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Cutting-Edge Research on Talent Development
2017 Biannual Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)
co-sponser: HAMDAN AWARD
Cutting-Edge Research on Talent Development
H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates.
Talented persons are the great wealth and the grant that God bestowed on mankind, for they are priceless—since the dawn of mankind, human evolution has depended on their characteristics, good traits, and superior abilities. They are the source of intellect, the path to knowledge, the tools of enlightenment, and the leaders of the march of humanity. They are an exceptional category that deserves the utmost attention and care. Certainly, optimized investment in them would ensure optimal and wise management of all wealth of our planet in the context of sustainable development to achieve a secure, prosperous future for mankind. This is our conviction that is widely shared, especially by elite specialized scientists, thinkers, teachers, and others. Certainly we in the U.A.E. are aware of our responsibilities and we care for and are concerned with—even have a passion for—everything that has to do with talent. So that is why we did not hesitate to found the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance in response to the Government directions towards adopting a draft national plan for discovering gifted persons and nurturing them. In so doing, we help meet the requirements of providing an educational and cultural environment that is suitable for the gifted and in line with the established standards in developed countries in this field. Moreover, we support the institutional efforts towards achieving ambitious goals for this project.
In this context, we are proud of our presence on the map of international interest in the endeavor of caring for the gifted and of our partnership with many sophisticated institutions in many countries as well as with a group of selected scientists and specialists. This contributes significantly to the maturation and focusing of the ambitious vision promoting talent in the region. The world conference we are sponsoring in Dubai city from 6 to 9 October 2017 under the umbrella of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) is but a new and worthy opportunity to host the elite professionals, experts, and leaders in the field of talent development and research. We are certain that our way is not a bed of roses but we strongly believe that our partnership and cooperation will surmount all odds and that our efforts will lead to fulfilling our wishes.
We wish the conference every success and hope that all the participants and guests enjoy a pleasant stay in their second country, the U.A.E.
About the Conference
About the Conference
Cutting-Edge Research on Talent Development
The 2017 IRATDE Biennial Conference in Dubai, from 6 to 9 October 2017, will present talks and posters on hot topics in the field of talent development as well as on a range of related research areas. Educational efforts aimed at helping individuals develop their talents and gifts are ubiquitous, both in and beyond formal schooling. They are, however, frequently ineffective or fail to live up to their original intentions. The goal of the 2017 IRATDE Biennial Conference in Dubai from 6 to 9 October 2017 is to explore how empirical research can help us to make all forms of gifted and talented education more effective. Research-based approaches help ensure that the planning, evaluation, implementation, and monitoring of provisions for gifted education and talent development are highly effective and accountable. Researchers working in the fields of talent development and gifted education will share insights from their talent development and giftedness research; experts working in allied fields of educational psychology and educational research will provide fresh ideas for additional approaches that can applied to talent development and giftedness research. Furthermore, the conference is intended as a creative dialog between educational practitioners and researchers on how they can learn from one another and collaborate towards their shared end of providing young individuals and people of all ages with excellent, highly effective means of discovering, developing, and profiting from their gifts, talents, and interests.

Conference Objectives

  1. Using empirical research to make gifted and talented education more effective
  2. Learning about cutting-edge research on talent development from experts in the fields of talent development and gifted education
  3. Learning about new approaches from experts in educational psychology and education research that can be applied to research on talent development and gifted education
  4. Enabling a creative dialog between education practitioners and researchers to improve gifted and talented education
Greeting from the IRATDE President
Dear IRATDE Members:
Dear Practitioners and Researchers:
It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for our 2017 IRATDE Biennial Conference, from 6 to 9 October 2017 in Dubai (UAE). The 2017 conference will focus on cutting-edge research on talent development. We are really excited about the opportunities that the Dubai conference will afford us to come together, to dialog with one another, and to think about the future of our field together. Also, we have an impressive lineup of world-leading specialists on giftedness, talent development, and excellence research. Our keynote guests and our presenters will share their latest findings with us and inspire us.
