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American xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Junior Academy of Science

Joan Messer, PhD
Nationality: United States of America
Employment: Instructor; Jones County Junior College; Ellisville, Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors; University of Southern Mississippi (USM) 1988
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry; USM 1994
Professional affiliations/positions:
  • Executive Director- American Junior Academy of Science 1999-present
  • National Association for the Academies of Science- board member 1999-present
  • World Academy of Young Scientists- member and liaison
  • Network for Youth Excellence -charter member and liaison
  • Member/director of the US delegation; International Science & Engineering Camp, South Korea; 2004.
  • Speaker at the NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop; Eger, Hungary; 2004
  • 1996 Preproposal Review Panel Member for the National Science Foundation in Advanced Technological Education
  • Mississippi Community & Junior College Faculty Association president
National teaching awards:
  • Exxon Education Foundation Innovation Teaching Award (1996)
  • Invited speaker to the National Academies of Science Executive Teacher’s Council; 2005
State teaching awards:
  • Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of Science at the Community College Level Teaching Award for the State of Mississippi (1997)
  • Recognized by the Mississippi House of Representative, Mississippi State Senate and Lt. Gov. Ronnie Musgrove for "significant contributions in the teaching of science in Mississippi"- 3/3/97.
  • Honored in House Concurrent Resolution No. 91 passed by the Mississippi House of  Representative (3-16-2000) & Mississippi  State Senate "for recognition in being named the National Director of AJAS " 3/22/2000.
  • The Dudley F. Peeler Award for Outstanding Contributions to The Mississippi Academy of Sciences (2002)
  • Eight peer-reviewed publications and over 60 published abstracts, short articles and newsletters
  • Eighteen grants/events submitted/funded

Arachne Association (Czech Republic)












Pavlína Brettlová


As a board member, I would like to initiate discussion how to find a communication channel between policy makers and us. I think it is important not only to sustain and criticise political decisions but also try to find the way how to improve things and how to become involved in process of policy making. Talented students are in some respects a group of people with special needs. Usually they are found to be able to solve their problems themselves but this is not always true. It is important to encourage them in their activities as they are potential driving force of the society.
1996 - 2004    Arcus, Private secondary school (Prague, Czech Republic)
2004 - on    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Organisms, Faculty of Science, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic)
During my studies at Arcus I took part in English, chemical and biological Olympiad. I have also attended biological and chemical clubs since 2002. A year later I became a participant of Arachne courses.
PERSONAL INTERESTS: I deeply concern myself about the whole spectrum of natural science because I enjoy to see the relations in nature. Apart from that I like sports especially running. I also enjoy playing flute and art, mostly drawing.

Bildung und Begabung (Germany)











Dr. Harald Wagner

Date and place of birth:  Ratzeburg, Germany,  31 October 1943           
Nationality:  German
  • 1969 Diploma in Psychology, University of Hamburg;
  • 1979 PhD Psychology, University of Hamburg              
  • 1969 – 1976  Research Assistant, University of Hamburg;
  • 1976 - 1981  Academic Assistant, University of Hamburg;
  • 1981 -  1986  Assistant Professor, University of Hamburg;
  • 1986 - 1988  Research Scientist, University of Hamburg;
  • 1988 - Executive Director, Bildung und Begabung e.V., Bonn


  • main field: talent development
  • other fields: identification, counselling, developmental and educational psychology; current research interest: talent development by competitions and academic summer programs
Membership of Professional Societies:
  • President, Arbeitskreis Begabungsforschung und Begabungsförderung (ABB) e.V (Association for talent research and promotion) (since 1997)
  • Secretary and Treasurer, European Council for High Ability (ECHA) (1991-2004) Member, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Inc.

Department of Gifted Students Ministry of Education (Israel)


Shlomit  Rachmel ()

Euroscience Greek Regional Section (Greece)









Michael S. Arvanitis

Michael S. Arvanitis was born in Athens in 1976. He studied mathematics, Technology Management, Business Innovation, literary translation and holds a PhD thesis on applied geophysics. He works as researcher at the National Observatory of Athens and at the University of Thessaloniki and he is giving seminars at the University of Athens. He is also professor since 2003 at City University (WA). He has worked at several companies as project manager and currenly he is the R&D manager of Geomorph. He is editor in several scientific and non-scientific journals and magazines. He holds the chair of the Greek regional section of Euroscience and has promoted science for children and talented youth. He is rapporteur of the EU on researchers’ mobility from and to eastern European countries and he is reviewer and rapporteur on the projects of the FP6. He is member of the Translations Committee of the SEG and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Golden Mind Association for the Gifted (Hungary)











Dr. Maria Herskovits

First I used to work in vocational guidance, there I became interested in the developement of highly able adolescents. The topic of my PhD work was level of aspiration, achievemnet motivation. Next step was becoming researcher (at the Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), identifying giftedness at the age of 9-14 years. I was among the founding members of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) and served as board member 1992- 2000. We established the Hungarian Association for Gifted in 1990, I am the vice-president of it. Based of all these experiences it succeeded to establish the Centre of Gifted in the frame of the Budapest Institute for Education in1994, and served as the leader of it. Our activities were offering psychological/pedagogical counselling for gifted children and their parents, running enrichement programs ont the weekends, and summercamps  for 5-14 years old children, and teacher-trainings. In 2004 because of financial shortcuts  our work has been stopped. We immedietly established the Aranyelme (Golden Brain) Association for Gifted (I am the president), and have been continuing all the activites without any break.

