Keynote Speakers

Student creativity can be fostered” (American Psychological Association, Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, Top 20 principles from psychology for preK–12 teaching and learning, 2015, p. 14). What needs to be fostered in education as creativity is personally and contextually bound. Three keynote speakers will capture the essence of 1st Thematic Conference of the European Council for High Ability entitled Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective and provide us with the personal, educational, and a broader societal perspective on creativity, and how they relate to contemporary gifted education. These perspectives will guide the conference participants into more complex and personally meaningful, educationally viable, and contextualised reasoning about creativity. Knowledge about creativity that will emerge at this conference can be used by researchers as well as educators of the gifted.

Vlad GlăveanuVlad Glăveanu, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Professional Counseling at Webster University Geneva, Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, UK. His work develops the cultural psychology of creativity and has been published in over 100 articles and book chapters. His books include: Thinking through creativity and culture (Transaction, 2014), Distributed creativity (Springer, 2014), Rethinking creativity (Routledge, 2014, co-edited), and Creativity: A new vocabulary (Palgrave, 2016, co-edited). He is editor/co-editor of several handbooks, among them the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research (Palgrave, 2016), the Handbook of Imagination and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017, co-edited with Tania Zittoun), and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Disciplines (Cambridge University Press, 2017, co-edited with James Kaufman and John Baer). Vlad Glăveanu is co-editing the book series Creativity and Culture for Palgrave and is the Editor of Europe’s Journal of Psychology, an open access journal published by PsychOpen.


Theme: Cultivating creativity, expanding the possible: Sociocultural reflections

Zorana IvčevićZorana Ivčević, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, received her doctorate from the University of New Hampshire, and did her postdoctoral work at the Interpersonal Communication and Interaction laboratory at Tufts University. Dr. Ivčević’s research interests center around the role of emotion and self-regulation in creativity across domains, as well as self-expression in different contexts of everyday life. She collaborated with colleagues from Denmark, Spain, China, and Croatia and published her research in journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Creative Behavior and others. She is Associate Editor of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. Dr. Ivčević received the Award for Excellence in Research from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation for her research on emotional intelligence an emotional creativity, as well as the Berlyne Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.


Theme: From daring to achieving:  Individual-level processes in creativity

Jonathan PluckerJonathan Plucker, Ph.D. is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. His research examines creativity and intelligence, education policy, and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit and over $40 million in external funding to support his work. Recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters (Harvard Ed Press), Intelligence 101 with Amber Esping (Springer), Creativity and Innovation (Prufrock), and Toward a More Perfect Psychology with Matt Makel (APA). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Plucker is the recipient of the 2012 Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from APA and 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He is president-elect of NAGC.


Theme: Increasing Student Creativity: Recent Advances and Future Directions