So please check out our conference plans and do
register now
to be part of this exciting conference. Space is limited, and I expect the conference to fill up quickly. Finally, also keep in mind that Dubai is a vibrant, fascinating metropolis worth taking time to see. Our conference team has included
information about things to do and see
before and after the conference in Dubai.
We very much look forward to discussing talent development and excellence with you in Dubai in October.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Hamdan Bin Rashid Award for Distinguished Academic Performance for its interest in becoming our partner in organizing this conference.
Sincerely,
Abdullah Aljughaiman
President, International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)
About the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance (HA)
About the Hamdan Award
The Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Giftedness and Creativity is an affiliated center of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. The center aims to devote attention to the talented and gifted and to provide them with all required care and cultivation. Since 2001, the center has been charged with extending the Award’s efforts on sponsoring and cultivating talents. The center has consistently provided and will continue to provide an ideal environment for discovering talented students from the people of the UAE and embracing their budding talents.
The center is the umbrella beneath which all programs, initiatives, activities, and services related to talent cultivation are subsumed. This includes scientific, guidance, and indicative programs that meet students’ educational, pedagogical, psychological, and social needs, with a view to develop their characters so they can become productive community members who make effective contributions to society. The center provides the support to students which they need to develop their talents and interests. This support includes, for instance, specialized programs for the parents and teachers of gifted students. Such programs also help to establish a culture of talent and creativity throughout the larger community. Also, it is worth mentioning that the center has recently been accepted as an Associated Talent Point of the European Talent Support Network, which is an affiliate organization of the European Council of High Ability (ECHA).
About the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)
About the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE)
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.
Conference committees
Scientific Committee
  • Ugur Sak
    Ugur Sak is professor of and founding director of the Center for Practice and Research on Gifted Education at Anadolu University in Turkey. He is the editor of the
    Turkish Journal of Giftedness and Education
    . He has been in the advisory and executive board of international associations in gifted education. His research has focused on the identification and education of gifted students and on creativity. He has published articles both in English and Turkish in major journals of creativity and giftedness. He is the founder of a number of new models, such as Selective Problem Solving, Creative Reversal Act, EPTS Model, and the Anadolu-Sak Intelligence Scale.
  • Abdullah Aljughaiman
    President
    Prof. Abdullah Aljughaiman received his PhD from the University of Idaho, USA, in 2002. He is currently dean of the Research and Consulting Institute and the director of the National Research Center for Giftedness and Creativity at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. The primary focus of Dr. Aljughaiman’s professional activities is the development and education of gifted and talented students. He has published books, book sections, and peer-reviewed articles on the identification of and services for gifted children. Dean Aljughaiman has received multiple awards for his professional and administrative work in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. His research and practice have been supported by funds from King Faisal University and the Ministries of Higher Education, Education, and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently, he received a grant from the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia to support a research project titled “Etiological Bases of Giftedness.”
  • Heidrun Stoeger
    Vice President
    Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal
    Talent Development
    and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal
    High Ability Studies.
    She has published more than 200 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.
  • Albert Ziegler
    Secretary General
    Albert Ziegler, PhD, is chair professor of educational psychology and research on excellence at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is the founding director of the Statewide Counseling and Research Centre for the Gifted. He has published approximately 350 books, chapters, and articles in the fields of talent development and educational psychology. . Presently, Prof. Ziegler is serving as the secretary general of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), as vice president of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), and as chairman of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). He is editor in chief of
    High Ability Studies
    , the scholarly journal of the ECHA.
  • Jiannong Shi
    Treasurer
    Professor Jiannong Shi is director of the Division of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and also the director of the Research Center for Supernormal Children, Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the president of the Asia-Pacific Federation of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. His research on giftedness and talent development includes neuropsychological as well as educational studies and embraces various age-groups and domains. He has published books, chapters, and articles in the fields of talent development, educational psychology, and education, among them
    Discovering Gifted Children and Developmental Psychology of Gifted Children
    . He was a visiting scholar at various Universities including Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He twice received the Excellent Scholar Award.
