Day 1 – 12.09.2016
8:00 - 9:00   Registration and morning coffee
9:00 - 9:30 Hilton Ballroom Opening the conference  
Andrej Kiska / President of the Slovak Republic
Peter Plavčan / Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Tibor Navracsics / Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
9:30 - 11:00 Hilton Ballroom Talents and Skills for the Future of Europe  
Plenary session focused on education policies that support talent development in Slovakia and the EU, its funding, perception of talent being a part of each and every individual, investment in promoting and developing talent and national activities in this area. Will aim to explain the importance of talent and the need to support and develop it to contribute to a competitive and sustainable European economy and society.

Sophie Beernaerts / Head of Unit ’Schools and Educators, Multilingualism’ / Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission / presentation
Péter Csermely / President / European Council for High Ability / presentation
Joan Freeman / Professor, Middlesex University/ presentation
Yoomi Renström / Chair of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture / European Committee of the Regions
Jolana Laznibatová / Principal, research scientist / Primary and Secondary School for Exceptionally Gifted Children / presentation
Giovanna Barzanò / Senior civil servant / Ministry of Education, University and Research Italy
11:00 - 11:30   Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00   Parallel sessions – Part I
  Waldorf 1. Talent in Early Childhood and Primary Education
How to detect talent at an early age; developing talent among children and youth, including activities for talented children in schools (e.g. 'Olympiads' in different domains). Will also explore different learning environments, innovative pedagogies and learner-centred approaches that can help all children achieve their individual potential and development of talent.

Piet van de Craen / Professor / Vrije Universiteit Brussel / presentation
Margaret Sutherland / Senior Lecturer / University of Glasgow / presentation
Albert Ziegler / Chair Professor for Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence / University of Erlangen-Nuremberg / presentation
Stuart Kehoe / IT Support Assistant & Researcher / Centre for Talented Youth Ireland / presentation
Martin Putala / Associate Professor, Head of Department of Organic Chemistry / Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava / presentation

Moderator: Diane Montgomery / Emeritus Professor / Middlesex University
  Hilton Ballroom 2. Talent and Excellence in Vocational Education and Training
How to define the role and responsibilities of VET systems in working with talent; activities developed to support and motivate talents in education; current trends (e.g. dual education).

Ramona Uhl / Professor; University of Applied Sciences, Linz / presentation
Marco Cornelisse / Teacher, curriculum developer; HMC Vakschool Amsterdam / presentation
Diana Filip / Deputy CEO / VP Marketing & Development; JA Europe
Vladimir Kvetan / Expert; Cedefop / presentation
Pirkko Pyörälä / Policy Officer; Directorate General for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Moderator: Georgios Zisimos / Senior Specialist in EU Education and Training Policies; European Training Foundation
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 15:30   Parallel sessions – Part II
  Waldorf 1. Social Inclusion and Promotion of Talent
Discovering and supporting talent amongst marginalized and /or vulnerable groups (people with disabilities, ethnic groups, refugees and migrants, and people at risk of poverty and social exclusion, etc.), supporting talent within these groups and promoting their inclusion into society, while preventing their marginalization and intolerance.

Clare Ryan / Principal / St. Leo’s College / presentation
Alexander Farrugia / Advisor to the Permanent Secretary / Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta / presentation
Vladimír Dočkal / Senior researcher / Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology / presentation
Dylan Hyman / Education developer and teacher / Day a Week School and Spring High / presentation
Ján Hero / Director of Department for Analyzes and Concepts / Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic / presentation

Moderator: Dana Rušinová / Executive Director / Children of Slovakia Foundation
  Hilton Ballroom 2. Identifying and Developing Talent 
Identifying and developing talent in general and specifically for each individual; opportunities to hold onto talented people in Europe’s market environment; use of talents for the benefit of society as a whole. Current issues, challenges and trends.

Patricia Susan Jackson / Founder and Therapeutic Director / Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted / presentation
Ella Idsøe / Professor / Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research in Education, University of Stavanger / presentation
Kirsi Tirri / Professor / Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland / Chair / Finnish Academy of Science and Letters / presentation
Jozef Ristvej / Vice-Rector for International Relations and Marketing / University of Žilina / presentation
Johanna Stahl / Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Austrian Research and Support Center for the Gifted and Talented (ÖZBF) / presentation

Moderator: Marián Zachar / National Director / The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Slovakia
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30   Parallel sessions – Part III
  Hilton Ballroom 1. Higher Education and Science
Seeking and promoting talent in higher education and science; the need for encouraging talent development in priority areas of science and technology with a view to stimulate economic growth in Europe, promoting self-fulfilment of talented individuals in these areas; examples of national activities in these areas.

