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2019 International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)

April 12, 2019 - April 16, 2019

The National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2019 Biennial Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) from 12–16 April 2019 at Howard Civil Service International House Taipei. The conference theme is “Nurturing Potentiality into Full Bloom and into Excellence.”

The International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) is an international learned society of scientists working in the fields of talent development, creativity, excellence, and innovation. Founded in 2008 and currently headquartered at the University of Regensburg, in Germany, the IRATDE has about 200 members from 48 countries. The IRATDE keeps in touch with its members and encourages their ongoing collaboration with one another through regular conferences and symposia, the IRATDE newsletter, Talent Talks, and its own peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Talent Development and Excellence.

The biennial IRATDE conference has been developed to generate public awareness about talent development, excellence across domains, and innovation as well as to promote greater understanding of emerging issues in talent development and excellence. Since 2009, IRATDE conferences have taken place in Xi’an (China), Beijing (China), Antalya (Turkey), Brisbane (Australia), and Dubai (UAE).

When Taiwan hosts the 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference, the event will mark the first time the IRATDE’s flagship conference will have taken place in Taiwan. The 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference will be a collaborative effort of the three co-organizers, the Department of Education of the Taipei City Government, the University of Taipei, and the National Changhua University of Education. The co-organizers will also receive support from the K–12 Education Administration, the Ministry of Education (K–12 EA, MOE), and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

The 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference will provide a platform for leading researchers, academic leaders, policymakers, teaching and learning practitioners, academic developers, and discipline-based academics to exchange and develop insights about emerging issues in talent development and excellence as well as to broaden the understanding of evidence-based talent development within the professional community of educators. Moreover, the conference will allow old friendships from around the world to be rekindled and new friendships to be made. It is expected that approximately 360 participants from around the world will attend the conference.

The program of the 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference will feature six inspiring keynotes and two invited symposia from some of the world’s foremost experts in gifted education and science education as well as numerous paper and poster presentations by innovative education researchers. Proposals will be accepted for short talks (15-minute presentations) and a poster session. All proposals will be reviewed by a scientific committee. Each poster presenter will also prepare a 5-minute oral explanation of his/her poster and work that will encourage feedback and networking among the poster presenters in an interactive setting. Half-day pre-conference workshops are also planned for 12 April that will afford delegates a special opportunity to explore a selected topic in depth and through hands-on activities.

In addition to an extensive, rigorous scientific conference program, the conference organizers are planning several fantastic social events such as a gifted education exhibition, school visits, and a post-conference tour. The gifted education exhibition will take place on the afternoon of Monday, 15 April 2019, at the University of Taipei and allow local schools to showcase some of the best work and projects being done by their talented students. Six school visits will be arranged for after the closing ceremony. These visits will provide conference delegates with additional opportunities for professional development. The tentative schedule of school visits includes two senior high schools, two junior high schools, and two elementary schools in Taipei City. Interested conference registrants will choose one school visit per time slot. Finally, the two-day post conference tour will allow participants to discover, learn about, and enjoy the tapestry of rich Taiwanese cultures.

Further conference details are forthcoming and will be posted on the webpage of the 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference ( Should you require further information in the meantime, please contact Professor Ching-Chih Kuo ( For now, please stay tuned for updates in the spring of 2018 and save the conference dates so you can be a part of this important meeting.


We look forward to welcoming you to Taipei for a great and inspiring 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference!


April 12, 2019
April 16, 2019


Taipei, Taiwan
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