  • Wilma Vialle
    Executive Officer
    Dr Wilma Vialle is a full professor in educational psychology and associate dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong. She teaches child development, psychological foundations of education, and gifted education, and supervises a number of postgraduate research students in related fields. Her interests are predominantly in the nature of intelligence and creativity, with a particular focus on giftedness. She has published extensively on topics related to giftedness and children’s learning. She is the chief editor of the
    Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
    and is on the editorial board of several international journals. In 2006 she was awarded the Eminent Australian for her contributions to gifted education.
  • Mariam Ali Alghawi
    Mariam A. Alghawi is the Director of Gifted Welfare Department at Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Educational Award, a non-profit organization in Dubai Government which works on promoting gifted education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She completed her both doctoral and master degrees in education at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) in association with the University of Birmingham. She graduated from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) with a degree of bachelor in education. Dr. Alghawi has been working in the field since 2008. Her research interests include identification of gifted students, programs for gifted students, talent and creativity, and gifted and talented education.
Organizing Committee
  • Ahmed Albaihani
    Dubai Team
  • Daniel Balestrini
    Regensburg Team
  • Julia Steinbach
    Regensburg Team
  • Fatima Al-Jabri
    Dubai Team
  • Hessa Alamri
    Dubai Team
Keynotes
A series of one-hour plenary keynote lectures will inform and inspire conference participants about newest developments and perspectives in the fields of talent development and gifted education. Another group of one-hour plenary keynote lectures will be held by leading scientists working in other areas of educational psychology and education research; their talks will provide fresh ideas for additional approaches that can applied to talent development and giftedness research.
Mariam Alghawi, PhD
Mariam A. Alghawi is the Director of Gifted Welfare Department at Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Educational Award, a non-profit organization in Dubai Government which works on promoting gifted education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She completed her both doctoral and master degrees in education at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) in association with the University of Birmingham. She graduated from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) with a degree of bachelor in education. Dr. Alghawi has been working in the field since 2008. Her research interests include identification of gifted students, programs for gifted students, talent and creativity, and gifted and talented education.
Abdullah Aljughaiman, PhD
Prof. Abdullah Aljughaiman received his PhD from the University of Idaho, USA, in 2002. He is currently dean of the Research and Consulting Institute and the director of the National Research Center for Giftedness and Creativity at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. The primary focus of Dr. Aljughaiman’s professional activities is the development and education of gifted and talented students. He has published books, book sections, and peer-reviewed articles on the identification of and services for gifted children. Dean Aljughaiman has received multiple awards for his professional and administrative work in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. His research and practice have been supported by funds from King Faisal University and the Ministries of Higher Education, Education, and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently, he received a grant from the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia to support a research project titled “Etiological Bases of Giftedness.”
Mimi Bong, PhD
Mimi Bong is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Education and the Associate Director of the Brain and Motivation Research Institute bmri.korea.ac.kr of Korea University. Her research focuses on adolescent motivation with particular emphases on self-efficacy beliefs and achievement goals. Her most recent research interests include: testing validity of motivation theories by mapping theoretical classifications onto adolescents’ subjective perceptions of their own motivation; integrating interest, goals, and self-efficacy into the academic self-regulatory pathways; and exploring individual differences and socio-cultural factors particularly consequential to adolescents’ academic motivation. In 2006, Bong received the Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions in Educational Psychology from the American Psychological Association, Division 15. She is the immediate past Associate Editor of
American Educational Research Journal
and has served or currently serves on the editorial boards of
AERA Open, Child Development, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, Educational Psychology Review, Educational Researcher, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education,
and
Theory into Practice.
