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IOL National Conferences

Aims of the conference

The conference will explore the role of outdoor learning in tackling global, local, inter-personal and intra-personal development needs. Reflecting our sector’s increasingly integrated approach to development there will be a chance to consider your practice in the light of age-related issues, health & wellbeing issues, economic & environmental sustainability and education beyond the school gate.

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Early Bird Member Bookings now open

Discounts only available to members and until May 31st.
  • FULL IOL Conference - Friday 14th - Saturday 15th including, refreshments and lunches and the IOL Dinner on Friday evening plus en-suite B&B. All rooms are en-suite. Early Bird Member rate £215 (saves £20) BOOK NOW
  • FULL IOL + AHOEC Conference - Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th including, refreshments and lunches and the Dinners on Thursday (AHOEC) and on Friday (IOL) evening plus en-suite B&B. All rooms are en-suite. Early Bird Member rate £375 (saves £30) BOOK NOW
  • FULL AHOEC Conference - Thursday 13th - Friday 14th including, refreshments and lunches and the AHOEC Dinner Thursday, plus en-suite B&B. All rooms are en-suite. Early Bird Member rate £215 (saves £20) BOOK NOW
  • You can also book B&B for the Thursday to arrive the evening before the IOL Conference. £65.

Thursday 13th October

Friday 14th October

Saturday 15th October
  • AHOEC Conference Registrations
  • AHOEC Business Meetings

  • IOL Conference Registrations
  • Keynote Speakers
  • IOL Presentations
  • The NEW IOL Professional Standards
  • Masterclasses

  • The NEW IOL 7 Steps to CPD Guide
  • Morning Workshops
  • IOL Professional Group Meetings
  • Meet the IOL Team
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • Meet the IOL Team
  • Conference closing
  • IOL Business Meeting

  • IOL Special Interest Group Meetings

  • AHOEC Conference Dinner
  • IOL Steering Group Meeting

  • IOL Conference Dinner
  • Conference Speaker

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Conference Programme

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Exhibitor Information

Promote your products & services to the Outdoor sector
The IOL National Conference is the ideal platform to showcase your product or service to our industry. This year we have joined with AHOEC to make the most of your time. We dedicate time in the programme for networking and exhibition attendance as we recognise its value.

There is both indoor and outdoor space should you wish to structure time into the programme to demonstrate your kit. There are also several SPONSORSHIP opportunities to further promote your organisation.

Present at the IOL Conference

This is the premier event for presenters who want to share their knowledge and experience with outdoor learning professionals.
  • Presentations and masterclasses on Friday will have a strong link to the conference themes and support leaders or strategic decision makers.
  • Workshops on Saturday will have a strong link to practice and appeal to outdoor leaders, teachers, instructors, managers or advisors.
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Presenter pack

Conference 2012 Keynotes
Keynote Speakers: Dr Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk.

    With the Olympics upon us, is there anything Outdoor Learning can take from the world of sport?

    How a pupil or employee or colleague responds to stressors can make a big difference to their ability to learn, collaborate or be creative or productive. The outdoor learning community is well placed to support a wide population of businesses, schools and colleges.

    IOL’s national conference on 12 & 13th October will provide presentation and debate on lessons to be drawn from the sports world’s work on the measurement and development of mental toughness. This a good opportunity to consider questions such as:

    • How do outdoor learning practitioners explore the issues of challenge and response to stressors?
    • Are we too passive in considering resilience?
    • Are we clear about the implications of using ‘challenge by choice for outdoor learning in adventurous environments?
    • How do we help those we work with develop their awareness of their own resilience and mental toughness and the ways in which that may be developed?

    Dr Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk will speak on Friday 12th explaining the research and development that has led to the use of a model of mental toughness in sport, education and the business world. The conference will be asked to consider the lessons that may be drawn for the outdoor learning community from this journey.

    Dr Peter Clough is a leading authority on the application of Mental Toughness across a wide spectrum of sectors and countries. Peter has taken a concept developed and used in sports and made it accessible to all. He is an academic based at Hull University, has published widely and has many international speaking engagements.

    Doug Strycharczyk has worked with Peter since the mid-90s and has played a key role in developing a model to measure and raise awareness of mental toughness. Doug has been central to the wider use of the MTQ48 measure, a tool to measure mental toughness, including the education and youth work sectors. He is currently working with a small number of IOL senior practitioners and is the MD of AQR, a UK based enterprise developing and distributing academically tested tools to support the development of young people.

IOL Conference 2014 - films

Prof. John Ashton, Keynote Speech 

Neal Anderson, IOL Professional Standards Manager: Considering some research findings around health & wellbeing

IOL Conference Photos