Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the UNESCO International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 on 9 December 2019 in Dubai (UAE). She spoke about Global Talent Mentoring, our online mentoring program for the world’s most outstanding, highly motivated youths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical sciences (STEMM). Global Talent Mentoring is being developed by Prof. Dr. Stoeger and her team of researchers for the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance (Dubai, UAE). The International Task Force on Teachers for Education, consisting of 143 member organizations from 90 countries, is an undertaking by the UNESCO initiative Education for All (EFA). The task force is mobilizing governments and other stakeholders for the advancement of teachers and quality teaching. At the annual meeting of the task force, the Twelfth Policy Dialogue Forum in Dubai, Prof. Dr. Stoeger shared with the delegates the power of online mentoring and networking to help countries develop their national STEMM talent pools.
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.
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™.