Symposium Nine

Symposium Nine:

Best Practices in Talent Search


European Talent Centre, Budapest, Hungary


Participants:European Talent Centre ICIE Conference

Csilla Fuszek

European Talent Centre, Budapest


Balázs Klein 

University of Debrecen


Kristóf Kovács, Ph.D.

Eszterházy Károly College

Mensa International


Szilvia Péter-Szarka, Ph.D.

University of Debrecen



Mojca Juriševič, Ph.D.
Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness at Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.


The Hungarian Templeton Program, lasting until 28 February 2017, is a pilot program that aims to identify, nurture and support exceptional Hungarian cognitive talents aged between 10 and 29. The program identified 315 exceptional Hungarian cognitive talents between the age of 10 and 29 (Hungarian Junior Templeton Fellows), out of nearly 20,000 applicants whose test results were evaluated in two age groups (10-19 and 20-29). Participants of the workshop will be provided with an overview of the program in general and the identification phase in particular. This is followed by an introduction to the first round of the identification process for the age group of 10-19 (the “Big Ability Test” of the Hungarian Templeton Program), which consisted of four online tests of cognitive ability: an adaptive test of fluid intelligence, an adaptive vocabulary test, a test of working memory (the N-back test), and a problem-solving test requiring divergent thinking. Participants will also gain an understanding of the basic principles of computerized adaptive testing and the advantages of adaptivity in large-scale identification processes.