Educating Gifted and Talented Children – Turning Research Into Practice

Academic Conference Committee

Ole Kyed, Denmark, Chairman
Tina Refning, Denmark, Secretary

Poul Nissen, Denmark
Kirsi Tirri, Finland
Julia L. Roberts, USA
Klaus Urban, Germany

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Ole Kyed – Educational psychologist at the Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbaek. Authorized psychologist with his private practice. During the last 25 years Ole has focused on gifted children and their special needs. He has written many articles and held many lectures about the theme. He has written the book – The Intelligent Children (2007) and has been co-author of the books – Gifted Children (2005) – The Work with Talents in the Danish Schools (2008) – Talents in School (2011) and Clever, More Clever, Most Clever (2014)
 Tina Refning Tina Refning, Denmark, Secretary
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 Personale foto fra AU Poul Nissen, Denmark
Poul Nissen, PhD, licensed psychologist, specialist and supervisor in clinical psychology and psychotherapy in private practice and associate professor, Aarhus University, Copenhagen. He has authored almost 200 publications among those several books in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English. In recent year he has conducted outcome research within the fields of special needs education, juvenile delinquents, residential treatment and gifted children.
Dr. Kirsi Tirri is a Professor of Education and Research Director at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is also a visiting scholar with the Stanford Center on Adolescence, USA. Tirri has been the President of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) for the years 2008-2012. She has also been the President of the SIG International Studies at AERA (American Educational Research Association) for the years 2010-2013. Her research interests include moral and religious education, gifted education, teacher education and cross-cultural studies. She has published 12 monographs and numerous journal articles related to these fields. She has led the Finnish team in many national and international research projects.
 Julia Julia L. Robert, USA
Julia Link Roberts, Ed.D., is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Dr. Roberts is a member of the Executive Committee for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
 Klaus K  Urban 6 (2) a by Ki Taek Ceong Klaus K. Urban, Germany
Dr. Klaus K. Urban is a professor emeritus of Psychology in Special Education at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Giftedness and creativity are two of his main areas of research and teaching.  Currently he is the founder/director of “ifabb” (Institute for applied diagnostics of giftedness and fostering of talents” in Hannover, Germany. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children for 20 years and its President from 2001-05. He delivered numerous national and international keynotes and publications, for example in the “International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent” (1993 & 2000). His “Test for Creative Thinking – Drawing Production (TCT-DP)“ has found worldwide distribution. His (former) passion in sports was paragliding; he is a poet, singer-song-writer, musician and poetry-slammer.