Call for submissions special issue: Addressing complex problems in Higher Education Talent Programs


Special issue: Addressing complex problems in Higher Education Talent Programs

Journal of the European Honors Council (JEHC) invites submissions to Volume 6 Number 1 (2022) for inclusion in a special issue on complex problems in Higher Education Talent Programs.

The grand challenges of our time are so complex and/or multifaceted that they can best be addressed using innovative approaches, such as interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approaches. Such approaches require crossing boundaries between perspectives and science domains. Talent programs in higher education (i.e. programs aimed at assisting talented students in accelerating their growth) can provide particularly fruitful environments in which students can prepare themselves for handling complex challenges by familiarizing themselves with inter-/transdisciplinary problem-solving. The types of problems can vary from developing new forms of water management to new sustainable approaches in chemical research, urban renewal, healthcare technology, future-proof education, etc.  

How students work on familiarizing themselves with inter/transdisciplinary problem-solving varies greatly within and between talent programs. This special issue of the Journal of the European Honors Council aims to provide a platform for educators, educational researchers and other stakeholders to showcase their efforts and share knowledge. The goal is to facilitate the exchange of both success stories and lessons learned that can help others to (further) develop their talent programs.

We are looking for research papers of up to 5,000 words and edited notes of up to 2,500 words. Research papers should focus on presenting findings of a research project. Edited notes can contain a summary of (preliminary) findings or good practices.

Selection for publication will be made based on specificity in describing:

  • the educational context, taking into account that talent programs vary greatly within and between educational institutions and within and between countries
  • the (societal) issue(s) addressed in the program
  • how inter-/transdisciplinarity is defined in your context, why a inter-/transdisciplinary approach is essential, and how it is facilitated
  • lessons others learn from the experiences in the program


Submission guidelines

The submission guidelines and templates can be obtained here.


About the Journal

The aim of the JEHC is to share research results, knowledge and good practices related to talent development in higher education. We do so by publishing peer-reviewed research papers, as well as notes on good practices or preliminary research results.

The journal publishes in full open access and free of charge for authors. The author(s) retain(s) copyright of their contributions. Contributions are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0).

Journal of the European Honors Council is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals.


Important dates

Deadline for submitting your contribution: April 30th 2023

Planned publication: September 2023


All inquiries should be directed to the editorial board (Jorien Vugteveen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, coordinating editor)