News on High Ability
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 If the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the title of European Talent Centre may be suspended or withdrawn by the Committee.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.
It is our pleasure to announce that the 17th International ECHA Conference will take place in the historic city of Porto in Portugal between the 9th and 12th September 2020. We look forward to this exciting meeting having the major topic of Capacity and Talent including educational policies, innovative and technological educational practices, identification and evaluation, case studies and all areas of gifted education and talent support. The conference will provide networking options for the European Talent Support Network and will host the 2020 European Youth Summit. Please mark the event in your calendar NOW! We look forward to see you at this momentous event.
It is our pleasure to inform you that ECHA's scholarly journal, High Ability Studies has a 2016 impact factor of 1.13. This is a substantial increase from 2015’s 0.737. The increase in impact factor is also reflected in the Scopus metrics, where High Ability Studies now has a CiteScore of 0.95, compared with that of 0.56 for 2015. Congratulations to Albert Ziegler, the Editor-in-Chief, and all contributing authors! Please consider sending your high quality papers to our journal, increasing its (and your!) impact further.
The European Talent Support Network established a home-page, which can be visited here: http://etsn.eu/. The homepage (http://etsn.eu/history-of-ets
The Network (and its European Talent Centres) issued a call for applications to become a European Talent Point (or an Associated European Talent Point situated outside Europe). The call is open until October 30th but applications are evaluated continuously and applying organizations will hear a response within a month of their submission. Applications should be sent via the on-line Application Form accessible here: http://etsn.eu/apply-to-join-e
The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network organized the second European Youth Summit from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April in Budapest, Hungary. 63 young talented people from 17 countries took part at the successful event. Besides discussions with guest speakers, including Albert Ziegler, Szilvia Péter-Szarka, William Benkő and Peter Csermely, participants tried the Be-novative application (https://www.be-novative.com/) through a brainstorming session at the Central European University (CEU). 22 lightning talks were presented by the Youth Platform members and 3 workshops were organized on the Innovation Day of the confernence. Workshops initiated joint projects such as to help underprivileged talented children, international mentoring programme, Youth Expedition of Science (YES), etc. Special thanks to the professional organizer team: Csilla Fuszek, Petra Fügedi and Zsuzsa Szilágyi. The third and fourth Youth Summits will be at the 2018 International ECHA Conference in Dublin (http://echa2018.info) and the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik (http://echa.info/186-1st-thematic-echa-conference-on-creativity-dubrovnik-croatia-16-18-october-2019). More information about the Youth Platform and the application process can be found here: http://youthplatform.g6.cz/.
The General Committee of ECHA decided that from 2017 ECHA membership has a quarterly structure, meaning that ECHA membership expires at the end of the 4th quarter year after its payment (e.g. on December 31st 2017 in case you pay your membership until 31st March, on March 31st 2018, if you pay in the next quarter, etc.). Members who apply or renew their membership until March 31st, will receive the Spring ECHA News to their email address and the first issue of High Ability Studies -- if they are full members (student members can receive the journal by paying a nominal fee of 27 EUR at this page: http://echa.info/membership). Members paying their fee until September 30th will receive the Fall ECHA News and the second issue of High Ability Studies. We encourage you to become a member of ECHA/renew your membership before March 31st to enjoy the full benefits of your ECHA membership in 2017. Please apply/renew today here: http://echa.info/membership.
International ECHA Conferences were and remained biannual summits of European talent support in the last close to three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits.
The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education or help of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 17th International ECHA Conference in September 2020.