Joy Davis, PhD
Dr. Davis is a career educator with experience as practitioner, scholar, author, and consultant. She is currently serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. In addition to local district and university experiences, Davis served for five years as the Virginia State Specialist for K–12 Gifted Services. In addition to state and local experience, Dr. Davis served for four years at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. She also served as the director of the Center for Gifted Education at the University during her tenure there. She is currently an associate professor of education and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Davis is a staunch advocate for equity in gifted education and diversity education. As such, Dr. Davis is often called upon by the school districts, organizations, and the media to respond to issues related to how schools should address the needs of disenfranchised groups including culturally and racially diverse students and those from low socio-economic communities. She has been a program consultant and served as a keynote speaker and distinguished guest lecturer in the United States, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Dr. Davis has published numerous articles, technical reports, and book chapters. She writes a regular column for
Teaching for High Potential
, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children. Her award-winning book,
Bright, Talented and Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners,
is the first of its kind on the market to specifically address the advocacy needs of Black families raising gifted students. Her new book,
Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices, and Directions for the Future,
is co-edited with Dr. James L. Moore III. Dr. Davis holds master’s and doctorate degrees with a focus in gifted education from The College of William & Mary in Virginia.
Anastasia Efklides, PhD, PhD h.c.
Professor of Experimental and Cognitive Psychology. Professor emerita since 2016. Research interests in cognition and metacognition and their relations with motivation, affect, and self-regulation in various age-groups. Particular emphasis is given to metacognitive experiences, their interrelations with affect, and their implications for self-regulated learning. Author/co-editor of 24 books and special issues in Greek and in English and author/co-author of more than 175 articles published in international and Greek journals and books. Editor of the
Hellenic Journal of Psychology
(2004–) and of Learning and Instruction (2006–2009), as well as associate editor of Metacognition and Learning (2014–), and member of the editorial board of various educational and psychological journals. Vice-president (2004–2007), president (2007–2009) and past-president of the European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA). Prof. Efklides received the Award for Outstanding Career Contribution to Educational Psychology from the Division of Educational, Instructional and Educational Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece, in 2006. In 2009, she was conferred the degree of doctor of philosophy honoris causa (Dr. Phil .h.c.) by the Faculty of Education of the University of Koblenz-Landau in Landau, Germany. In August 2011, she was awarded the Oevre Award by the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (Exeter, UK) for her overall work. In August 2016, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Special Interest Group Motivation and Emotion in the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Prof. Efklides is to be conferred the degree of doctor of philosophy honoris causa in May 2017 by the University of Turku, Finland.
Françoys Gagné, PhD
Professor Françoys Gagné, PhD in psychology (education), spent most of his professional career in the Department of Psychology at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He devoted his research and teaching activities to the field of giftedness. Officially retired since 2001, Professor Gagné maintains regular publishing activities and accepts numerous international keynoting invitations. He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters, and been invited to teach and/or keynote in over 20 countries worldwide. Professor Gagné has gained international renown through his theory of talent development: the Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), recently updated and renamed Integrative Model of Talent Development (IMTD). He has received many professional prizes, including the prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996) from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC, USA).
Marcia Gentry, PhD
Marcia Gentry, professor of educational studies, directs the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University (USA). She has received multiple grants worth several million dollars in support of her work with programming practices and underrepresented populations in gifted education. Dr. Gentry’s research interests include student attitudes toward school and the connection of these attitudes toward learning and motivation; the use of cluster-grouping and differentiation to meet the needs of students with gifts and talents while helping all students achieve at high levels; the development and recognition of talent among underserved populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds including Native American youth and children who live in poverty. She frequently contributes to the gifted education literature and regularly serves as a speaker and consultant. She has collaborative projects across the United States and around the world. She enjoys spending time with her daughter (who attends Purdue) and with friends; running and staying fit; gardening; hanging out in the horse barn; collecting contemporary Navajo weavings; relaxing at her a cabin on Lake Superior; and working with her doctoral students. Marcia was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious National Association for Gifted Children’s Distinguished Scholar Award—and at this same meeting one of her graduates received the Early Scholar Award and one of her doctoral students received the Doctoral Student Award!
