News on High Ability
The General Committee of ECHA decided to celebrate the 30th birthday of ECHA by collecting the available information and memories of our past 15 International ECHA Conferences. These conferences were always the highlights of ECHA’s life, which gave again and again a great impetus for research, its applications and cooperation both in gifted education and talent support. The Committee asked Ragnild Zonneveld to mobilize the collective memory of ECHA on its conferences. Please find an Introduction and the history of all 15 past International ECHA Conferences here. We wish a great next 30 years to ECHA in cooperation and enrichment!
Gifted and talented students participating in the First European Youth Summit 2016, which was held in Vienna (Austria) between 29 February and 5 March 2016, summarized their needs in education and life. The document, having the title "Charter on the rights of gifted students" can be downloaded from here Youth Platform Charter. The successful Summit took place in parallel with the 15th International Conference of ECHA. Participating students continued the discussion on the document with the supervision of Monica Parodi, Ph.D., specialist in political legislation and Anna Maria Roncoroni, Ph.D., member of the General Committee of ECHA. The document (which was modified several times during the discussions of the students) is intending to call the attention and action of all parties involved in bettering the life of gifted and talented students, be them politicians, teachers at any level of the education system, potential mentors, tutors, parents and all members of the societies in Europe and other continents. The document wants to contribute to the process of making these societies more and more supportive for the help of gifted and talented as their key resource and – in fact – as their life insurance to solve the unprecedented challenges mankind faces in the 21st century. In the meantime we had a successful 2nd European Youth Summit in Budapest earlier this year. The next 3 Summits will take place during the 2018 and 2020 International ECHA Conferences in Dublin and Porto, respectively, as well as during the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik. The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network started several other projects which you may follow here: https://www.facebook.com/ypetsn/.
In reply to several inqueries the Qualification Committe of ECHA announce to extent the deadline of the Application to be European or an Associated European Talent Centre a by 22nd October.
Note that there will be no further extension of this deadline.
Pay your ECHA membership fee or become an ECHA member now by filling in your data here: http://echa.info/membership. Under the new scheme of ECHA membership introduced earlier this year (http://echa.info/193-new-memb
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes.
Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from: http://echa.info/images/documents/high-ability/European-Talent-Support-Network-ECHA-General-Assembly.pdf
The General Assembly of ECHA elected the Qualification Committee in 2016: http://www.echa.info/qualification-committee to qualify European Talent Centres.
The Qualification Committee invites European or in case of Associated Centres non European talent support organisations to submit their application to become a European or Associated European Talent Centre.
A European Talent Centre should be an organisation, or a distinct part of a larger organisation, established for this role. European Talent Centres might organise activities in the field of high ability in a region or a country (meaning that there might be more than one European Talent Centre per European country, and applications may cover more than one country).
You can read about the results of the first round (2015) and the second round (2016) of applications here: http://www.echa.info/129-breaking-news-the-first-14-european-talent-centres and here: http://www.echa.info/170-five-new-centres-in-the-european-talent-support-network
You can only apply on-line on the ETSN website (http://etsn.eu/apply-to-become-a-talent-centre/); the application form in a pdf format and its scoring sheet can be downloaded from here, too. The Qualification Committee will evaluate your application by aggregating the scores as a whole. Applications will not be judged against each criteria separately. Successful proven past activity and potential future engagements in the field would be of key importance in this process.
Existing European Talent Centres will be re-evaluated every other year (i.e. in 2019, 2021 etc.) by the Qualification Committee of ECHA to ensure that they still fulfil the criteria. If the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the title of European Talent Centre may be suspended or withdrawn by the Committee.
 The notion of hubs (Talent Centres) and nodes (Talent Points) in the forming European Talent Support Network does not mean a hierarchical structure. European Talent Points will be linked to the Network through European Talent Centres. European Talent Points may also develop contacts with multiple European Talent Centres and each other. Talent Centers should be considered as coordinating centers. There is a possibility for a joint-application to be a European Talent Centre requiring no potential European Talent Points (schools, parent organisations, organisations in gifted education, etc.) for that particular Centre. That gives a way to make a fully non-hierarchical network in countries, or regions, where it is preferred.