E-ATP Holds Successful Conference in Lisbon – Looks forward to Amsterdam

Presentations Posted


Record breaking attendance was an early sign that E-ATP’s 2016 Gaining Advantage Through Assessment Conference was going to be an exciting event.  Situated in the Sintra Mountain Range outside Lisbon, Portugal, the Penha Longa Resort provided the perfect background for learning and networking event, now in its eighth year.

The Conference was opened by Keynote Speaker, Marten Roorda, CEO of ACT and ACT-Next.  Roorda challenged attendees to look to the future of testing with particular emphasis on adaptive assessments. Dr. Hielke Hijmans, Special Advisor to the European Data Protection Supervisor addressed attendees on the second day, giving an update on EU privacy concerns. The Closing Keynoter, Dr. Deniz Ones, Director of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota concluded the proceedings with a life-long perspective on understanding and assessing adaptive   [E-ATP Chair Cicek Sevensson visits her company's  and maladaptive attributes for employment.                                           exhibit, Comms Multilingual Ltd. in Lisbon]

New features of this year’s Conference included an Ambassador program, in which veteran delegates took first-time attendees under their wing and introduced them to ways in which they could get the most out of their Conference experience. Also new to E-ATP were Peas in a Pod Sessions in which like-minded delegates came together under a mutual interest area and dialogued on challenges and solutions.

“It was a Conference of truly energized and engaged professionals,” ATP CEO William G. Harris remarked. He noted that this year’s theme, Assessing and Developing Lifelong Learners resonated with ATP’s cross divisional membership. “Much like ATP’s Innovations Conference in North America, we saw a cross section of professionals coming in from different areas of testing and bringing varying viewpoints. But here in Europe innovative ideas are even more pronounced because they are coming in from various cultural and geographic perspectives in addition to differing industry views.”

Next year’s E-ATP conference is scheduled for 27 – 29, 2017 at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, The Netherlands – a location that is 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam.

Presentations from this year’s Conference in Lisbon are available at this link: