April 2011 Thursday

9.00-10.00 Registration, coffee


Plenary session, Baroque Hall (Barokk Csarnok)
Chair: Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Minister for Compulsory Education, Ministry of National Resources


Welcome speech by the patron of the conference, József Pálinkás, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 


Performance by young talents I.


On the occasion of the “Liszt year” Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 6, performed by Renáta Konyicska (Age 20), student at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest


„Talent Support in Hungary, Presentation of the 20-year Hungarian Talent Support Strategy”, Rózsa Hoffmann, Minister of State for Education, Ministry of National Resources 


„Hungarian Genius Programme – Talent Support in Hungary funded by the EU Structural and Social Funds”, Péter Csermely, President of the Hungarian Talent Support Council


„Creativity and Innovation in the EU 2020 Strategy”, Stefaan Hermans, European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation  


“Topical issues of Talent Support in Poland”, Mirosław Sielatycki, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of National Education, Poland


Questions – Answers  


Performances by young talents II.


Dvořak: Rondo, performed by Balázs Dolfin, cello (Age 13, Néri Szent Fülöp Catholic School, Budapest), piano accompaniment by Márta Rubin, and Bartók: Ruthenian Song, Ruthenian kolomejka, performed by Gergely Devich and Bence Temesvári, cello duet, (Age 12, Saint Stephen King Music School, Budapest)

12.00-13.30 Lunch in the building of the National Széchényi Library (for conference bracelet holders only)


Plenary session Baroque Hall (Barokk Csarnok)
Chair: Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Minister for Compulsory Education, Ministry of National Resources


Talent support and increases in social capital – the potential role of the ESF (European Social Fund), László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


Performances by young talents III.


Shostakovich: Prelude and Waltz IV. and Rodriguez: La cumparsita, performed by Balázs Dolfin, Gergely Devich, cello and Krisztina Kocsis, piano (Age 14, Saint Stephen King Music School, Budapest)


Presentation of the comprehensive talent support model of an EU member state, the Finnish example, Leo Pahkin, Finnish National Board of Education


„Talent Support through civil eyes in the practice of the ECHA (European Council for High Ability)”, Johanna M. Raffan, ECHA, United Kingdom


Performance by young talents IV.


Bartók: Romanian folk dances, performed by Abigél Králik (Age 12, Tóth Aladár Music School, Budapest), violin and Mussorgsky: Gopak, performed by Gyula Váradi (Age 14, Tóth Aladár Music School, Budapest), violin, piano accompaniment by Ágnes Arató


Nature on Your Screen, a computer modell: Presentation of a Hungarian invention, presented by Márton Balassi (Age 21) and Dávid Horváth (Age 21), first prize winners of the 22nd European Union Contest for Young Scientists


Coffee break


Parallel Sessions:

All sessions are introduced by 10-minute presentations by the session chairs


Session I: „With Talent Support for Social Cohesion”
Session Room:  Gothic Hall (Gótikus Terem)

Chairs: Csilla Fuszek, Csányi Foundation, Kata Kerényi, Zöld Kakas Líceum, Tim Dracup, consultant, United Kingdom
Practice and experiences of programmes creating chances for underpriviledged social groups, evolving talents and increasing accessibility to talent support programs in the practice of the state and the civil sector of member states 


Session II: „Talent, Creativity, Innovation – Relation between Talented Young People and Mobility”
Session Room: Baroque Hall (Barokk Csarnok)

Chairs: Gábor Szabó, Hungarian Association for Innovation, Erika Landau, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Invited speaker: Péter Tordai, Tempus Public Foundation
The main goal of the EU 2020 Strategy is to create a creative and innovative Europe, one of the important methods for achieving this goal is promoting talent support. What mechanisms shall be used in order to motivate supported local talents to make use of their knowledge in Europe?
Latitude of the economic and scientific sector, best practices of member states for holding outstanding talents.
Developing Europe-wide co-operation forms for young talents.  


