WCCI 17th World Conference on Education
Jul 10, 2016 - Jul 15, 2016
Danubius Hotel Flamenco, Conference Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
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Keynote Speaker at the WCCI 17th World Conference in Education
Federico Mayor Zaragoza was born in Barcelona in 1934. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1958). In 1963, he became a Professor of Biochemistry at the Facultad de Farmacia of the Universidad de Granada. In 1968, he became Rector of that institution, a job he held until 1972. The following year, he was named Professor in his specialty at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In these years it started up the National Plan of Prevention of Mental Handicap, to avoid, by means of precocious diagnosis, diseases that can evolve with serious mental deterioration.
Speaker at the WCCI 17th World Conference in Education
Peter Csermely is a professor of the Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary) studying networksand talent support (www.linkgroup.hu). In 1995 he established a research network for more than 10,000 gifted high school students. Together with Leon Lederman Nobel Laureate in 2000 he started the Network of Youth Excellence (www.nyex.info) fostering talent support collaboration of 13 countries. From 2006 he chairs the Hungarian National Talent Support Council running a talent support network for ~200,000 people (www.geniuszportal.hun) and starting a European network talent support (www.talentcentrebudapest.eu). He became the president of the European Council of High Ability in 2012. He wrote and edited 15 books (including 5 talent-related books) and published 220 research papers with a total citation over 6,500. He was the member of the Wise Persons’ Council of the Hungarian President, an Ashoka, Fogarty, Howard Hughes and Rockefeller Fellow and received the 2004 Descartes Award of the European Union.
Matthias Theodor Vogt (born 1959 in Rome) is a German historian and musicologist. Since 1997 he has been professor of cultural policy and cultural history at the Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz. Vogt is the founding director of the Saxonian Institute for Cultural Infrastructure (in German: Institut für kulturelle Infrastruktur Sachsen. He studied theatre studies, philosophy, German studies and musicology. Since the 1990s he has been examining issues of cultural transformation in Europe as well as the politics and the economics of culture. He is the author and/or editor of more than one hundred works published widely across Europe in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, New York, Oxford, Vienna, as well as Tokyo. In addition, he works with organizations concerned with the development of culture under the aegis of UNESCO. Vogt, who has worked for the German government and regional authorities, is regarded in Europe, and in particular Germany, as both a reformer of cultural policies, and a scholar in the field of culture policies.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury has devoted many years as an inspirational champion for sustainable peace and development and ardently advancing the cause of the global movement for the culture of peace that has energized civil society all over the world.
As a career diplomat, Permanent Representative to United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of UNICEF Board, UN Under-Secretary-General, the Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, and recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, Spirit of the UN Award and University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Global Leadership for Peace, Ambassador Chowdhury has a wealth of experience in the critical issues of our time – peace, sustainable development, and human rights.
Jessica Carter Kimmel is a life member of WCCI. She was the program chair for the 14th Annual International WCCI Conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China. She is currently editing the papers for the Proceedings of the conference.
She is now a Professor Emerita in the Dreeben School of Education at UIW where she had been a member of the faculty since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Education specializing in Adult Education at Texas A&M. Her B.A. in English and History came from Trinity University, followed by a Master’s Degree in English, with a focus in American Literature and Philosophy. She came to Incarnate Word College in 1980 to study for Texas Teacher Certification, and fell in love with the campus, faculty, and students during her graduate work in Education. She has continued to embrace the UIW mission since that time.