Margaret Waters / Deputy Head of Unit, Higher Education / Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission
Mojca Jurisevic / Associate Professor / Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana
Piotr Pluta / Director of Corporate Affairs EMEAR / Cisco Systems, Inc
Nynne Afzelius / Head of Talent / ScienceTalents / presentation
Ľubomír Bilský / Director of Science Support Section / Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information / presentation
Ivo Jupa / Board member / AISIS / presentation

Moderator: Marca V. C. Wolfensberger / President / European Honors Council (EHC) / Professor / Hanze UAS & Utrecht University
  Waldorf 2. Art and Creativity
Seeking, supporting, and motivating, activities and initiatives developed in various fields of artistic creation (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature, etc.).

Linda Jarvin / Dean / Paris College of Art / presentation
Tintti Karppinen / Chair of Honor, Vice President / Finnish Drama/Theatre Education Association
Zdeněk Vondra / Academic staff, Executive director of Graphic and Multimedia laboratory / Faculty of informatics and statistics, University of Economics, Prague / presentation
Monika Sapielak / CEO / Centre for Creative Practices / ArtConnected / presentation
Szilvia Németh / Researcher, Managing director / T-Tudok Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research

Moderator: Ben Hekkema / Coordinator / MoccaAcademie
19:30 - 21:00 Hilton Ballroom Social evening
Dinner with a social programme.
all day long   Poster exposition
Poster exposition, focused on the presentation of activities of various institutions working in fostering and development of talent. (Use your smartphone or tablet to vote for the most interesting activities via application.).
Moderator of the conference: Ján Záborský, Senior editor; TREND Economy & Business Weekly
Day 2 – 13. 09. 2016
8:00 - 9:00   Morning coffee
9:00 - 10:00 Hilton Ballroom Building Talent Together 
Panel discussion focused on the reporting of the key messages from the first day´s parallel sessions. Diane Montgomery / Emeritus Professor / Middlesex University
Georgios Zisimos / Senior Specialist in EU Education and Training Policies / European Training Foundation
Dana Rušinová / Executive Director / Children of Slovakia Foundation
Marián Zachar / National Director / The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Slovakia
Marca V. C. Wolfensberger / President; European Honors Council (EHC) / Professor / Hanze UAS & Utrecht University
Ben Hekkema / Coordinator / MoccaAcademie
10:00 - 11:15 Hilton Ballroom Turn Your Talent Into a Business 
Plenary session focused on the coupling between developing of talent and the needs and requirements of the labour market; how businesses can benefit from the actions supporting talent taken by the governments and various talent support institutions; what actions and improvements in the field of talent support should be done to reach the synergy; examples of best practices.

Kenneth Ryan / Managing Partner / KPMG Slovakia / presentation
Oldřich Vaňous / Member of the Board of Directors / Junior Achievement Slovakia / presentation
Jari Jokinen / Director / Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK
Ian Oliver / Head of Creative Entrepreneurship / Centre for Creative Practices / presentation
Menno Bart / Group Public Affairs Specialist / The Adecco Group / presentation
11:15 - 11:45   Coffee break
11:45 - 12:45 Hilton Ballroom Talent in Practice  
Presentation of experiences and success stories of young talented and successful individuals.

Emília Petríková / Medical student, researcher / Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague
Chew'n lose – Aleš Manica, Kristína Kráľovská, Petra Pangrácová, Patrícia Halászová, Natália Hamadejová / students / Gymnázium Trebišovská 12, Košice / presentation
Michaela Brchnelová / Student / Delft University of Technology / presentation
Armin Vincentius Fabian Interim representative / Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network / presentation
12:45 - 13:00 Hilton Ballroom Closing of the conference  
Evarist Bartolo / Minister for Education and Employment of Malta
Ivan Hromada / Head of Unit Education, Youth, Sport, Research; Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch
after the closing CoS Aurelium Optional excursion to the Centre of Science Aurelium  
The Centre of Science is a school, a museum and an amusement park at the same time, based on the idea that the best way to learn leads through the experiences. The visitors can see (and try, of course!) the expositions focused on several fields of science, such as mathematics, chemistry and materials, mechanics, robotics and automation, and many others.
Where? Centre of Science "Aurelium"
How? Attendees are kindly asked to express their interest to participate during the registration to the conference.
Moderator of the conference: Ján Záborský, Senior editor; TREND Economy & Business Weekly