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Outdoor Learning Sector Conference


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Conference Delegate Programme



Get inspiration and the latest thinking and developments from recognised key influencers or experts from outside the sector.


Attend a presentation, seminar or masterclass from a “subject specialist” that stimulates thinking and influences your future research, leadership or practice. The conference will include experts from inside and outside the sector covering:

  • Strategic leadership and governance
  • Research updates and reports from leading academics
  • Finance, HR and business management skills
  • Knowledge and techniques to improve outdoor learning delivery


Listen to and take part in a panel debate or design session that takes a LIVE ISSUE (challenge, opportunity) and creates a conference OUTPUT (healthy discourse, collective view, plan of action).

  • Research and evidence base summit (hosted by IOL)
  • Safety, guidance and quality assurance summit (hosted by BAPA)
  • Workforce development and Professional Standards summit (hosted by IOL)


NEW for 2018 the Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards will recognise programmes or initiatives that have demonstrated good practice or pushed outdoor learning forward. The awards will be launched in May 2018 and categories may include areas such as:

  • Innovative partnership
  • Evidence based research
  • Community impact
  • Lifelong learning


Visit leading product or service providers to the sector in the main Conference atrium - a central space at the heart of all the Conference events. Check out what is new and upcoming to make your outdoor learning even more impactful.


Be part of an open discussion on a set subject area introduced and chaired by a specialist with a breadth of knowledge that covers the subject area.

  • Bushcraft Forum
  • Adventure For All Forum
  • Field Studies Forum
  • Outdoor Therapy Forum


Connect with fellow professionals from across the sector and build partnerships, connections and share your own challenges and expertise. Share a drink and a slice of cake. Together we can make a difference.

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