Ching-Chih Kuo, PhD
Dr. Kuo is Professor of the Department of Special Education at National Taiwan Normal University. She has been involved in gifted and talented education for over 35 years. Her areas of research and publication include classroom teaching, cognitive development of children with special needs, assessment and identification of gifted students, counseling for gifted females, preschool gifted education, and the brain and learning. Most recently the focus of her research has been on neuropsychological and imaging studies of gifted students, policy development in gifted educaton, and nurturing the talents of students with ASD. Several featured papers include followings: Identifying young gifted children and cultivating problem solving abilities and multiple intelligences; Cultivating problem solving abilities in gifted preschoolers; Overexcitabilities: Empirical studies and application; The divergent problem solving abilities of mathematically and scientifically talented students.
Marilena Z. Leana-Taşcılar, PhD
Assist. Prof. Dr. Marilena Z. Leana-Taşcılar, is working in Istanbul University (Turkey), Hasan Ali Yucel Faculty of Education, Special Education Department, Gifted Teacher Training Program, since 2002. Her master and PhD thesis were about the executive functions and planning abilities of gifted students. Identification of gifted children, twice-exceptional students, underachievement, bibliothreapy for gifted children and self-regulated learning are some of her interests. She worked in University Erlangen-Nuremberg, department of Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence as a visitor scholar for one year and attended in several international projects. She had presented in several national and international conferences. She is one of Turkish Delegates in World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, since 2002.
Roger Säljö, PhD, Dr h.c.
Roger Säljö, Ph D, Dr. h.c., specializes in research on the role of symbolic technologies for learning and development. In recent years, he has worked extensively with issues that concern how digital technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. He is the director of a national center of excellence for the study of learning and digital media (www.lincs.gu.se). He has worked at many universities and received honorary doctorates and professorships. One of his most recent publications is a co-edited volume on
Memory practices and learning
(2017).
Claude M. Steele, PhD
Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He has also served in several major academic leadership positions: for the past two years as the executive vice chancellor and provost at UC Berkeley, the three years before that as the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University from 2011–2014, and before that as the 21st Provost of Columbia University.
He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book,
Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us
, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.
Heidrun Stoeger, PhD
Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal
Talent Development
and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal
High Ability Studies
. She has published more than 200 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.
Karine Verschueren, PhD
Karine Verschueren is full professor and head of the research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven. In 1996, she obtained her PhD in the domain of developmental psychology. Since 2000, she is professor in school psychology. Prof. Vershueren investigates the psychosocial and academic development of children and adolescents in schools (e.g., self-esteem, academic engagement), and the risk and protective factors for this development. Specifically, she focuses on the role of teacher–student and peer interactions as contexts for child and adolescent development. She studies these processes not only in general student populations, but recently also among high-ability students. Her teaching involves developmental and school psychology, including school psychological assessment.
Albert Ziegler, PhD
Albert Ziegler, PhD, is chair professor of educational psychology and research on excellence at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is the founding director of the Statewide Counseling and Research Centre for the Gifted. He has published approximately 350 books, chapters, and articles in the fields of talent development and educational psychology. . Presently, Prof. Ziegler is serving as the secretary general of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), as vice president of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), and as chairman of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). He is editor in chief of
High Ability Studies
, the scholarly journal of the ECHA.
Day 1
6 October 2017
Day 2
7 October 2017
Day 3
8 October 2017
Day 4
9 October 2017
Late afternoon (exact time forthcoming)
Registration
Conference participants check in with the conference organizers and receive there attendee package and badge.
