Global Organisations and Their Conferences



The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is a membership organisation based in Canada best known for the biennial world conferences organised under its auspices. My brief assessment of the Council is here but I have also written separately about the Council’s move to Kentucky.

The 19th World Conference was originally to have taken place from August 8-12 2011 at Incheon, South Korea. The World Council Executive decided to move it to Prague in the Czech Republic, though on the same dates, in response to a perceived threat from tension between North and South Korea.

The 20th World Conference was scheduled for August 5-8 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand but, on 2 October 2012, the organisers announced their withdrawal following financial problems and organisational differences with the World Council. The event was relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, close to World Council Headquarters.

The 21st World Conference has been awarded to Denmark and is scheduled to take place in Odense from August 10-14 in 2015.



International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) a professional organisation and research networkalso has a biennial conference and, like the World Council, publishes a newsletter and an academic journal. My brief assessment is here.

The second IRATDE Conference was to have been held in November in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. But it was cancelled less than three weeks before it was due to take place.

A third conference took place in April 2012 in Beijing, China and a fourth in Antalya, Turkey in September 2013. The next scheduled IRATDE conference should take place in Autumn 2015.



The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) is also focused on the education of gifted, creative and talented children.  An e-journal is planned. The website says that ICIE also edits and publishes the journal of the World Council ‘Gifted and Talented International’.

ICIE conferences take place annually, most recently in Athens in June 2010, Istanbul in July 2011, and Jerusalem in July 2012. In 2014, two ICIE Conferences are scheduled for July, one in Krakow Poland, the other in Paris, France. (However, at the time of writing, the link to the website for the Polish conference is dead.)



The International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) operates out of Warwick University in England, providing a mix of face-to-face and online learning opportunities for gifted learners worldwide. My December 2012 post about IGGY is here.



My assessment of the International Gifted Education Teacher-Development Network (IGET Network) is here.


Relevant Posts

Many of my posts have a global reach. The following list is in chronological order:














Up to Summer 2013 I also published a series of reviews of the @GiftedPhoenix Twitter Feed. These were initially monthly but latterly termly/quarterly:


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  1. ICIE president, Taisir Yamin, who is President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is also editor of the World Council journal, not ICIE per se. Next ICIE conference is in Jerusalem 8- 13 July 2012.

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