The 15th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness (APCG 2018), 20-24 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Ching-Chih Kuo  
The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand, would like to extend our warm welcome to invite you to participate in the international conference “The 15th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness (APCG2018)” which will be organized in Bangkok during 20-24 August 2018.

Conference theme: "Inspiration, Motivation, and Creativity: Leading the Way to Giftedness"

Importatn Dates
Open Registration
* 1 October 2017 - 30 June 2018: Online regsitration "Early Bird Rate"
* 1-31 July 2018: Online registration "Regular Rate"

Paper Submission
* 1 October 2017: First call for abstract submission
* 31 March 2018: Deadline for abstract submission
* 30 April 2018: Notification of acceptance
* 31 May 2018: Deadline for payment (to confirm the presentation)

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Infusing Imagination into Science Problem Solving

Ching-Chih Kuo  
Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented (APFst) hosted by K-12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education, Taiwan and organized by National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) is designed to provide middle and high school students with opportunities to get to know each other, showcase their talent, and work collaboratively. Targeted participants are middle high school talented students who are aged 13-16. Each participating country or region is invited to send a delegation consisting of a team of up to two teachers and six students. English is used as the conference language.

The APFst event has been held twice in the summer so far. This year’s APFst will operate again at the NTNU campus from Saturday 1 July to Thursday 6 July 2017 with stimulating speakers and interesting activities.
The 2017 APFst is much larger, with participants from the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The event will bring together 93 students and 34 teachers from 15 countries and regions, including Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Russia, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Two senior officials from Ministry of Education in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will attend the forum this year.

Professor Ching-Chih Kuo, Department of Special Education, NTNU and the Chairperson of the APFst Organizing Committee, says that supporting the New Southern Policy of the government and International Day of the Gifted, the 2017 APFst is a possibility of cross-border cooperation and cross-border friendship that will be established and strengthened during group discussions.

The 2017 APFst has the theme “Imagination and Future Scientists” and the program had an array of activities highlighting this theme. For example, the opening ceremony will take place at R202 of General Building, NTNU at 15:00 on Saturday 1 July. Don’t miss the multicultural show at the opening ceremony and we believe that students from different countries will be creative in the way showing their amazing performance. The keynote speech on the second day, 2 July, will be by Director-General Professor Wei-Hsin Sun, National Museum of Natural Science on the topic of “Exploring the Final Frontier- An Effort for Humans to Become a Multiplanetary Species”. The speech is designed to widen the participants’ perspectives and diversify their views on natural science. The multinational team-based hands-on project will allow student delegates to engage in discussion related to science for social concern, and to help familiarize them with the roles of global citizens. The teacher symposium in the afternoon of 2 July with 6 invited speakers provides opportunities to strengthen international relations and encourage cooperation. The teacher forum session will let the teacher delegates share ideas and show how they infuse imagination into their teaching practices.

For more information about APFst, please contact us at kaykuo@ntnu.edu.tw. For a gallery of photos, please visit the APFst Facebook fan page at https://goo.gl/xSzxKX.

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The IRATDE conference, 6 to 9 October 2017 in Dubai (UAE)

Daniel Patrick Balestrini  
Dear Practitioners and Researchers:

The biennual conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) will be held from 6 to 9 October 2017 in Dubai (UAE) in cooperation with the Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. The conference motto is Cutting-Edge Research on Talent Development.

Registration is open; and proposals for poster-based conference talks are currently being accepted (www.hagc.ae).

Join the IRATDE and the Hamdan Award in October in Dubai for all the latest on talent development.

An inspiring lineup of talks by word-leading scientists and an equally inspiring city await you!

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APFG Newsletter 2017 Issue 4 No. 1

Dr. Mantak Yuen, Editor, APFG Newsletter 2017 Issue 4 No. 1  
Greetings from the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness!

We are pleased to share with you the APFG Newsletter Special Issue on Recent Development in Gifted Education in the Asia Pacific Region.

Please click on the link below to access the online version of our Newsletter.

Special thanks to the graphic designer, Suzannie Leung, and the following contributors to this issue: Kyungbin Park, Ugur Sak, Faisal Yahya Alamiri, Jiyoung Ryu,Yan Kong, Fen Zhu, Shengpeng Huang, Chengke Liu, Usanee Anuruthwong, Ching-Chih Kuo, Liang See Tan, Tai Kai Ng, Lai Kwan Chan, Ricci Fong, Jason C.H. Yeung, Jo Ng, Virginia Cheung, Serene Chan, and Mantak Yuen.

We hope you will enjoy and benefit from this sharing of knowledge and experience. Please feel free to pass on the APGF Newsletter to your colleagues, friends, students, administrators and policy makers. You can also invite them to join as members of the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness. Details for application will be found elsewhere in this copy.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at email: mtyuen@hku.hk.

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Hong Kong Learning and Teaching Expo 2016 - SEN Theatre

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mantak Yuen  
Hong Kong Learning and Teaching Expo 2016 - SEN Theatre

SEN Theatre
Learning & Teaching Expo is pleased to collaborate with the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education of The Education University of Hong Kong (CSENIE). The SEN Theatre provides a platform for educators to hear about the latest learning and teaching strategies, effective tools and global development trends for teaching students with special educational needs.

Nurturing Meaning in Life, Connectedness and Life Skills Self-efficacy among Talented Students: The Life Skills Development Model
Dr Yuen Man Tak
Director, Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), The University of Hong Kong
08 Dec 2016 (Thursday)13:30 - 14:10


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The 22nd Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) World Conference. July 20-23 2017 Sydney Australia

Ching-Chih Kuo  
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) will hold its 22nd WCGTC Biennial World Conference in Sydney, Australia on the beautiful campus of UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales). The 2017 event will be hosted by UNSW School of Education, a world-leader in pioneering and innovative work in gifted education.

Important World Conference Dates
Below are some important World Conference dates. These dates are tentative and subject to change. If you have any questions about these important dates, please visit http://www.worldgifted2017.com/contact-us/ for contact information.
◾September 2016 – December 15, 2016: Abstract Proposal Submission Available
◾March 15, 2017: Abstract Proposal Acceptance Notification Deadline
◾April 15, 2017: Early Registration Ends
◾April 16 – July 10, 2017: Regular Registration
◾May 15, 2017: Conference Schedule Finalized
◾July 11 – July 20, 2017: Late Registration
◾July 20 – July 23, 2017: 22nd WCGTC Biennial World Conference


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