Chair of Scientific Committee: Professor Albert Ziegler

Albert Ziegler, PhD, is Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is the Founding Director of the State-wide Counseling and Research Centre for the Gifted. He has published approx. 350 books, chapters and articles in the fields of talent development and educational psychology. Presently he serves as the Secretary-General of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), as Vice-President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and as Chairman of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). He is Editor-in-Chief of the High Ability Studies, the scholarly journal of the ECHA.

Professor Alaa Ayoub

Alaa Ayoub is an professor of Measurement, Evaluation and Educational Statistics at Aswan University, Egypt, and Gifted Education Department, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain. He has published many studies, books, book sections, and peer reviewed articles on the identification and services of gifted students. He has made many contributions in international projects and preparing scientific scales and tests. Prof. Ayoub has received multiple awards for his professional and administrative work in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and United Arab Emirates. Ayoub is a member of International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). His research interests are in the identification of gifted students and statistical programs.

Professor Sheyla Blumen Cohen

Full Professor of Psychology at the PUCP, Editor of the Revista de Psicología (Journal of Psychology), and Board Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the PUCP. She organized the Interdisciplinary Research Group Crea Talentum at the PUCP, and was instrumental in the development of the scientific model for the Boarding Academy of Arts and Science for the Highly Able coming from poverty conditions in Peru. She has been recognized with the Innovation Award in College Teaching (2015), as well as with the PUCP Research Award on 2013, 2014, and 2015. Nationally, she has received several recognitions in the areas of Scientific Publishing (2008), Educational Psychology (2010), and Life-career in teaching and research in Educational Psychology (2014). Internationally, she has been awarded the World Bank/GDN Award for Young Scientist in Applied Education (2005), the Belin-Blank/Templeton International Fellowship on Gifted Education (2008), and the Eisenhower Fellowships (EF, 2011). Chair of the 35th Inter-American Conference of Psychology, she is invited keynote at international conferences, and has been invited professor at the following universities: Universidade de Brasilia, Universidade Catolica de Brasilia, Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de La Frontera-Chile, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, and Harvard University/School of Education.

Dr. Catriona Ledwith

Dr. Catriona Ledwith works as Academic Coordinator at the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland. She has been involved with the Centre since 1998, starting out as a residential assistant while at university.   Catriona has a B.Sc. in Chemistry with French and an H.Dip in Education, and taught many chemistry courses with CTYI. She holds a M.Sc. in Education and Training Management and was awarded a PhD in Gifted Education in 2013. Her thesis on dual enrolment brought about the first dual enrolment programme for gifted students in Ireland. Here 15 year old students have the opportunity to study first year university modules in parallel lectures. The programme has now developed from its pilot into a full time programme at CTYI, where last year over 170 students participated.
Catriona has a strong interest in supporting and providing for gifted young people, and continues her research in the area of acceleration.

Dr. Mojca Juriševič

Dr. Mojca Juriševič is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education. Her research interests span the fields of learning and teaching with studies focusing on topics such as motivation to learn, self-concept, creativity, gifted education, portfolio development, mentoring, and teacher professional development. She has been involved in many research projects and she has published books, chapters and papers in both national and international peer-reviewed periodicals. She is the Head of the Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness at the Faculty of Education University of Ljubljana. She is active in different scientific and professional organizations on National and International level. She is a member of the Council of the European Talent Support Network and a National Coordinator of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She serves as the Chair of the division “Psychologists in Education” of the Slovenian Psychologists’ Association. She is also an affiliated member of the American Psychological Association.

Professor Victor Müller-Oppliger

Victor Mueller-Oppliger has been a teacher and school principal for thirteen years before he became a professor at the University of Education and Teacher Training of Northwestern Switzerland (PH FHNW). Studies in Special Education and Educational Psychology. Focus areas include; ‘gifted education and talent development‘, ‘identification‘,‘self regulated learning‘, ‘learning architectures for differentiated and personalized learning‘, ‘coaching and mentoring in learning processes‘. He is Program Director of the International Master study program ‘Integrative Education of Gifted and Talent Development‘ at this university in cooperation with the University of Connecticut. He is also a guest lecturer in gifted education in several international universities.

Professor Kyungbin Park

Kyungbin Park is a full professor at Gachon University. She is currently the President of The Asia-Pacific Federation for Giftedness (APFG). She also served as the President for Korean Society for the Gifted (2012-2015). She has worked to implement the law for gifted education in Korea, and is a member in the advisory committee to several national organizations in Korea on gifted education. Her main interest areas are in creativity, intelligence, socio-emotional development and gifted education in early childhood. She has written articles and books on identification, evaluation, trends of research, assessment tools, characteristics and intercultural comparisons in gifted education.

Professor Jonathan Plucker

Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works at the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia. His research examines education policy and talent development, and his recent books include Exceptional Gaps in Education with Scott Peters, Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education with Carolyn Callahan, and Intelligence 101 with Amber Esping. He is an APA and AAAS Fellow and recipient of the Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from APA and Distinguished Scholar Award from NAGC.

Dr. Jennifer Riedl Cross

Jennifer Riedl Cross, Ph.D. is the Director of Research at the William & Mary Center for Gifted Education. Dr. Cross holds a doctorate in educational psychology with a specialty in cognitive and social processes. She is the co-editor, with Tracy L. Cross, of the Handbook for Counselors Serving Students with Gifts and Talents. Her research in the field emphasizes the social aspects of gifted education, from individual coping with the stigma of giftedness to attitudes toward giftedness and gifted education.

Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is chair professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She was Editor-in-Chief of High Ability Studies from 2007 to 2014 and is a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development. She also is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) and a member of the scientific board of the Austrian Centre of Giftedness Research. Her publications include articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher training.

Professor Javier Touron

Javier Touron is vice-rector of Innovation and Educational Development at the International University of La Rioja-UNITE since September 2015. Javier is a professor of research methods and diagnosis in education and holds a doctorate in education studies and biological sciences. He founded and was director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTYI) Spain and has previously been president of ECHA as well as being a member of the National Advisory Board of CTY America based in John Hopkins University. He has been a professor for 37 years and has published more than 150 research papers and is author and co-author of 30 books and book chapters, many of them dedicated to high ability and talent development, as well as the evaluation of education systems.

Professor Wilma Vialle

Wilma Vialle is a Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interests are predominantly in the nature of intelligence and creativity, with a particular focus on giftedness. She is the Chief Editor of the journal ‘Talent Development and Excellence’ and is on the editorial board of several international journals. Wilma is also on the Executive Board of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). In 2006, she was awarded the Eminent Australian award by the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) for her contributions to gifted education.











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.