Hungarian Research Students Association (Hungary)











Ms. Katalin Sulyok

Katalin Sulyok was born in 1986 in Szeged. Katalin graduated  in the Miklós Radnóti High School. She joined the movement in 2002 when she participated in a biological research camp held for high school students. Katalin was chief organizer of the  5th National Conferences of Research Students. Now she is learning at the biology faculty of University of Szeged. The association’s general assembly at its conference in Káptalanfüred in 2004 elected her the President. Her hobby, in addition to playing the guitar, is reading.

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (USA)








Dr. Peggy Connolly

Doctor of Education- Portland State, Oregon State, & University of Oregon 1989

Positions, Awards:

  • Membership Coordinator, Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy 1991-
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Council of Delegates 2004-
  • National Association of the Academies of Science Board of Directors 2004-
  • WAYS (World Academy of Young Scientists) Board Advisor 2004-
  • NIH-UIC Research Ethics Scholars Project 2000-2002
  • Member/Research Ethics Trainer: US Delegation to Youth Science Festival, Beijing, 2004
  • Northwestern University/Central DuPage Health Institutional Review Board 2000-01/02-04
  • Judge, Moderator/Case Writer National Collegiate Ethics Bowl 1999- /2001-
  • Teacher of Merit: Intel Science Talent Search 2000, 2002, 2004
  • Scientific America Outstanding Achievement in Education 2000
  • Outstanding Woman Leader in DuPage County: Education 1998
  • College of DuPage Adade Eheeler Gender Equity Award, 1996
  • Certificate of Honor for Meritorious Work with Science Students 1993, 1994, 1996
  • Westinghouse Science Talent Search

Kim Institute for the Korean Gifted (Korean Republic)











Dr. Kim, Myoung Hwan

Date of birth : 23 Dec. 1958 in Seoul, Korea
  • Bachelor of Science, Dep. of Physics Education, Seoul National University in 1982
  • Master of Science Education, Dep. of Physics Education, Seoul National University in 1985
  • Doctor of Science Education, Dep. of Science Education, Seoul National University in 1995
  • Science teacher in Myeonmok middle school, 1982.3-1983.10
  • Research and Teaching Assistant in Seoul National University, 1983.11-1987.2
  • Physics teacher in Hyundai high school, 1987.3-1996.2
  • National Delegate of World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, 1993-2002
Present Position:
  • Director, Kim Institute for the Korean Gifted
  • Research Prof., Dept. of Physics, University of Incheon
  • Principal, Sinil Kindergarten
  • Deputy Researcher, Jangyoungsil Society of kindergarten science
  • Member, Committee of National Science Museum (Ministry of Science and Technology)
  • Member, Promotion Committee for the science gifted education (Ministry of Science and Technology)
  • Member, Promotion Committee for the gifted education (Province of Kyunggi-do)

Montgomery County Public Schools (USA)









Sandra Shmookler

Sandra Shmookler is the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools. Her responsibilities include: Project Director, Howard Hughes Medical Institutes/National Institutes of Health/MCPS sponsored programs; Staff Representative to the MCPS Educational Foundation; Liaison for partnership with John Hopkins University and with the University of Maryland; Coordinator for MCPS/National Institutes of Health Post Doc Program; Liaison with Northern Ireland and British Councils's Teachers' International Professional Development, facilitate their teacher and principal study visits with MCPS; Montgomery County Public Schools Biotechnology Committee; Liaison to American Psychological Association; and a Member of the MCPS Health and Safety Committee; and Staff Liaison for Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program.

National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (Romania)











Dr. Dan Sporea

Dr. Dan Sporea is heading the Laser Metrology and Standardization Laboratory in our Institute, Laboratory which is accredited by the Romanian Accreditation Body as both a testing and a calibration laboratory for laser-based products and optical fiber system. For the "Hands-on Science" project, Dr. Sporea is acting as the project Director for Romania. Some of the major activities he cordinated are related to:  the promotion along with other groups from the "Pholitehnica" University of Bucharest and the University of Bucharest, of the use and training on virtual instrumentation in high school laboratories, this type of teaching being a premiere at European level; the organization of itinerant experimental sessions in different parts of Romania; the endorsement of the develeopment by high school teachers and students of virtual experiments on physics and the associated printed materials; the support for our partner schools in organizing a national level of "science fairs"; the preparation of teaching materials in electronic and multimedia formats; assistance for the access to experimental-based teaching to less favored groups (minorities, orphan childrens, students from rural areas); the dissemination of the projects results through lectures, conferences, communication sessions. In this efforts to develop this project he obtained the support of some companies acting as sponsors.

