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Conference Program

Please check back regularly as the program for World of Talent 2021 is confirmed. You will be able to join each session individually, there is also the possibility for online networking and for breakout chats etc. We encourage you to book early, and look forward to welcoming you virtually on the following days - 

  • Wednesday 16 June 2021: 'Setting the stage'

  • Thursday 17 June 2021: 'Moving forward stronger'

  • Friday 18 June 2021: 'Ways towards a World of Talent

The below program is final latest version in PDF



Registration is free and is now open, you can register via this link (opens in a new window).

Wednesday 16 June 2021: Setting the stage

13.00 - 14.00

Kickoff/ Introduction

Hanzehogeschool CvB, Marca Wolfensberger & guests, NL

Honors at the University of Connecticut

Jennifer Lease Butts & Jaclyn Chancey, US

Track 1

14.30 - 15.30

Selection in higher education and predicting academic performance

Susan Niessen, NL

Track 2

Experiences from establishing a cross-disciplinary Honors program at the University of Oslo

Sørenssen / Idsøe, NO

Track 3

Hanze’s new model for Honors education

Pieter Veenstra & HHC, NL

16.00 - 16.45

Equipping teachers to support talent development: the CoTalent tools

CoTalent, EU

20.00 - 20.45

Excellence in Honors and Talent Development: What is it and why is it even more important today?

John Zubizarreta, US

21.00 - 21.45

Overview of support for scholarship students at Massey University: "Scholars@Massey"

Tracy Riley & Aniek Hilkens, NZ

Thursday 17 June 2021: Moving forward stronger

Track 1

09.45 - 10.30

Building new Honors programs – teacher and student view

The making of Copenhagen Honors College -

Nina Troelsgaard Jensen, DK

Honors at TU Wien -

Ulrich Schmid , AU

Track 2

Conceptions of and opinions on excellence


Framework for Analyzing Conceptions of Excellence –

Elanor Kamans, NL

Teachers' opinions on introducing/developing Honors programs and policies in HEIs in Romania

Carmen Cretu, RO

10.45 - 11.30

Relationship-Rich Education: How human connections drive success in college

Leo Lambert & Peter Felten, US

11.30 - 12.15

Live Q&A (+ panel) with Leo Lambert & Peter Felten, US

12.15 - 13.00

Lunch & networking

13.00 - 14.00

Pillars of democracy

Gemma Coughlan, UK, Naomi Yavneh, US & Gert-Jan Wormmeester, NL

with Hanze Honors students, NL 

14.15 - 14.45

Building Skills through Ungrading

JW Turner, US

Honors Colloquium: Interdisciplinarity and Internationalism

Martina Kolb 

15.00 - 15.45

Honors students’ practices and experiences


Honors students’ experiences and coping strategies for waiting in schools and at university –

Sara Hinterplattner, AU

Critical visual thinking in Honors education – Maria Tarasova, RU

Initiating Honors – the institutional view


Honors program accreditation in France -

CMI / Figure network -

Maxime Jacquot & Laura Lallement, FR

Building an Honors College from scratch - Christian Brady, US

16.30 - 17.15

The Honors Mindset: A Student Showcase

Hanze Honor's College students, NL

Teachers development: Sharing Insights

Hanze Honor's College teachers, NL

17.30 - 18.00

Live Q&A session: Assessment For Learning: The Missing Element For Identifying High

Professor Joseph Renzulli, US

20.00 - 21.15

Swarthmore College’s Honors Program: Critical engagement, engaged scholarship and community building

Amy Vollmer, US

Friday 18 June 2021: Ways towards a World of Talent

Track 1

09.00 - 09.45

Spin-off of Honors innovations to regular programs

Pierre van Eijl, Natascha Kuipers & Albert Pilot, NL

10.00 - 11.00

Honors Approach applied to the regular student population: a collective learning journey from three different perspectives (student - faculty - management)

Nitie Mardjan & Kris Holkenborg, NL

Track 2

Honors program transdisciplinary insights at KU Leuven

Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Ariel Alexis Pacific & Dominique Troost, BE

How to mobilise all talents for sustainable development?STEAM+, EU

 James McGeever, LT, Luca Corazzini, IT & Anne Snick, BE

Track 3

Online Honors Experiential Learning course

Siobhán Ní Dhonacha, US

Too Many Gaps: How talent seeps away and what we can do about it

Albert Ziegler, Sen-Pen Eu & colleagues, DE, TW

11.15 - 12.00

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Honors teachers

Marte Vroom, Annegien Langeloo & colleagues, NL

Reflections on the value of (inter)national networks in Honors

Ron Weerheijm & Michael Burke, NL

The design of an interdisciplinary Honors module during corona

Jessica Zweers, NL

13.00 - 14.00

Learning to live within boundaries - career development with people and planet in mind

Arjen Wals, NL

Closing of the conference

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