Adult education and learning for social change in the 19th-20th centuries: Ideas, movements, and circulation of knowledge

Convenors:      Françoise  F. Laot + Kirsi Ahonen

Organizer:          bifeb / VÖV

Host:                    Federal Institute for Adult Education (bifeb)
                              Bürglstein 1-7
                              5360 St.Wolfgang, Austria

Fee:                      € 100,- to € 350,-

The seminar will start on Monday 3 July at 5 p.m. with a welcome reception and an opening session. It will end on Friday 7 July at 12.30, after which it is possible to have lunch. From Tuesday to Friday, the programme contains presentations, discussions on the basis of papers and social activities.

This seminar is intended as an intensive intellectual exchange and mutual learning and it offers a possibility to discussion and social interaction. The benefits of the seminar will be fully realized for everyone when participants stay there for its entire duration to take part in all discussions.

It works on the basis of:

  1. dissemination of the papers prior to the seminar
  2. a short presentation by each author of his/her key ideas
  3. comments by a discussant (chosen within the group of participants) followed by
  4. general discussion, when the author can respond to the comments of the discussant and other participants
  5. discussion is intended to assist authors in preparing a revised paper for inclusion in an edited volume of selected papers following the seminar.

Therefore, it is important that everyone has access to all papers and has time to read them.
Submission of abstracts has ended and information on this website is for those accepted to present a paper.


          Time: 03.07.2023 - 07.07.2023                                                         Early bird price: 16.01. – 15.03.2023     
          Deadline for registration: 31.03.2023                                          Deadline for full papers: 01.05.2023
          Contact: and

          Early registration fees (15.01. -15.03.2023) / later registration fees (16.03-31.03.2023)
          ESREA members:                                      € 200/ € 250
          Non-ESREA members:                             € 300/ € 350
          PH.D. Students/non-institutional:          € 100/ € 150
          The fee includes accommodation and meals.                                                                                            

          Please pay your registration fee on this bank account:

          Federal Institute for Adult Education (bifeb)
          IBAN: AT25 0100 0000 0503 0532
          BIC: BUNDATWW, VAT: ATU37979103

          If you need an invoice, please mention it in the registration form (Important notes)


The Federal Institute for Adult Education (bifeb) is the competence centre for further development and professionalization of adult education in Austria.

At bifeb you will find the largest subject-specific library in the field of adult education in Austria promoting intellectual and scientific debate.

The institute is a place of learning in a breathtaking natural setting at Lake Wolfgang. The spacious facility offers an atmosphere of tranquility - ideal for leisure, reflection, and creativity - as well as proximity to sites of tradition, culture and customs (St. Wolfgang, Bad Ischl, Salzburg). 


Arrival by plane (nearest airports)

    Via Salzburg (55 km)
    Via Linz (120 km)
    Via Munich (190 km)
    Via Vienna (305 km)

Participants arriving in Vienna or Munich must take a train to Salzburg before changing to the bus to Strobl. The bus station is situated opposite the Salzburg train station.

Arrival by train and bus

from Salzburg (45 km) or Bad Ischl (12 km) with direct bus connections to Strobl
Train timetable information:
Bus timetable information:

A free shuttle service between bifeb and the bus station at Strobl is available at the following times:
Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.
In case of need, please contact our reception.

The walking distance between bifeb and Strobl bus station is about 10 minutes.

Arrival by car

Westautobahn A1 (exit Regau, Thalgau or Mondsee) - via the Wolfgangsee-Bundesstraße (B 158) - exit Strobl Ost,  approx. 1 km in the direction of St. Wolfgang (L 116),  turn left towards Bürglstein - after 650 m you will reach bifeb.
On site you will find sufficient free parking spaces. We offer an e-charging point for electric cars free of charge (please bring the appropriate adapter).


Book a taxi by calling +43 (0) 6137 7367 (Riedl) or +43 (0) 6137 6711 (Christof-Reisen).

Reception opening hours

Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please contact us in advance if you arrive outside opening hours.

Reception contact
+43 (0) 6137 6621 - 0
We look forward to your call!

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bifeb -  der Lernort am See 

Unsere Teilnehmenden finden am bifeb einen Lernort in atemberaubender Naturkulisse am Wolfgangsee. Die größte fachspezifische Bibliothek im Bereich der Erwachsenenbildung in Österreich fördert die entsprechende intellektuelle und wissenschaftliche Auseinandersetzung.

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