Invitation to the 2017 Biennial Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)

Cutting-Edge Research on Talent Development

IRATDE Invitation


The Hamden Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance announces the 2017 Biennial Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)

(Cutting-Edge Research on Talent Development)

which is being jointly organized by the Hamdan Award and the IRATDE.

For more information and registration, please visit the website



Highly Gifted: Welcome To My World! with Sue Jackson

A special symposium – unique for Europe –
about highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted children and teens

On Friday 29th September and Saturday 30th September a very special event will take place in The Netherlands.

Renata Hamsikova (ECHA), in cooperation with Joyce Luider (ECHA), is organising one of a kind international symposium.

The speaker P. Susan (Sue) Jackson from Daimon Institute, Vancouver, Canada, the creator of the widely praised documentary “Rise”, will share her knowledge and experience through lectures and workshops.

This symposium is centred around research, education and admiration of the beautiful minds of our intelligent children and teenagers. Since you or your organisation is or could be involved in the societal theme “giftedness” we want to draw your attention to this symposium. The symposium will focus on the remarkable world of highly gifted children and teenagers, and their individual needs.

Why is this event important?

Exceptional Giftedness is a way of experiencing, perceiving, thinking and creating that is fundamentally different from a more typical human experience.

And, it might not be what you think it is . . .

Extraordinarily gifted students, who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests, or who show the potential for exceptional performance in leadership, visual or performing arts, creative or productive thinking, entrepreneurship and technical know-how are, arguably, the most underserved in today’s education system.

The current inability of most educators to identify and even minimally address their needs leaves the HPG student anxious, frustrated, and otherwise functionally disabled in the classroom and in life. This is a tragedy for the child and his or her family, and a profound waste of astonishing human potential and creative capacity. As well, many physicians, psychologists, counselors, coaches and support workers are uninformed about those characteristics of exceptionally gifted children that may mimic aspects of a typical mental illness profile.

This lack of awareness could result in an ill-fated misdiagnosis.

Further, untrained professionals might also struggle to make an accurate diagnosis for exceptionally gifted children who, though remarkably talented, have language processing difficulties, and may need accommodations for best results.

Exceptionally gifted children have uncommon and extraordinary methods of perceiving, thinking and producing that are not easily pigeonholed. They are easily misunderstood, at their peril.

It is essential that we provide professionals, families, policy makers and educators of all stripes with crucial knowledge and guidance to support this extraordinary tribe of children. It is essential that we work together to form a strong network of committed laypersons and professionals, world-wide, who have their best interests at heart.

Information and registration

The first participants from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe have already applied. Read everything you want to know about the symposium’s contents and apply in a timely manner. You will receive valuable insights regarding highly gifted children and teenagers.

If you have any questions about the symposium or giftedness, please contact us via .


Renata Hamsikova and Joyce Luider-Veenstra, both ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education, organisers of the symposium.

The organizer of the event Highly Gifted: Welcome To My World! is IeKu Advies,,

Conference: Identifying the Gifted and Work with them in Education


Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana (CRSN) organizes

on the 21st and 22nd September 2017

a 2nd International Professional-Research Meeting/Conference

Individuals and institutions that address giftedness, Talent Points within the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) as well as educators, teachers, teachers/professors mentors, and researchers who deal with the talented and would like to exchange experience in this field, gain new knowledge and make new acquaintances, are kindly invited to attend.

The objectives of the conference are as follows:

  • Presentations of individual institutions – Talent Points within the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) and their practices and challenges of working with the gifted.
  • Exchange of experience and expertise, research ideas with regard to the identification, promotion and work with the gifted at the national and international levels, and in various fields, e.g. natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, mathematics, art, sports, computer science, technology.
  • Learning of and networking between agencies with similar professional or research interests.
  • Cultivating a learning community of experts for quality teaching, based on the promotion of the learning potentials of the gifted.

The two-day conference programmme with international participants will comprise various forms of work:

Plenary lectures delivered by: Dr. Fani Nolimal (Zavod RS za šolstvo), Dr. Željko Rački (Fakultet za odgojne i obrazovne znanosti, Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku; Talent Point), Dr. Colm O’Reilly (Centre for Talented Youth Irland, City University Dublin; Talent Centre), Dr. Heidrun Stoeger (Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädagogik und Sportwissenschaft, Universität Regensburg; Talent Centre)

Round tables held on: 21 September 2017: Voice of the Youth: The Gifted on their Education and Future, and on 22 September 2017: Research with the Gifted.

– Presentations – individual contributions and postersTalent Points, Talent Centres, and individual thematic sections (kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, other educational / research institutions).

– Informal socializing and getting to know each other during the conference.

On Saturday, 23 September 2017, an excursion will be organized. A small contribution from the participants will be expected.

The early registration fee for the participants of the Talent Points amounts to EUR 40, and EUR 80 for all other participant. After 3 July 2017 there will be a uniform fee of EUR 100. The fee includes the basic conference expenses (snacks and beverages during breaks, lunch and materials). Students, pensioners and the unemployed shall be exempt from the fee.

The fee is to be paid to the account TRR SI56 0110 0603 0706 731 ( 291254) or the invoice data may be e-mailed to or sent to the address: CRSN, Pedagoška fakulteta UL, Kardeljeva ploščad 16, 1000 Ljubljana.

Conference applications are accepted online:

All the attendees are kindly invited to actively participate in the conference and to present their work and experiences. The deadline for the submission of the title of the article and a brief summary of the content presentation (100-150 words) in Slovenian and English via the web link is May the 15th 2017. All active participants will be awarded a Certificate of active participation in the international conference, graded according to the Rules on Promotion to Professional Titles in Education (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 54/2002 and amendments).

 Additional information is available on the e-mail : or on the phone: 01 5892 353.

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You are invited to present your work and experience of the work with the gifted at the conference, and to become part of the professional and learning community within the European Talent Support Network (ETSN).

We expect the participation of colleagues from Slovenia and other European countries, the Talent Centres and Talent Points.

On behalf of the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, and CRSN we cordially welcome you and look forward to meeting you,


Assoc prof. Dr. Mojca Juriševič

Head of CRSN

Assoc. prof. Dr. Janez Vogrinc

Dean of the Faculty of Education

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