The main part of the program will consist of sessions in thematic tracks. These thematic tracks will feature Research and Practice lines. In the Research line, focus is on the results of original research. In the Practice line, focus is on good practices in talent development in higher education and their implications. In addition, there will be a number of creative interactive (research-based) sessions.

To oversee the research line and the link between research and practice within the conference, we install an Academic Committee. This Committee consists of specialists from around the world in the main topic of the conference: honours education and talent development.

Beata Jones is Professor of Business Information Systems Practice, Honors Faculty Fellow, and Idea Factory Fellow at Texas Christian University. She holds a PhD. in Computer Science from the City University of New York. She serves as the National Collegiate Honors Council Chair of the Professional Development Committee, an editorial board member of the Journal of the European Honors Council and the Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Innovation and is an advisory board member to the CoTalent Erasmus+ project. She is a recipient of several teaching and curriculum innovation awards and a Fulbright Scholar.


Anne Rinn is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas, where she also serves as Director of the Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology from Indiana University and a BS in Psychology from the University of Houston Honors College. Her research centers on the social, emotional, and psychosocial development of high ability undergraduates, as well as the effects of participation in honors programs on student outcomes. She is the author of Social, Emotional, and Psychosocial Development of Gifted and Talented Individuals (Rinn, in press) and the co-editor of From Giftedness to Gifted Education: Reflecting Theory in Practice (Plucker, Rinn, & Makel, 2017). She is currently the Editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics.


Kirsi Tirri is Professor of Education at the Department of Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is also a Visiting Professor at St. John’s University, New York, USA. Tirri has been the President of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) for the years 2008-2012 and the President of the SIG International Studies at AERA (American Educational Research Association) for the years 2010-2013 and the President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters for the years 2016-2017.


Christian Brady is the inaugural T. W. Lewis Dean of the Lewis Honors College and Professor of Ancient Hebrew and Jewish Literature. He joined the University of Kentucky in July 2017. Brady brings more than a decade of experience in honors education and twenty years in higher education administration. The Lewis Honors College distinctive features include the Center for Personal Development, dedicated honors faculty, and programming to develop student wellbeing. Prior to arriving at UK, Brady served ten years as dean of the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University and co-founded the Honors Education in Research Universities conference.



Luca Corazzini is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economic Sciences of the University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari” and faculty member of the international honors college “Collegio Internazionale – Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia”. He is also the Coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in Economics and Business, University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari.” Finally, since June 2017, he serves as President of GuardAvanti, an Italian NGO involved in projects aimed at improving the life conditions of children in developing countries. His research interests focus on behavioral and experimental economics, mainly in the field of voluntary contributions to NGOs, bidding behavior in complex auction, voting, and the determinants of subjective well-being. His research outputs appeared in international journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, and many others.



Maarten Frens is the Vice-Dean of Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam. In that capacity he is responsible for the education of medical professionals and biomedical researchers at bachelor, graduate, and post-graduate level. He is  full professor in Systems Physiology at the Neuroscience department of the same institute, where he runs a research group that studies individual differences in neuroplasticity and motor learning, and its application to rehabilitation. Maarten is the founding Dean of Erasmus University College, the international Liberal Arts & Sciences college of Erasmus University. Currently, he is also a student himself, as he is pursuing an international MBA.  Maarten has a background in biomedical sciences and is an alumnus of Utrecht University and Stedelijk Gymnasium Utrecht.



Jean-Pierre Gesson is emeritus professor of organic chemistry at the university of Poitiers (France). He is International Relations manager of the Figure network established in 2012. Over 100 CMIs (Cursus Master en Ingénierie) have been accredited by this network in 28 French universities and 1 Lebanese university. CMIs are selective 5-year programs including innovative pedagogy, strong research support and international mobility for motivated and talented students. The Figure network has established partnerships with USA and India. Pr. Gesson is honorary president of the university of Poitiers and President of the Orientation Council of Campus France.


