Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and was founded by the Vikings in 841. The city is steeped in history and buzzing with energy. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly cosmopolitan city. Dublin is a thriving centre for culture and is home to a great musical and literary tradition, its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Wilde and Beckett.

The city’s attractions include:

  • castles
  • museums
  • art galleries
  • pubs and cafes

Within half an hour of the city are:

  • mountain walks
  • stately homes and gardens
  • numerous golf courses
  • sandy beaches
  • and fishing villages.

The conference venue is located right in the centre of the city and is very easy to navigate around with everything within walking distance. A city map will be provided in your delegate pack to ensure you are familiar with the city.

There is so much to do in Dublin you will leave needing to come back again to see more! The staff on the registration desk will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and point you in the right direction. The option to purchase tour tickets will be available when you register


Ireland enjoys relatively cool summers. The daily temperature in August is on average 16 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in August with unpredictable rain showers. These rain showers generally don’t last long, but it is recommended that you have an umbrella or light rain gear to hand.


Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street. There is a huge range of products to bring home – from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to international designer labels. Shopping hours in general are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 2.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday. Dundrum Town Centre is a large shopping centre located in South Dublin. The LUAS Green Line serves Dundrum Town Centre from St. Stephens Green to Brides Glen. The Dundrum and Balally stops are only a few minutes-walk from the centre.


The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.

Tax Refunds

Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods. Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee. Ask for cash back form when you make your purchase.

Important Details

Tipping – A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs and bars. Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.
Currency – The currency in Ireland is the Euro.Credit Cards – Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Smoking Policy – Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.
Electricity – 220 volts
Time – From March to October, Ireland operates on Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.
What to Pack – Include smart casual clothes for the conference. Smart attire is recommended for the gala dinner. Rainwear and comfortable shoes are advised.












Professor Karine Vershueren

Karine Verschueren is full professor and head of the research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1996 she obtained her PhD in the domain of developmental psychology. In 2000 she was appointed as professor in school psychology. She investigates the psychosocial and academic development of children and adolescents in schools (e.g., self-esteem, academic engagement), and the risk and protective factors for this development. Specifically, she focuses on the role of teacher-student and peer interactions as contexts for child and adolescent development. She investigates these processes not only in general student populations, but more recently also among highly able students. Her teaching involves developmental and school psychology, including school psychological assessment.


Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Françoys Gagné is from Montreal, Quebec, born October 6, 1940. After skipping three grades, he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy (Psychology) in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1966, both from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career (1978-2001) in the Department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching (1967-1977), he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education, he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions. Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr. Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities.


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Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.


Professor Anne Looney

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year. A former teacher, she completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Education in University College London. In 2014/2015 she was Professorial Research Fellow at the Learning Science Institute Australia, based at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Her current research interests include assessment policy and practice, curriculum, teacher identity and professional standards for teachers and teaching. She has also published on religious, moral and civic education, and education policy. She has conducted reviews for the OECD on school quality and assessment systems. She is a member of the boards of Early Childhood Ireland, and the Ark Cultural Centre for Children.