Petnica Science Center (Serbia and Montenegro)









Srdjan Verbic

Srdjan Verbic is the head of PSC international programs. He has graduated Physics at Belgrade University in 1993 and received masters degree in Artificial intelligence in 2001. He works in Petnica Science Center since 1994. Verbic has been the head of PSC physics program for eight years and he organized and led more than 80 seminars and workshops in physics for secondary-school and university students, as well as a number of teacher training courses. Since 1998 he is a member of International Advisory Board of "First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics". Verbic is also the president of Petnica Students' Conference Organizational Committee. He speaks English fluently. He used to be a student participant of Petnica programs back in 1984 and 1985

TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology (Israel)


Menahem Kaftory

Place and Date of Birth: Rehovot 18.8.1943  
Present Employment: At the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology since 1979. Professor of Chemistry, Technion, Haifa, Israel since 1994.
Special Activities at the Technion:
  • Dean of Students 1995 – 2000;
  • Head of the Center for Pre-University Education at the Technion  2001 – on;
  • Senate Committee for Undergraduate and Graduate studies 1994 – 2000, 2002 – 2003;
  • Judge at the Disciplenary Court for Students 2002 - on
Previous Academic Appointments:
  • Research Fellow, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland 1973 - 1975
  • Research Fellow; Max-Planck Institute Für Experimentelle Medizin, Gottingen, Germany Winter 1978;
  • Visiting Associate Professor, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA 1987 - 1988;
  • Visiting Scientist, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Summer 1991;
  • Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Summer 1994;
  • Visiting Scientist, Essen Univ., Germany, Spring 2000;
  • Visiting Scholar, Brandeis Univ., U.S.A. Summer  2000
Over 120 pablications in refereed professional Journals, and 5 chapters in books

Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa
Since 1994 Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa organized and coordinated eleven research projects in pedagogical aspects of physics and science and technology teaching at different school level and backgrounds. He produced educational hands-on experiments kits, several research papers and delivered organized or induced a large number of lectures, training courses, hands-on activities’ sessions, science fairs and students’ science clubs. He is the coordinator of the European Network “Hands-on Science” of the Comenius 3 action of the Socrates program of the European Commission that aims the promotion of an enlarged use of hands-on experiments in science education.

Visnjan Science and Education Center (Croatia)

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Korado Korlevic

Born in the city of  Porec 1958, he spent the college years in the city of Pula where he became an active member of the local amateur astronomical society. That was followed by years of observing, making telescopes and teaching. As student started he to teach gifted pupils the introduction to science through astronomical courses at the Amateur Astronomical Society of Visnjan. In the year 1981. got a B.Sc. from the pedagogical faculty of Rijeka. From that period, the problem of the motivation of gifted children become a "file rogue" of the following years of  work as teacher of polytechnics and computer science. At the end of the '80 with a group of  "same thinkers" he started the "Yugoslav School of Astronomy", which after the war became known as  "The Visnjan School of Astronomy".  As an amateur astronomer he started to observe meteors seriously and participated in the IMO as the organization formed. The work on meteors culminated with the participation in the  "1st International Tunguska Expedition", with two main projects.
  The search of the possible strewn field gave tens of kilograms of samples, from which drops of resin from the Tunguska explosion were extracted. The analysis of that resin and a long the tree rings specimen at the Bologna University resulted in a series of Italian expeditions during the following years.  At that time the war in Croatia blocked nearly all activities, but the work whit gifted pupils at Visnjan was intensified.
    Motivated by the problem of bright fireballs, the results of the analysis of the Tunguska samples and a growing perception that the next "Tunguska" is better if analyzed in space instead on the ground, Korado started the work to replace the Visnjan Observatory's telescope lost during the Bosnian war. After few years and help of a group of friends the new, specialized telescope produced the first
astrometric line in the 1995.  Very soon astrometry measurements were followed by the first discoveries of asteroids and comets from Croatia.
    Korado Korlevic was the editor of the
"Nebeske krijesnice"  newsletter and referee for astronomical articles regarding small bodies and impact topics. The main challenge is still the search of  better, more effective way to motivate the gifted pupils, and for that purpose few very different educational activities are organized at the Visnjan observatory. His free time is dedicated to family and the construction of astronomical instruments, meteor observations, micrometeorite analysis, optimization of asteroid and comet astrometry and their observations, workshops on methods of creative thinking, entomology excursions, painting,  etc...

Member of the following associations: 

  • International Meteor Organization
  • The Planetary Society
  • Spaceguard Foundation
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • ECHA - European Council for High Ability
  • National Geographic Society
  • Croatian entomological society
  • Lions International

Honorary Member:

  • Associazzione Friulana di Astronomia e Meteorologia-Udine
  • Astrofili Forlivesi "J.Hevelius" - Forli'
  • AD "Infinitum" - Zagreb


  • Porec city prize "San Mauro"  - "for the educational achievements"
  • Asteroid  10201 was  named  "Korado" - "for his educational, astronomical and social contribution
  • Edgar Wilson Award 1999 - "for comet discovery"
  • Edgar Wilson Award 2000 - "for comet discovery"
  • Ivan Filipovic Award 2002 - Croatian Ministry of Education

XLAB-Goettingen Experimental Laboratory (Germany)






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