The University of Salamanca and the ATENEA Association collaborate in order to end with the deficiencies in the detection, identification and support for high intellectual capabilities.

Last Wednesday, the Faculty of Translation and Documentation held a colloquium titled “High Intellectual Capabilities: the importance of detection and assistance”.

The University of Salamanca and Salamanca’s Support Association for High Capabilities (ATENEA), have signed a collaboration agreement for enriching the after-school activities of children and teenagers with high intellectual capabilities. Our pursue is to be a model in the detection, education and awareness of high capabilities, and for this reason we will elaborate an ambitious Project.

In USAL, we are already working on coordinating research groups which will unite specialists and researchers from the University, associations and external entities, with the goal of improving detection and implementing measures that will enrich the education of children and teenagers with high intellectual capabilities.

The University of Salamanca is now looking for funding sources and infrastructures in order to initiate these investigations and create mechanisms that will involve primary and secondary schools and universities, as well as diverse institutions.

In this regard, we have already created the High Intellectual Capabilities Observatory with the aim of ending with the shortcomings in detecting, identifying and supporting high intellectual capabilities. Thanks to this initiative, USAL and ATENEA will offer courses, workshops, and seminars in the Faculties of the University of Salamanca in order to improve the training of future professors, teachers, psychologists and school counselors, in this area.

Within the framework of this agreement, Mª Dolores García Román, a researcher with a degree in psychology and the person in charge of the Support Unit for students with high intellectual capabilities of the Specialized Counselling Team from Málaga, gave a conference-colloquium on “High Intellectual Capabilities: importance of detection and support”.


Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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