2015 World Conference

Share your knowledge and learn from educators from around the world at the 21st Biennial World Conference, the official conference of the WCGTC. This unique international event brings together leaders in the field of gifted and talented education every two years to promote communication among one another and share best practices and experiences. For more information see www.worldgifted2015.com.

Past Conferences

The World Council hosts a biennial World Conference at a major international city during late July or early August in odd-numbered years. Past conferences have been held in San Francisco, Jerusalem, Montréal, Manila, Hamburg, Salt Lake City, Sydney, The Hague, Toronto, Hong Kong, Seattle, Istanbul, Barcelona, Adelaide, New Orleans, Warwick, Vancouver, Prague, and Louisville. The 2015 World Conference will be held in Odense, Denmark.

Awards & Nominations

In conjunction with the WCGTC biennial conference, the Executive Committee of the World Council presents awards in four different areas of recognition: research, creativity, leadership, and distinguished service. Applications for these awards are submitted to Headquarters, and the Awards and Scholarship Committee, with the approval of the Executive Committee, assumes the responsibility for selecting the recipients.

Announcements shall be made in the World Gifted newsletter and on the website a year before the World Conference for submission of nominations. Nominations for awards may be submitted only by a current, paid-up World Council member. Nomination forms can be found on the highlighted link below. Forms should be received at Headquarters by April 1, 2015.


  • The World Council Distinguished Service Award
    The recipient must have made an outstanding contribution to gifted education as reflected in service to the WCGTC and in the furtherance of its purposes over a period of ten years or more.
  • The International Creativity Award
    The recipient must have international recognition in the field of creativity and must have made significant contributions to promoting creativity in education.
  • The International Award for Research
    The recipient must have international recognition in gifted education and made significant contributions through research in establishing gifted education as a recognized field of study in education, in extending the knowledge base of gifted education, and in improving the practice of gifted education.
  • The A. Harry Passow International Award for Leadership in Gifted Education
    The recipient must have international stature as a leader in gifted education—one whose life and work have significantly influenced policy and practices in gifted education or one who has made other outstanding contributions in promoting the cause of gifted education worldwide.


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