Invited speakers

We have invited the following invited speakers for giving a speech in the schedule of the conference programme. We believe you will find their presentations interesting. At this page you can see their career details as well as the focus of their professional work.



 Willy Peters, PhD. - the Netherlands. Dr. Willy Peters worked as a secretary of the Local Organizing Committee of the Ninth World Conferen­ce on Gifted and Talented Children, The Hague July 29 - August 2, 1991. He is the trainer of teachers for the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted. In the period of 1993 - 2000 he was a member of the ‘Platform Giftedness', a group of specialist who advise the Dutch National Ministry of Education on matters concerning giftedness. In 1998 he finished his Ph.D. project 'Development of Self-Concept in Chinese and Dutch Gifted and Non-gifted Children and Adolescents'. In the period of 1996 - 2007 he was teaching university courses for the training program in Special Education (Development and Learning). Since 1998 to 2005 he worked as a counseling psychologist at the Center for the Study of Giftedness at the University of Antwerp in Antwerp (Belgium). From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the Steering Committee for the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted. At that period of time he was also a coordinator of the counseling center of the Center for the Study of Giftedness at the University of Nijmegen. Since 2001 he has been a scientific advisor of the CCB (Competence Center Begabtenförderung) Düsseldorf (Germany). Since 2007 he has been working as a behavioral specialist in the Youth Protection Council Roermond.


 Assoc. Prof. Daniela Ostatnikova, MD, PhD. - Slovakia. Daniela Ostatnikova is Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathophysiology at Comenius University Medical Faculty in Bratislava Slovakia. She lectures for medical students since 1993 on topics of higher nervous functions of human brain, on biological basis of intelligence and gender differences in cognitive functions. She worked as an executive in Da Vinci Foundation that was created for supporting the research of giftedness and gifted in Slovakia. She was the first to publish on biological correlates of intellectual giftedness in Slovak population of intellectually gifted children. She is the author of more than hundred research articles. Her research covers topics related to the effects of testosterone on cognitive abilities in humans and experimental animals, genetic factors influencing relationship between testosterone and cognition. Recently her research team at Comenius University has focused on studying genetic, hormonal and metabolic factors in etiology of autism in Slovak population.


 RNDr. Stanislav Zelenda - The Czech Republic. Stanislav Zelenda is a founder of the Laboratory of Distance Education at The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Charles University in Prague. Heworks consistently on using of ICT for education and learning in physics, science and in teacher training. He looks for systematic ways of improvement and creation of learning opportunities in science. For lastyear has concentrated on ways of identification and development of gifted children in science by applying his experience with online methods of communication, collaboration and learning among children, university students and teachers. In these national and international experimental-developmental-research activities he cooperates with scientists, science teachers and psychologists. Project Talnet is an experimental implementation of the result of his effort.


 PD Dr. Christian Fischer - Germany. Christian Fischer is Assistant Professor for Educational Research and Director of the International Center for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) from the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Nijmegen (The Netherlands), which concentrates on Research, Gifted Education and Teacher Training. He is also Program Director of the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted and Member of the General Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). Fischer received his Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification from the University of Münster. His Doctoral thesis focusses of Gifted Children with Dyslexia and his Post Doctoral thesis concentrates on Learning Strategies in Gifted Education. His professional Backround includes theoretical Studies in Psychology and Educational Research and practical Experiences as a Psychologist and Teacher especially in the area of gifted education, learning difficulties and strategies of self-regulated learning.



 Todd Lubart, PhD. - France. Todd Lubart is Professor of psychology at Université René Descartes-Paris 5 and in charge of the differential psychology teaching group (7 faculty) and the "cognition and differentiation" research group. He was a president of the pedagogical commission (2002-2004), coordinator of international exchanges (with North America), member of the Institute of Psychology "conseil de gestion" (business and academic decision making council), member of the recruitment committee for psychology. He has run many academic activities within his home university or in cooperation with other universities and organistation. In the period of 1985 - 1987 he collaborated at GTE Research Laboratories (General Telephone and Electronics), in 1991-1993 worked as a staff consultant in Yale University, Statistical Laboratory, In 1994-1995 was a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Paris 5, in the area of developmental and differential psychology. He teaches courses on Differential psychology, Creativity, Cognitive psychology and Social psychology, Intelligence and creativity, personality and cognitive styles, Mental representation and Practical aspects of the scientific world. He is a member of American Psychological Association International affiliate, French Psychological Society, World Council on Gifted and Talented and ECHA.



 PhDr. Jana Jurášková PhD. - Slovakia. Jana Jurášková is assistant professor at Pedagogical Faculty of Komensky University in Bratislava. She is also chief adviser of Ministry of Education in Slovakia concerning educating gifted children diagnostic institutions and compensatory education institutes. She is very experienced in teaching gifted children in basic and secondary school. Her dissertation work dealt with spontaneous manifestation of gifted children during school classes. Dr. Jurášková cooperates in creating theorethical and practical basis for pedagogy for gifted children in Slovakia, she writes educational materials for gifted children and conducts courses for teachers working with such children. She lectured many courses concerning diagnostics and recongizing gifted children and courses dealing with comparing exprerience and attitudes in different countries. She published two monographies, methodical materials for teachers and many articles in various journals.

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