Christian Fischer (DE) PhD is full professor for Educational Sciences with a focus on School Research: Gifted Education and Individual Promotion at the University of Münster, Germany. He is academic director of the International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) from the Universities of Münster, Osnabrück and Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He also is vice president of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and Program Director of the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted. He is member of the editorial board of the Austrian Journal for Gifted Education. He is involved in gifted education since 2001. His publications focus on gifted education, individual promotion, learning difficulties and self-regulated learning.

Lianne Hoogeveen (NL) is developmental psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, board member of the ‘Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany) and member of the Executive Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) as the Secretary of ECHA. She teaches at Radboud University and is a guest teacher in different other universities, in and outside the Netherlands. She is involved in post-academic education for psychologists and teachers and in individual counselling of gifted children, youngsters and adults from 1991. Lianne conducts scientific research on giftedness and education, and wrote a PhD-thesis on academic acceleration. Concerning research and education, she cooperates with colleagues of other universities, in- and outside the Netherlands. Lianne was elected as The President of the European Talent Centers Accreditation Committee at the first meeting of the committee.

Dr. Kirsi Tirri is a Professor of Education and Research Director at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

In 1962 Prof. Dr. Mönks became a staff member of the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and in 1967 he became full professor of Developmental Psychology and head of the same department.

 

He received a PhD in Education and another in Biology. He is the Professor of Educational Research Methods at the Department of Education of the University of Navarra (Spain).

 

Professor Joan Freeman, PhD, the Founding President of ECHA, is a world expert in the lifetime development of gifts and talents. She is an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds their Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with the gifted and talented, among honours from elsewhere.

 

Johanna M. Raffan MBE, HonLCP, FCoT, FRSA has had many years teaching experience and was a head teacher for 25 years in Nursery, Primary and Middle Schools. She was a founding member of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), is a Past President, was the Founding Director for ten years and is currently a Trustee.

 

Harald Wagner was born in Ratzeburg, Germany in 1943. He studied Psychology at the University of Hamburg and received his Diploma in 1969 and his PhD in 1979. At the University of Hamburg he was engaged in several research projects and in teaching seminars on developmental psychology and methodology.

During his studies political sciences, psychology and pedagogy at the University of Amsterdam, he already focused on learning processes of children. During and after his education at the university he worked at the famous 'psychological lab', founded by the Hungarian experimental psychologist Géza Révész.

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 is Editor-in-Chief of the journal High Ability Studies and member of the editorial board of the German journal of Talent Development.

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