cork, Ireland!

The new inductees: Names from left to right:
Front row: Mejai Avoseh (USA) - Larissa Jogi (Estonia) - Laura Bierema (USA) - Michael Osborne (UK) - Nancy Taber (Canada) - Wing On Lee (Singapore) - Linda Morris (USA) - Raul Valdes Cotera (Mexico)
Back row: Niamh O'Reilly (Ireland)- representative of AONTAS - Sabine Schmidt-Lauff (Germany) - Licinio Lima (Portugal) - Andras Benedek (Hungary) - Rolf Arnold (Germany) - Darlene Clover (Canada) - Daphne Ntiri (USA) - Robert Mizzi (Canada) - Seamus O'Tuama (Ireland) - Per Paludan Hansen (Denmark)
More information abut the event   and the program


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