Early evening (exact time forthcoming)
Get-together
The preconference get-together gives conference participants a chance to meet one another and discuss the upcoming conference. Participants will be offered a selection of refreshing beverages and tasty finger foods.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Opening ceremony
Room: Main room
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote 1
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10:30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
Coffee break
Room: Reception area
The extensive coffee and tea breaks give all guests a chance to get to know one another and to exchange ideas about the talks and presentations.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote 2
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12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Keynote 3
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1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch
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Conference participants will have a chance during lunchtime to look more closely at the posters on display and to discuss the research with the poster presenters.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Keynote 4
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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Keynote 5
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9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote 6
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10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Keynote 7
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11:00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Coffee break
Room: Reception area
The extensive coffee and tea breaks give all guests a chance to get to know one another and to exchange ideas about the talks and presentations.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Poster-based verbal presentation sessions 1–4
Poster-based verbal presentation sessions 1–4 will occur simultaneously in the four separate rooms.
Session 1
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Session 2
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Session 3
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Session 4
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12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Poster-based verbal presentation sessions 5–8
Poster-based verbal presentation sessions 5–8 will occur simultaneously in the four separate rooms.
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Session 8
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1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lunch
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Conference participants will have a chance during lunchtime to look more closely at the posters on display and to discuss the research with the poster presenters.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Keynote 8
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4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Keynote 9
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7:00 p.m.
Gala dinner
Room: Banquet hall (including room for the entertainment program)
Gala dinner include some sort of entertainment
Thirty guests will be invited to the gala dinner free of charge (counting the 15 keynote guests).
All other conference participants must register to to attend the gala dinner and pay a fee online well in advance.
Participants should book and pay for the gala dinner separately from the regular conference registration, but via the same online registration.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote 10
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10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Keynote 11
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11:00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Coffee break
Room: Reception area
The extensive coffee and tea breaks give all guests a chance to get to know one another and to exchange ideas about the talks and presentations.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote 12
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12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Keynote 13
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1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lunch
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Conference participants will have a chance during lunchtime to look more closely at the posters on display and to discuss the research with the poster presenters.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Keynote 14
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4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Keynote 15
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5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing ceremony
Room: Main room
The conference closing ceremony has three goals
  1. Thank all conference participants for being a part of the conference.
  2. Create a sense of shared accomplishment that will motivate guests to remain interested in the field of research and the IRATDE.
  3. Inform the guests about upcoming IRATDE events.
Conference Venue
The
conference venue
is located only a few minutes from
Dubai International Airport
. The business and commercial districts of Deira with their famous gold and spice souks or Bur Dubai and Festival City can be reached within ten minutes, and the leisure and shopping attractions of Downtown Dubai are only a fifteen-minute drive.
More information about the conference hotel can be found here.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Dubai is one of the world’s premier destinations, and our hotels, resorts, and hotel apartments are a major reason why. Visitors will experience spectacular locations, record-breaking architecture, and impeccable service, as well as accommodation for every budget and taste.
local TRANSPORTATION
With an amazing array of sights, attractions, and events, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Dubai. And with several transportation options at your fingertips, there’s also no shortage of ways to get around. Follow the link below to find some of your options.
TOURS AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Look up at the world’s tallest building, ski down a snowy mountain in the middle of the desert, skydive above a man-made island, swim with sharks in the world’s largest mall, marvel at sparkling jewels in the souks, and feel the breeze from a traditional dhow cruise—all in a single trip.
Visa, Airport, and Hotels
Dubai is ideally situated midway between the Far East and Europe. An equal distance from London and Beijing, most major destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Russia are less than an eight-hour flight away. More than 125 airlines fly to Dubai from destinations around the world.
How to Reach the Hamdan Award
Contact the Hamdan Award
Phone: +97145013333
Fax: +97145013300
P O Box: 88088
Email: gifted@ha.ae
Address: Al Hudaiba Awards Building – Jumeirah Road with 2nd December Interchange – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and the UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, issued a decree to specify a prize entitled Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance to undertake the task of upgrading educational performance in all the stages and sectors of education that are under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The following awards are grated: Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Student, Distinguished Social Worker, Distinguished Supervisor, Best Scientific Innovation, Best Applied Project, and Distinguished Parent.