Eleonoor van GervenDrs. Eleonoor Van Gerven

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James Stewartstraat, 13 Almere 1325 JA The Netherlands

Drs. Eleonoor Van Gerven studied the history and philosophy of education (educational sciences) at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). She is the managing director of Slim! Educatief, a Dutch private teacher education institute at postgraduate level. Eleonoor van Gerven specialises in teacher education courses on educating able learners in an inclusive environment. She is a registered teacher educator at the Dutch Society for Teacher Educators. In her daily practice, she delivers short training courses for beginners in gifted education, masterclasses, and intensive advanced training courses for specialists in gifted education.

She developed for her own company two advanced education courses at post-master level: “Specialist in Gifted Education” (one-year course, 450 hours) and “Specialist in Dual and Multiple Exceptionality” (two-year course, 340 hours) both accredited and registered by the Dutch Society for Higher Education (Stichting Post-HBO Nederland). In 2018-2019, a new advanced teacher education course starts with the first cohort of students: “Educating able underachievers.” For these projects, she developed the competency matrix for Specialists in Gifted Education (2011). She also developed for Fontys Hogescholen their original Master EN programme on gifted education (2009).

Eleonoor has published (in Dutch) more than 15 books about educating able learners. Eleonoor van Gerven has over 25 years of experience in teacher education. During these 25 years, more than 4000 teachers have joined her courses and masterclasses. Eleonoor van Gerven has won a Mensa-award for a lifelong contribution to education in The Netherlands.

Luxemburg-Lony-SchlitzLony Schiltz
10, Rue Gabriel de Marie
L-2131 Luxembourg
Phone: 00352 433668
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Lony Schiltz  is a clinical psychologist , psychotherapist and arts therapist
Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University René Descartes-Paris-V (F)
Habilitation to Direct Research (HdR) at the University Paul Verlaine-Metz (F)
Head of the Research Unit in Clinical Psychology (PCSA) of the Hôpital Kirchberg in Luxembourg (CHU University of Heidelberg, D)

Head of studies of the Master curriculum “DESS en Art thérapie de l’Université du Luxembourg”

Head of studies of the "Diplôme de spécialisation en Art thérapie multimodale" and of the "Diplôme de spécialisation en Psychothérapie à médiation artistique "

Several completed research projects in the realm of highly gifted underachievers, funded by the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the National Research Fund of Luxembourg. Many international publications related to those projects.

Visiting professor at the University René-Descartes Paris-V (DU and Master in Arts therapies), University Paul-Verlaine Metz (Master in Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology), University Marie-Curie Lublin (Pl) (Master in Psychology), Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg (D) (International Master in Arts Therapies).

National correspondent for the report: “Schulische Begabtenförderung in Europa. Bestandsaufnahme und Ausblick“, published by the „Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung“ (D).

Reviewer for several French, English and American journals in psychiatry and clinical psychology.

External expert for the E. C. (Framework programme Horizon 2020)

Peru-Sheyla-BlumenProf. Dr. Sheyla Blumen
146 Pasaje Prescott
San Isidro, Lima 27
Tel. +511 265 8652
Fax + 511 421 5871
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Sheyla Blumen is Full Professor of Psychology at the Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), she obtained her Ph.D. at Radboud University Nijmegen. Dr. Blumen was the recipient of the 2011 Multi-Nation Eisenhower Fellowship, the 2008 Templeton International Fellowship in Gifted Education, and the 2005 Global Development Network (GDN) Award for Young Researchers in Applied Education, among other recognitions received for her academic and professional work in Peru. Her research areas are related to Creativity, Gifted Talent Development, as well as ICT applied to human learning. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Revista de Psicología, and President of the Committee of Curriculum Design in Psychology at the PUCP. Director of Mente Futura Foundation, dedicated to support the gifted and talented at risk in Peru, she is the National Correspondent of Peru/Latin America to the European Council for High Ability, as well as the Peruvian Delegate to the Inter-American Society of Psychology.

italy-RoncoroniDr. Anna Maria Roncoroni
Via Maragliano 5/7
16121 Genova - Italy.
Phone: 00393498288893
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She is a Neuropsychologist and has Ph. D. in General Psychology. She is the founder and president of the Italian Association for Gifted and Talented Children. Since 2008, she is the Italian correspondent of ECHA and from September 2012 member of the General Committee of ECHA.

Since 2001, she has been the responsible of the Italian Gifted Children Programme of Mensa Italy. In 2013 she received the International Award for benefit to Society of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation for her work with gifted and talented students during the previous decade. All her professional career has been dedicated to gifted students: in particular she is an expert in cognitive evaluation and inside the association she is the responsible of the creation and organization of the events.

Her research activities are based on the study of intelligence and mathematical giftedness.

Hungary-Csilla-FuszekCsilla Fuszek
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Csilla Fuszek worked for over 15 years as a teacher in primary, secondary and higher education.
Since 2000 she has focused and become specialized in the field of gifted and talented education. As a civil servant she worked for 7 years as a managing director of nationwide talent development programmes aimed at promoting equal opportunities to the disadvantaged strata of society.

From 2007 – 2011 she was the managing director of the Csányi Foundation which is one of the biggest civil education foundations focusing on talent support in Hungary.

