On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence, and on behalf of all the organizing committees, I am honored and delighted to welcome all participants and speakers of the Sixth Biennial IRATDE Conference, which is to be held in Taiwan. We are very optimistic that this conference will be very a rewarding experience and will provide insights into the recent research and cutting-edge findings in gifted education, talent development, and excellence. In addition, the conference will provide participants with the opportunity to share experiences and ideas and expand their network of contacts.

The International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) was established in 2008 as an international association of scholars in the areas of talent development, creativity, excellence and innovation in order to promote research, disseminate research findings, enable the exchange of ideas among scientists, and to develop and evaluate educational programs in the IRATDE areas of interest.

Our theme for the conference is “Nurturing Potentials into Full Bloom and into Excellence.” This theme will be explored in the scientific and best practice strands of the conference program, as well as in the pre-conference workshops. I am pleased to invite scholars, researchers, and practitioners in the field of gifted education to participate actively and enthusiastically in this conference program.

Finally, I would like to seize the opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to National Taiwan Normal University for their interest in becoming our partner in organizing this conference; and special thanks are due to Professor Ching-Chih Kuo and her team for their excellent efforts and high standard of professionalism.

Prof. Dr. Abdullah M. Aljughaiman
IRATDE President

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my greatest pleasure to welcome and invite you to join us in the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) which will be held on 12–16 April 2019 at Howard Civil Service International House Taipei in Taiwan.

Hosted by the National Taiwan Normal University, the 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference is a collaborative effort of the four co-organizers, the Department of Education of the Taipei City Government, the University of Taipei, the National Changhua University of Education, and the Chinese Association of Gifted Education. We will work closely together to make the event enjoyable for all delegates. Great appreciation should be given to the K–12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education (K–12 EA, MOE) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), our grateful thanks for their guidance and generous support to make the event possible.

With the theme of “Nurturing Potentials into Full Bloom and into Excellence”, we are proud to bring you a stimulating program, where professional knowledge and experiences in talent development and excellence will be shared. There will also many opportunities before, during and after the event allow you make new contacts and continue to expand your network.

We have planned many keynotes, workshops, symposium, round tables, and presentation of accepted abstracts in oral or poster presentations. The scientific program, with lectures by well-known speakers from the world, would provide you an insight into the cutting-edge development in talent development and excellence and offer you a great opportunity to share your most recent work. The cultural and social program such as a gifted education exhibition, school visits, and a post-conference tour will also be interesting.

This is the first time that the IRATDE Biennial Conference has been held in Taiwan, which is a fantastic honor. Taiwan is a wonderful travel destination famous for its delicious food, gorgeous landscapes, unique cultural attractions, and warm hospitality. It is beautiful in April, where stable and comfortable weather can be expected. You may enjoy the sprawling metropolis of Taipei during the event. You may also seize the opportunity to visit a few more of its cultural and natural wonders by choosing from optional post-conference tours for additional cost that we have arranged for delegates. We hope that you will take your time to explore the magic of Taiwan and experience Taiwan hospitality and friendliness.

Don’t miss any part of the conference. We look forward to welcoming you at the 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference and wish you an enjoyable stay in Taiwan.

Professor Ching-Chih Kuo
Chair of Organizing Committee, 2019 IRATDE Biennial Conference