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World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children

In August 2007, parents, teachers, policy makers, and academics from across the globe will come to the University of Warwick for the World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children.

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children's 17th Biennial World Conference will host lead speakers from Africa, Canada, China, Finland, The United Kingdom and the United States of America with delegates from more than 50 countries.

With a strong emphasis on policy and practice, the conference has been structured around 11 central themes aimed to promote sharing of best practise around the globe. Whilst the overarching theme for the conference is the way different cultures create different conceptions of giftedness and talent, other central themes include Assessment and Identification of Gifted Children, Classroom Practice and Effective Pedagogies and Teacher and Teacher Training Development. In addition, there will be debates sessions run on two days where fundamental ideas about gifted and talented will be contested.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Loyiso Nongxa, Vice Chancellor of Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg; Nancy Green, Executive Director of The National Association for Gifted Children, America; Dr Chris Yapp, Head of Public Sector Innovation at Microsoft UK; and Dr Elena Grigorenko, Associate Professor of Child Studies and Psychology at Yale University and Associate Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University.

 To see the  University of  Warwick's International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) visit