She has been a lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University since 2008 and since 2009 she has been working for the Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations. Initially she was responsible for establishing international connections and for collecting best practices outside and inside Europe. More recently Csilla has become responsible for the newly formed European Talent Centre – Budapest.

Greece-Aikaterini-GariAikaterini D. Gari
University of Athens
Tel. +30 1 72 77 555
Fax +30 1 72 77 534
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Aikaterini Gari is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her main interests include attitudes and values, community well-being, socio-psychological dimensions of contemporary families and the Greek dual-career family, and social psychology of education issues such as the socio-psychological characteristics of children and adolescents with high abilities, identification processes, the school community members attitudes towards the gifted and talented and attitudes towards the gifted with learning difficulties.

She has coordinated, as programme director, many research projects financed by the University of Athens (1997-2009) and participated in various projects financed by the Greek Ministry of Education (1999-2008) as a member of the scientific committee. Since 2007, she is the Programme Director for Greece of the “European Value Study” (EVS) and since 2002, she is National Correspondent of the “European Council for High Ability” (ECHA). She has also been a member of the International Organizing Committee of the 8th Conference of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), Rhodes, Greece, 9-13 October, 2002. She co-chaired, with Kostas Mylonas, the 18th International Congress of the “International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology”, on the isle of Spetses, 11-15 July 2006.

She is a full member of four international and three national psychological associations. She has published more than 40 papers, in peer reviewed books, international and Greek journals, and in congress proceedings.

Germany-Annette-HeinbokelDr. Annette Heinbokel, Dipl. Paed.
Bismarckstr. 100
28203 Bremen
+49 – 421 69675131
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Annette Heinbokel, PhD, Dipl. Paed., is a retired teacher. She was the driving force behind the founding of the German Association for Gifted Children (DGhK; 1978). While still teaching, enrichment was more important than acceleration, because that was what most of the parents and the children wanted. Her research, however, concerns mostly acceleration because from her experience - and research! - that it is a good option for children who lack challenge - if handled properly. She started a German website on the subject: www.netzwerk-akzeleration.de

From 1994-2006 she lectured on gifted education at the University of Osnabrück.

She is an honorary member of the DGhK, besides a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talentet Children (WCGTC; since 1977), ECHA (of course!) and the Arbeitskreis Begabungsforschung und Begabungsförderung (ABB). She has been the editor of ECHA News since 2004.

Finland-Risto-HotulainenRisto Hotulainen
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 26 (Teollisuuskatu 23)
FI-00014 Helsinki
tel: +358-9-191 44683
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Risto Hotulainen, PhD, University Lecturer at the University of Helsinki. Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Department of Teacher Education - Special Education.

Education and work experience: Master of Science from the University of Joensuu, Finland, 1994. Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Munich, Germany, 2000. Worked six years as a form teacher between the years 1993–2002. PhD. (Special Education) from the University of Joensuu, Finland, 2003. Since September 2004 he has worked as university lecturer.

Currently (2011–2014) working in the project “Think Science and Math” funded by the Finnish the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Board member of the Finnish national project (2008- ) run by the Finnish National Board of Education "Supporting talent and special strengths of learner.

His research interests are: attention, thinking skills, talent and expert development, self-concept, strengths, motivation, and self-worth.

Estonia Viire SeppViire Sepp
Institute of Education
University of Tartu
Näituse 2
50409 Tartu
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Viire Sepp is visiting lecturer in gifted education at University of Tartu, actually she is acting as the head of departement of the Special Education of the Institute of Education. Considerable part of her professional career was assotiated with developing the Gifted and Talented Development Centre (nowadays Youth Academiy) of the University of Tartu. Since 2004 she has annually organised conferences and seminars on giftedness in Estonia. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and workshops, and is an acknowledged lecturer in teacher training courses. She has published numerous articles, book chapters and is the author of the handbook on giftedness and gifted children. She is the prize winner of educational publications and the National Award for Science Popularisation. In 2016 she initiated establishing nation wide compentence and information centre on giftedness and talent development – Estonian Talent Centre (ETC), and is member of Board of this NGO. Since Nov 2016 ETC is member of the European Talent Support Network.

Viire studied mathematics and psychology at the University of Tartu and has PhD in social sciences from Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). Her interests in research are academic Olympiads and motivational and personality factors of gifted children. She is the delegate of Estonia at the WCGTC. Her leisure hobbies are singing and the theatre.

England Johanna M. RaffanJohanna M. Raffan
NACE, National Centre
P.O. Box 242, Arnolds Way
Oxford 0X 29FR, UK
Tel. +44 1865 861879
Fax +44 1865 861880
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Johanna Raffan is a Trustee for the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), she is a founder member and a Past President. She had thirty four years experience of working in Nursery, Primary and Middle schools, and was a headteacher for twenty five years. She was a member of the ECHA Executive and Secretary for 8 years, and is now an Honorary Member. She is the UK delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Her experiences in the field of gifted education over 40 plus years has led her to lecture throughout the world and she was the Consultant for More Able and Talented education for five years to the Government of Madeira and ten years for the Government of Wales. She has written numerous articles, contributed chapters to a number of books and published materials for use by Able, Gifted and Talented pupils.

Johanna is a Fellow of The College of Teachers and is currently Vice President and Secretary, with particular responsibility for all the College's EU Projects

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Federation Councillor for Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland.

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