Richard Badenhausen is Founding Dean of the Honors College at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Currently President of NCHC, Badenhausen is a two-time member of the NCHC Board of Directors, an NCHC Recommended Program Reviewer, and an editorial board member of HIP: Honors in Practice. He has delivered over 50 national presentations on honors education. Badenhausen is the author of many articles on modernist literature and his book T.S. Eliot and the Art of Collaboration was published by Cambridge University Press. He is the 2014 recipient of Westminster’s Gore Excellence in Teaching award and has also taught at Marshall University and the University of Michigan.


Nils O. Andersen is a professor of atomic physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. He is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Danish Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics (UK), and served as president of the Danish Physical Society. From 1988, he conducted summer schools for talented secondary school pupils and chaired the advisory board of the national center for talent development in science. He was chairman on several committees on science education and member of the national committee on talent development. He is a board member of the EHC.



Naomi Yavneh Klos is President of the National Collegiate Honors Council.  Her research focuses on the role honors education can play in educating students regarding justice, and how honors itself can serve as a locus of access, equity and inclusive excellence in higher education.  The former Director of the University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans, where she created a curriculum emphasizing social justice and diversity learning outcomes, and a leader in honors education nationally and internationally, during this sabbatical year she is consulting with Eastern Washington University as Special Assistant to the Provost for Honors. For the past two summers, she has collaborated with Hanze University for Applied Sciences and Westerbork Transit Camp, both in the Netherlands, on an honors summer institute on holocaust memory.



Jerry Herron is Dean Emeritus of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University.  He is a former President of the National Collegiate Honors Council, an NCHC Fellow, and a member of the Publications Board, and also the Editorial Board of the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council.  He serves as co-chair of the NCHC Research Committee.  He is the author two books, as well as articles and essays.

Andrey Shcherbenok holds a PhD from St. Petersburg State University and another PhD from the UC Berkeley. He was a lecturer and Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and Newton international research fellow of the British Academy. Since 2012, he is a professor at the Education Development Center at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO which helps transform universities across the country. Since 2016, he is a founding director of the School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen – a research center and an honors college offering the most international BA program in Russia.


Andrew Cognard-Black is a professor in the honors college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and he currently serves on the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Board of Directors, the NCHC Publications Board, and as co-chair of the NCHC Research Committee. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council and as a reviewer for journals such as Demography and the Journal of Marriage and Family. He has published numerous articles on collegiate honors education and edited (with J. Herron and P. Smith) the recent book collection titled The Demonstrable Value of Honors Education: New Research Evidence (NCHC Monography Series, 2019). In addition to his teaching at St. Mary’s, Cognard-Black has also taught at the Ohio State University and, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2012, at the Univerza v Ljubljana (Slovenija).

Christian Fischer, 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 Chair of the Educational Board of European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and Program Director of the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted. He is Board member of the European Honors Council (EHC) and his publications focus on gifted education, individual promotion, learning difficulties and self-regulated learning.

Carmen Mihaela Cretu is professor at the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. She teaches courses on psychology and education for talented students, education policies and management and curriculum theory. She has long-time experience in international research projects developing. Her research centers on the HE education policy, identification and provision for talented youth, entrepreneurship and innovative education tools. Since many years ago Carmen is involved as a national and international expert in major programs of innovation in the field of HEI policies and management. She is also, the President of RoTalent Association, one of the European Council of High Ability (ECHA) Talent Point. 
(Chair) Marca Wolfensberger heads the research group ‘Talent Development in Higher Education and Society’ at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. She obtained her PhD on honors education from the University of Utrecht (UU). She also works as honors director and assistant-professor at the Faculty of Geosciences (UU), where she received her MSc cum laude. Marca co-founded the first full honors programs in the Netherlands. Moreover, Marca is co-founder and president of the European Honors Council (EHC). She was named a Fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in 2013, and has been Chair of the NCHC Research Committee since November 2012. 







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