Prof. Francoys Gagné from Canada

Professor Françoys Gagné is a French Canadian from Montreal, Quebec. In 1966 he obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career in the department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching, he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education (e.g., attitudes toward the gifted and their education, peer nominations, developmental profiles), he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions.

Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr. Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities activities. Many of his more significant recent publications can be downloaded from his website: gagnefrancoys.wix.com/dmgt-mddt.

Prof. Steven Pfeiffer from USA 

Steven Pfeiffer is a Professor in the College of Education at Florida State University. Prior to his tenure at FSU, Dr. Pfeiffer was a Professor at Duke University. For five years, he served as Executive Director of Duke’s program for gifted students, the Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). This past year, he was a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Professor Pfeiffer received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1977. His career has included teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University and Tulane University, and serving as a Clinical Psychologist in the U.S. Navy. He testified at the White House before the National Task Force on Health Care Reform. Dr. Pfeiffer is a licensed psychologist, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Over the past 30 years, he has worked with gifted children and their families in his counseling practice and He was recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from the Mensa International Education & Research Foundation for his work in creativity and emotional intelligence. He serves on the board of a number of international gifted organizations and gifted journals. 

Dr. Pfeiffer is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, published by Pearson Assessment. The scale is among the most widely used and researched teacher rating scale in the gifted field.  He has authored or coauthored over 150 articles and book chapters. His Handbook of Giftedness, published in 2008, is a widely used text in gifted courses. He recently completed a new book Serving the Gifted, published this year by Routledge. 

Dr. Pfeiffer served as co-Director of the Florida Governor’s School project and co-Director of the Engineering the Future STEM-academy for high ability students, sponsored by the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, Kennedy Space Center and NASA. A popular lecturer and workshop leader, his recent work has focused on how we as a society can assure the success of high ability students and the importance of what he calls “strengths of the heart.” 

Prof. Pierre Fourneret from France

Pierre Fourneret is currently Head o fDevelopmental Psychopathology in Mother Child Hospital. As a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine Lyon, he teaches childpsychiatry  and coordinates the training service of Humanities & Social Sciences UCB Lyon 1. After a PhD in neuropsychology, under the direction of Prof. Marc Jeannerod, about self-awareness,  he worked as a clinical researcher at the Laboratory for the Study of Brain, Language and Cognition (FRECNRS)  in the Institute of Cognitive Sciences of Lyon, in which he supervised a research team "Learning & Communication". Apart from the issue of language development and its relationship with the motoric system and the emergence of thought, he is interested,in particular in an epidemiological angle in a number of psychopathological developmental disabilities in the light of recent discoveries in neuroscience.


Prof. Javier Tourón Figueroa

He has a Ph.D. in Biology and a Ph. D. in Education.

At present is Full professor of Educational Research Methods at the Department of Education at the University of Navarra (Spain).

After a short period few years dedicated to research in the field of fisheries biology he decided to abandon that activity and reconvert his career to the field of education. He was secondary school teacher and principal and became a University teacher in 1979.

After that moment he kept a close relationship with the education school system, in-service teacher training, etc.

Associate professor at the University Complutense (Madrid) during 1990-93.

He was President of the European Council for High Ability (2000-2004). Founder and Executive Director of CTY Spain (2001-2011).

Member of the national Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (2003-2011).

He is specialized in Quantitative Research Methods applied particularly to measurement (test validation and development) and evaluation. In the past 20 years he was devoted to the study and research of talent development.

He regularly makes presentations in professional meetings and is a frequent advisor of schools teachers and principal. At present he is interested in the implementation of the technology in the learning process as a tool to facilitate individualization and self-pace learning.

He published more than 140 research papers, many on gifted education. He is also active in the social networks: Twitter, Facebook, and edits a blog entitled “Talento y Educación” visited as average 8000 times per month.

Prof. Laurence Vaivre-Douret from France

Laurence Vaivre-Douret is professor at the university Descartes and university the Sorbonne in Patis. She teaches psychology of development. She is clinicial Neuropsychologist, psychotherapist and attached to the consultation of paediatrics and to the maternity hospital Port-Royal of the Hospital complex of Paris Centre Cochin, AP-HP. She is also in charge of the unit Inserm, of research team “Neuro-development and learning desorders”, in hospital Neckers-Enfants Malades (Paris). Specialist of development. Her works are situated in the field of neurodevelopmental knowledge of children, the newborn children until the adolescence, the normal and the pathological, by learning of a fine semiology and on environemental factors. Her goal is to understand the processes of neurodevelopmental trajectories and the underlying mechanisms, the nature and the origin of a possible disorder. She is at the origin of the creation of the centers referents in France on learning disorders and founder of the center referent to Necker-Enfants Malades.


Roya Klingner from Austria

Roya Klingner is the Head and Founder of the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children. She is the German Delegate in the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), member of the General Committee European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and member of International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), Liaison of SENG, Lecturer at the university Erlangen in Germany. She has an unique and diverse background, having worked in all year levels and many specialist areas during a career in both Government and Independent schools in different countries and cultures over the past years. Roya Klingner is a Solution Oriented Therapist for Gifted Children and a Specialist in Gifted Education from the University of Nijmegan in Netherland.