International Expert Meeting 2019 Regensburg

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing host­ed its Inter­na­tion­al Expert Meet­ing (IEM) in Regens­burg, Ger­many, from 13 to 15 Sep­tem­ber 2019. The theme of the IEM was “Online Men­tor­ing for STEM Tal­ent Devel­op­ment,” and the goal was to learn from a group of inter­na­tion­al experts by joint­ly explor­ing sev­er­al impor­tant top­ics, such as online men­tor­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, men­tor and mentee train­ing, men­tor­ing for the gift­ed, etc. Men­tor­ing experts from Europe and the Unit­ed States gath­ered in the UNESCO-World Her­itage city of Regens­burg for three days to share their knowl­edge and research find­ings on men­tor­ing with the Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing team, led by Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger. Social activ­i­ties in the evening includ­ed a Danube Riv­er cruise and a walk­ing tour of the his­tor­i­cal town.

International Expert Meeting 2019
Pic­tured: Back row (left to right): Matthias Mad­er (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Dr. Daniel Balestri­ni (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Csil­la Fuszek (Hun­gar­i­an Tal­ent Cen­ter, Budapest, Hun­gary), Dr. Edward Crowe (Teacher Prepa­ra­tion Ana­lyt­ics, LLC, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Unit­ed States), Dr. Rebec­ca Stel­ter (Research Sci­en­tist II, Inno­va­tion Research & Train­ing Inc., Durham, NC, Unit­ed States), Dr. Lin­lin Luo (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Manuel Hopp (World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter, Friedrich Alexan­der Uni­ver­si­ty Erlangen–Nuremberg, Ger­many), Dr. Julia Stein­bach (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Ildikó Győryné Csomó (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing team, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Prof. Dr. Thomas Keller (Dun­can and Cindy Camp­bell Pro­fes­sor for Chil­dren, Youth, and Fam­i­lies, Port­land State Uni­ver­si­ty, Port­land, OR, Unit­ed States), Faisal Ahsan (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many)
Front row (left to right): Christin Graml (Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger (Direc­tor, Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many), Dr. Rena Sub­ot­nik (Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Psy­chol­o­gy in Schools and Edu­ca­tion, Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Unit­ed States), Dr. Hel­ga Dorner (Inter­im Direc­tor, Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty (CEU) Cen­ter for Teach­ing and Learn­ing, Budapest, Hun­gary), Kirsten Poulsen (Direc­tor and Part­ner, KMP+ House of Men­tor­ing, Copen­hagen, Den­mark)
Not pic­tured: Hes­sa Ahmad Alam­ri (Ham­dan Bin Rashid Mak­toum Foun­da­tion for Dis­tin­guished Aca­d­e­m­ic Per­for­mance, Dubai, UAE)

International Partnerships Formalized with Global Talent Mentoring

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing has secured offi­cial part­ner­ships with insti­tu­tions in STEMM in more than thir­ty coun­tries to date. Such part­ner­ships pro­vide Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing with essen­tial sup­port through access to their net­works of top-tier stu­dents and experts who will par­tic­i­pate as mentees and men­tors. Among the signees are the Illi­nois Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence Acad­e­my (IMSA), one of the best pub­lic high schools in the Unit­ed States, the Hong Kong Acad­e­my for Gift­ed Edu­ca­tion, a non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion offer­ing learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for high­ly tal­ent­ed youth, and the Bul­gar­i­an Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Sci­ence. More part­ner­ships will fol­low, which will fur­ther expand the already inter­na­tion­al­ly diverse list of part­ner insti­tu­tions.

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is a flag­ship offer­ing of the future World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter, a larg­er under­tak­ing that will be an online hub for evi­dence-based gift­ed edu­ca­tion and research. When it opens its vir­tu­al doors in late 2021, the World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter will facil­i­tate stronger links between research and prac­tice by pro­vid­ing instruc­tion­al mate­ri­als, host­ing train­ing sem­i­nars, pub­lish­ing a sci­en­tif­ic jour­nal, and estab­lish­ing an inter­na­tion­al accred­i­ta­tion sys­tem for gift­ed edu­ca­tion and research. The World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter is a project by the UNESCO-rec­og­nized Ham­dan Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Foun­da­tion for Dis­tin­guished Aca­d­e­m­ic Per­for­mance.

Global Talent Mentoring in Taiwan

The Project Direc­tor, Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger, and part of the Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ingteam attend­ed the 6th Con­fer­ence of the Inter­na­tion­al Research Asso­ci­a­tion for Tal­ent Devel­op­ment and Excel­lence (IRATDE) in Taipei, Tai­wan in April. Prof. Stoeger gave one of the keynotes. She spoke about the impor­tance of self-reg­u­lat­ed learn­ing for gift­ed stu­dents and tal­ent development—a sub­ject that will be part of the men­tor­ing con­cept of Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, too.

Mem­bers of the team were also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­fer­ence: Dr. Lin­lin Luo and Matthias Mad­er pre­sent­ed Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ and one of its core fea­tures, the “Plan­ning of Indi­vid­u­al­ized Learn­ing Path­ways”, in a sym­po­sium on “Men­tor­ing for High Achiev­ers in STEM”. Dr. Michael Heile­mann par­tic­i­pat­ed in the same sym­po­sium with his find­ings on “The Influ­ence of Learn­ing Resources on Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Behav­ior and Men­tor­ing Suc­cess in an Online-Men­tor­ing Pro­gram for Tal­ent­ed Girls”. Final­ly, Dr. Daniel Balestri­ni pre­sent­ed his research on “Sub­stan­ti­at­ing Cul­tur­al Ori­en­ta­tions Sup­port­ive of High Aca­d­e­m­ic Achieve­ment” in East Asia and the Unit­ed States.

The very well orga­nized con­fer­ence with the mot­to “Nur­tur­ing Poten­tials Into Full Bloom and Into Excel­lence” was a great suc­cess. The Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ team used the oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther expand the net­work for recruit­ing mentees and men­tors and to estab­lish con­tacts for future coöper­a­tion with tal­ent devel­op­ment experts from all over the world. Among oth­ers we dis­cussed Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ with researchers and prac­ti­tion­ers from the USA, India and, of course, var­i­ous East Asian coun­tries. All of them were very inter­est­ed and eager to par­tic­i­pate in Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™.

IRATDE Taipei Closing

Interview

In Decem­ber 2018, our project direc­tor Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger talked about the Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing Hub™, the goals in regard to tal­ent devel­op­ment and STEM edu­ca­tion, and the devel­op­ment of the project and the men­tor­ing plat­form with the Wirtschaft­szeitung, a region­al ger­man news­pa­per. The inter­view as well as an accom­pa­ny­ing arti­cle, describ­ing the project, its aims and its scope in the light of the short­age of skilled work­ers in the STEM area, appeared in the first edi­tion of the Wirtschaft­szeitung in 2019. You can read it here (in Ger­man):

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