History of Mensa Conferences on Talent Development

Mensa CR has been organizing specialized conferences on education ever since 2007. This tradition was founded by the then Chairman of Mensa CR, Václav Fořtík, and since 2012, organizers Tomáš Blumenstein and Hana Kalusová, in co-operation with Lenka Šnajdrová, Dana Havlová, and other colleagues have continued in their tracks.

The speakers who have given lectures include dozens of experts including teachers, psychologists, representatives of the Ministry of Education, and other experts in the field. We have had the honour of welcoming personalities such as prof. Milan Hejný, Dr. Jolana Laznibatová, Ass.Prof. Šárka Portešová, MUDr. Ranko Rajovič, and others.

For more information, please read the reports from the individual conferences that have taken place over the last several years.

Education for the Future Conference – March 2018

4.3.2018 | More information...

At the beginning of March 2011, conferencing in the Czech Republic came alive again through an exceptional event. Mensa CR, co-operating with the World of Education, National Institute for Further Education, and Fraus Publishing House, prepared a two-day national meeting of supporters of effective education, digital learning, and children’s talent development.

Jiří Balcar, Vít Beran, Tomáš Blumenstein, Jeanne Bočková, Václav Brdek, Kateřina Círová, Miroslav Dvořák, Lenka Eckertová, Jiří Fraus, Dana Havlová, Milan Hejný, Irena Hošková, Lenka Jedličková, Gabriela Klečková, Gisela Kostelecká and others
2.3.2018  —  3.3.2018
ČVUT – CIIRC, Jugoslávských partyzánů 1580/3, Prague

Mensa Conference on Talent Development – February 2016

28.2.2016 | More information...

The conference was held at the lovely and inspirational premises of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The opening speech by Ass. Prof. PhDr. Šárka Portešová, Ph.D. was dedicated to the current development in the care for talented and gifted children from a long-term perspective.

Ass. Prof. PhDr. Šárka Portešová, Ph.D., Ing. Tomáš Blumenstein, Mgr. Dana Havlová, Ing. Hana Kalusová and others
23.2.2016, 8:00  —  24.2.2016, 14:00
Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Sněmovní 1, 118 00 Prague (1st day, conference) / The Mensa Grammar School, Španielova 1111/19, 163 00 Prague (2nd day, workshops)

Mensa Conference on Talent Development – March 2015

26.3.2015 | More information...

On Tuesday March 24th, 2015, I set out for the Parliament of the Czech Republic to participate in the Mensa Conference for Talent Development. As a parent of two first-graders, I came to draw inspiration and find out what kind of activities are organized by schools to support the development of children.

Prof. RNDr. Milan Hejný, CSc., Ing. Tomáš Blumenstein, Ing. Hana Kalusová, Ing. Pavlína Boučková, PhDr. Jitka Fořtíková, Ph.D., Mgr. Dana Havlová, Mgr. Miloslav Hubatka, PaedDr. Marie Nedvědová and others
24.3.2015, 8:00  —  25.3.2015, 14:00
Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Sněmovní 1, 118 00 Prague (1st day, conference) / The Mensa Grammar School, Španielova 1111/19, 163 00 Prague (2nd day, workshops)

Mensa Conference on Talent Development – November 2014

19.11.2014 | More information...

The traditional Mensa Conference on Talent Development brought new insights, experience, and stimuli for schools, clubs, after school groups, and families. This report also includes links to related websites.

PhDr. Jitka Fořtíková, Ph.D., prof. RNDr. Milan Hejný, CSc., MUDr. Zuzana Ludvíková, Ass. Prof. PaedDr. Jana Škrabánková, Ph.D., Ing. Tomáš Blumenstein, Mgr. Dana Havlová, Mgr. Vladimíra Ottomanská, PhDr. Věra Olšáková and others
19.11.2014, 8:30  —  19.11.2014, 17:00
Národní dům, Vojáčkovo nám. 218/1, 796 01 Prostějov

Mensa Conference on Talent Development – March 2014

16.3.2014 | More information...

This Mensa Talent Development Conference took place on 13th and 14th March 2014. Many experts in the field of gift development gave interesting lectures. The programme of the conference was focused on teachers from primary and nursery schools, as well as on parents.

PhDr. Jolana Laznibatová, CSc., MUDr. Ranko Rajović, PaedDr. Jiří Rozehnal, Ass. Prof. PaedDr. Jana Škrabánková, Ph.D., PhDr. Hana Halfarová, Mgr. Dana Havlová, Ing. Tomáš Blumenstein and others
13.3.2014, 8:00  —  14.3.2014, 14:00
Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Sněmovní 1, 118 00 Prague (1st day, conference) / The Mensa Grammar School, Španielova 1111/19, 163 00 Prague (2nd day, workshops)

Mensa Conference on Talent Development – November 2013

14.11.2013 | More information...

On Wednesday, 13th November, 2013, Prostějov hosted (under the watchful cameras of Czech TV) an Autumn Mensa Conference on Talent Development, organized by Mensa CR. A total of 115 participants, mostly teachers, psychologists, and other people interested in working with talented children, participated in the event.

PhDr. Jolana Laznibatová, CSc., PhDr. Hana Halfarová, PaedDr. Jiří Rozehnal, Ing. Tomáš Blumenstein, Mgr. Alena Kýrová, Mgr. Marie Müllerová, Mgr. Markéta Valtrová, Mgr. René Gavlas, Mgr. Radka Foltová and others
13.11.2013, 8:30  —  13.11.2013, 16:00
Národní dům, Vojáčkovo nám. 218/1, 796 01 Prostějov

Mensa Conference on Talent Development – November 2012

11.10.2012 | More information...

“There is no guide, no handbook on development and care for gifted children. Every school and every teacher finds their own ways to do it. Thanks to this conference, those who are really interested were given the time and opportunity to meet, gain new information, experience, and to network among themselves,” Dana Havlova said about the event that brought more than a hundred teachers, representatives of Mensa Gifted Children Clubs, and interested parents from all over the Czech Republic into a lecture hall of the National House in Prostějov, on Friday, 9th November. The busy schedule of lectures gave them a lot of theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience on how to identify gifted children and to work with them. 

Ass. Prof. Šárka Portešová, Ph.D., PhDr. Hana Halfarová, Mgr. Božena Kučková, Mgr. Lenka Valentová, Mgr. Romana Divínová, Mgr. Miloslav Hubatka, Ing. Tomáš Blumenstein, PaedDr. Jiří Rozehnal and others
9.11.2012, 8:30  —  9.11.2012, 16:00
Národní dům, Vojáčkovo nám. 218/1, 796 01 Prostějov