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The International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) is a professional organization of scientists working in the fields of talent development, creativity, excellence and innovation. Its main objectives are:


  • To initiate, conduct, and support research in the fields of talent development, creativity, excellence and innovation;
  • To assemble all who are interested in these fields for an exchange of ideas and experiences;
  • To disseminate research findings;
  • To provide a database for members and researchers;
  • To assist the development and evaluation of programs and educational endeavors in these fields.


IRATDE is the only global association of its kind, set up for researchers and field professionals. It cooperates with governments and organizations concerned with the worldwide promotion of talents, creativity, excellence, and innovation.

In the service of its purposes, the IRATDE organizes conferences and symposia, and publishes a newsletter and a journal. It is also committed to building bridges between theory and practice, particularly in the fields of gifted education, capacity building and organizational development. To this end the IRATDE not only offers Full Memberships for scientists, but also Affiliated Memberships for organizations and practitioners. Membership is free.

Latest news: IRATDE Executive members, Professor Heidrun Stoeger and Professor Albert Ziegler were awarded Honorary Professorships at a ceremony at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú on 26th April 2017.

They are pictured here with the German Ambassador at the ceremony.


The next IRATDE Conference will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 6-9 October 2017. Click here to be directed to the conference website. It will feature a stellar cast of keynote presenters:

Françoys Gagné (Canada; presenting his model), Marilena Leana-Tascilar (Turkey; speaking about labeling the gifted), Heidrun Stoeger (Germany; speaking about mentoring), Albert Ziegler (Germany; speaking about gifted identification), Csilla Fuszek (Hungary, speaking about the ETSN), Marcia Gentry (USA; speaking about effective teaching), Claude Steele (USA; speaking about stereotype threats to talents), Mariam AlGhawi (UAE; speaking about cultural aspects of gifted education), Chingchih Kuo (Taiwan; speaking about domain-specific intelligence and creativity), Abdullah Aljughaiman (Saudi Arabia; speaking about gifted programs), Joy Lawson Davis (USA; speaking about a diversity framework to design and deliver curriculum for the gifted), Anastasia Efklides (Greece; speaking about learning processes and metacognition), Roger Säljö (Sweden; speaking about digital learning), Karine Verschueren (Belgium; speaking about optimal teacher-student interaction).



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