Session III: „Decision makers – Science – Professional Realization”
Session Room: Royal Cellar (Király Pince)

Chairs: János Győri, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Tapio Saavala, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission

Invited speaker: László Odrobina, head of department, Ministry for National Economy

Other contribution: Eugenia Meletea, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Apollon-International Interactive Educational Network, Greece

How and in what interpretation is talent support presented in the strategic documents of international and European education policies and in the laws of the member states?
What special regulations concerning promotion of talent development and keeping European talents in Europe were passed within the last 5 years, what possibilities do researchers have in the planning and the professional realization of policies?

19.00-21.00 Gala Dinner (sponsored by MOL, with the participation of young talents) Venue: Budavár Salon, Budapest, Országház u. 28. If you wish to attend, please hand in your invitation card at the Registration Desk before lunch

8 April 2011 Friday




Plenary session, Baroque Hall (Barokk Csarnok)
Chair: Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Minister for Compulsory Education, Ministry of National Resources

9.00-9.10 Welcome speech by István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest
9.10-9.15 Performances V. by a young talent and her master
  Bartók: Play, Midsummer night song, Cushion dance, and a Hungarian folk song, performed by Éva Koszta (12, Valcer Music School, Nyíradony) violin and her teacher, Mária Szilágyiné Pálkövi, violin
9.15-9.45 Presentation of an English research carried out on Talent Support, focusing on EU member states, Joan Freeman, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
9.45-10.35 Presentations of best local practices of talent support  organizations in three EU member states,  Christian Fischer, Münster University, Germany, Wieslawa Limont, Nicolas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, Margaret Sutherland, University of Glasgow, Scotland
10.35-10.45 Best Practices from the European Union: Presentation of a book published on the occasion of the conference, János Győri, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
10.45-11.00 Best practice of the János Arany Hungarian Talent Support Programme, 
Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Minister of State for Compulsory Education
11.00-11.10 Performances by young talents VI

Shepherd tunes and dances from South Transdanubia, performed by  Julianna Paár, Sára Timár, vocals, Balázs Istvánfi, bagpipes, Kitti Juhász, Richárd Szanics, zither (students of the Department of Folk Music, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest)

11.10-11.30 Coffee break

Round table discussion about corporate social responsibility, the role of and business leaders in talent support

moderator: Norbert Kroó, Vice President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, invited guests: Hans van der Loo, Vice President, European Union Liaison, Shell International, Ágnes Rudas, Human Resources Director, OTP, Tamás Lovassy, president of the Sándor Demján Foundation, László Szőcs, Human Resources Director, MOL, Éva Somorjai, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hungarian Telekom, László Kerekes General Manager AkzoNobel Coatings CES, Chairman of HEBC

13.00-13.10 Performances by young talents VII.
  Songs from Moldva accompanied by koboz, performed by Kinga Nemcsics, koboz, Réka Soós, violin, Julianna Paár, Sára Timár, vocals (students of the Department of Folk Music, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest)
13.10-14.30 Lunch in the building of the National Széchényi Library (for conference bracelet holders only)

Parallel Sessions:

All sessions are introduced by 10-minute presentations by the session chairs

  Session IV: „Social Responsibility” - „European Responsibility”
Session Room: Gothic Hall (Gótikus Terem)

chair: Gábor Varjasi, MOL, Roland Persson, Jönköping University, Sweden,

guest: Bridget Cosgrave, Digital Europe, Belgium

To what extent and in what form do the business and private sectors of the individual countries take social responsibility in the field of talent support, and how do these best practices affect the decision making process of the individual countries, the creation of a talent-friendly society and a talent-friendly Europe? Proposal to set up a European Talent Fund and a European Talent Support Co-ordination Centre.


Session V: „Research Results and Decision Making
Session Room: Baroque Hall (Barokk Csarnok)

Chairs: László Balogh, University of Debrecen, Franz J. Mönks, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Holland
Can it be secured in the field of talent support – and if yes, based on which pedagogical research results – that research results or best practices based (also) on them are incorporated in effect into the process of decision making, into the content and the methodological process of education?


