It is our pleasure to announce that the new webmaster of ECHA, Emily Church (a member of the team of the ECHA Secretary, Colm O'Reilly) installed a new membership handling system to our website. The system automatically sends an email response upon renewing your membership and upon the arrival of the payment (either by credit card or by electronic bank transfer as you wish). The system also sends renewal requests for those members whose membership expired. With this system now installed we hope to make the membership application and renewal process much easier and faster than before. In case you experience any problem, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.

The Guidelines for an ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE. You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE before the 30th of April 2017 by email to the Vice-President of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By May 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposals, inform applicants about each others proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until June 30th. The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 17th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and at the ECHA website by 15th July 2017. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network has elected its first Council for the years of 2016 to 2018. Members of the Council are: Marco Agozzino (Italy), Armin Fabian (Romania), Liliana Gerse (Austria), Lukas Kyzlik (Czech Republic) and Elle Loughran (Ireland). ECHA wishes all of them a very successful organization of the cooperation of gifted and talented young people in Europe.

It is our pleasure to announce that the ECHA General Committee selected Dubrovnik, Croatia as the venue of the 1st Thematic ECHA Conference. The conference topic is "Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective". The conference will take place between 16 and 18 October 2019 in the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. The English language conference will be organized by the Faculty of Education of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osiek in Croatia, and will feature 3 excellent keynote speakers, a Youth Summit, plenty of discussion time in parallel and poster sessions, and a lucrative social program. Abstract submission will be opened on 1st September 2017 and will be closed on 30th April 2018. More info can be received from Zeljko Racki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Due to the more pronounced role of ECHA in the organization of European talent support (promoting the cooperation with many other continents too) there is a spectacularly increased interest and activity related to the Facebook page of ECHA. We had 500 members in February, 750 in October, and in mid-December we passed the 1000-membership level of ECHAGroup. There is more than one new post per day on exciting news, interesting questions, and cooperation proposals. Many thanks for all contributors to this whealth of information on gifted education and talent support! If you are on Facebook, and you have not done so yet, please join our community!

The EGIFT project is and Erasmus+ funded project with the goal of helping educators in mainstream classrooms to provide appropriate educational opportunities for gifted students in their classes. To serve this goal we propose to increase the competency and skills of these educators through the use of an Open Educational Resource, or OER; and a number of training events taking place across Europe.

On the 28th of October 2016 the representatives of the European and Associated European Talent Centres met for the second time. The meeting was held in Budapest organised by the European Talent Centre – Budapest. Out of the 19 Talent Centres 16 were represented at the meeting where the Hungarian Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Katalin Novák was also present during the celebration of the newly qualified 5 centres. The Academy for Talented Youth from Denmark, the South German Talent Centre from Germany, the Centre for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College from Greece and the Tribal Mensa Centre from India got their certificates for being qualified as a European Talent Centre from from Lianne Hoogeveen, the Chair of the Qualification Committee, from Peter Csermely, the President of ECHA and from Katalin Novák, the Minister of State. Unfortunately, the new Peruvian Associated Talent Centre, the Future Minds, was not able to participate at the ceremony.

Thus the number of European Talent Centres increased to 19 (including the two Associated European Talent Centres) during the past two years. The Network has now close to 300 participating organizations from 39 countries all over the world. Due to this rapid expansion it became necessary to elect a Network Council in order to represent and coordinate the affairs of the Network the most effective way. The Network Council election process took place between 15 September and 24 October and had two phases:  the nomination phase and the voting process. During the meeting Lianne Hoogeveen, the Caretaker of the election summarized the results of the voting process: 62% of total possible votes from 27 countries were received; 79% of Talent Centres voted. All the five Network Council nominees were elected with 76% of votes or more.

After the Celebration part of the meeting the Talent Centre representatives discussed and decided on several issues in connection with the future development of the European Talent Support Network. After the meeting of the representatives the newly elected Network Council also held its first meetings on the 28th and on the 29th of October with the participation of Armin Fabian, as the representative of its Youth Platform. We all wish the Network a very successful cooperation! Details and calls of joint projects will be published on this web-site in the coming weeks and months. The Network is open for new participants, the registration of Talent Points will be re-opened in February and the 3rd round of Talent Centre applications will be opened in March.