Session VI: The role of networking in the Practice of Talent Support
Session Room: Royal Cellar (Király Pince)

Chair: Mónika Réti, Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development,
Doris Jorde, University of Oslo, Norway

How is the practice of talent support viewed by the representatives of various stakeholders (teachers, parents, students)? How do talent support networks contribute to the maintenance of motivation, to the continuity of a career?
We will illustrate through international and Hungarian best practices by what methods daily work can be facilitated, focusing on how to consider and balance the interests of various stakeholder groups through the daily experience in the operation and connection of different networks. We will put forward proposals regarding the operation of European talent support networks.

16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-17.15 Closing ceremony of the conference: reports of Session chairs, conference conclusions with the participation of Rózsa Hoffmann, Minister of State for Education, 
17.15-17.25 Performances by young talents VIII.

Morning songs and tunes from Kalotaszeg, performed by Julianna Paár, Sára Timár, vocals, Tamás Nyitrai, violin, Márton Fekete, viola, Dániel Vörös, double bass (students of the Department of Folk Music, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest)


Artwork by talented youth will be on display at both locations of the event to accompany the conference programme. The works chosen for this special occasion were created by children and teenagers (aged 6 to18) using a wide variety of techniques.
The artworks presented illustrate the high potential of children attending art schools and TalentPoints in Hungary and internationally. Event participants will have the opportunity to admire graphics, paintings, collages and photos by these talented children and young people. We believe that all conference participants will enjoy discovering the honesty, happiness and expressivity conveyed by the pieces on show, illustrating just how varied and colourful talent may be.
In addition to the exhibition by young artists-to-be, conference participants are invited to view a display on leading figures of Hungarian science and creativity. The exhibition entitled “Well-known Hungarians” was first shown at the European Parliament in Brussels.

9 April 2011 Saturday
  First European TalentDay

Venue: Hungarian Culture Fundation, Corvin Room
1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 6.

Honorary guest: Françoys Gagné, University of Québec, Montreal, Canada




Opening address: Rózsa Hoffmann, Minister of State for Education, Ministry of National Resources 


Performance: : Songs by Bartók performed by the Eötvös Loránd University Choir


Presentation by Françoys Gagné
10:45-10.50 Talents Discovered - I. Dániel Demarcsek: Tirpák dances

Presentations by TalentPoints

  • The Vásárhelyi TalentPoint of Nyíregyháza, Hungary (Zsuzsanna Demarcsek)
  • The 3-year talent support programme of the Polish Ministry of Education (Aleksandra Kowalik)
  • The Bolyai TalentPoint and Bolyai Grammar School in Vojvodina, Serbia (Attila Gajda)
  • The “Messzehangzó” TalentPoint, Hungary (Karola Krassói)
  • The Mathematics Programme of the Päivölä School, Finland (Merikki Lappi)
  • The Bavarian Centre for Gifted and Talented Children, Germany (Roya Klinger)
  • The Hungarian Research Teachers’ Association (Mónika Réti)
  • Shell-Eco-marathon (Hans van der Loo)
11:55-12:05 Talents Discovered - II. Máté Urbán, photographer
12:05-12:50 Talent Fair: Stands by different countries, exhibitions, network-building games
12:50-13.10 Forum
13:10-13:15 Talents Discovered - III. Cintia Szántó, Hip-hop dance

Teaching the Csárdás: Sándor Kiss Folk Ensemble

13:30-14:30 LUNCH
  During the TalentDay art works of young talents and two cars constructed by Hungarian teams for the  Hungarian Shell Eco-marathon Europe competition will be displayed at the venue.

Important information: Accommodation and travel costs are to be covered by the participants of the conference. Meals during the conference, local transportation between conference and cultural programmes are provided by the organizers!

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