The Austrian Research and Support Centre for the Gifted and Talented in Salzburg (ÖZBF) and the Institute TIBI, the department for gifted education at the Private University College for Teacher Education in Vienna, have a long tradition of cooperation in talent-related issues.
The ÖZBF is the national institution for the further development of gifted education and the promotion of excellence in Austria. In line with its vision “supporting talent, shaping the future” it supports persons, institutions and initiatives promoting young people’s talents. It was established in 1999 and is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education and Women’s Affairs, and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
The Institute TIBI, founded in 2004, provides a variety of offers, particularly for teachers. The team initiates and supports concepts, ideas and projects which are dedicated to the development of the many gifts and potentials of young people. The main objective is to make every child‘s education a personal success in order to pave the way into an autonomous and responsible life.
Both, the Institute TIBI as well as the ÖZBF, cooperate on the national and international level with researchers and practitioners and can combine scientific expertise and practical knowledge, i.e. during the organisation of the 15th international ECHA conference, in which the ÖZBF was also a vital cooperation partner. With both organizations being European Talent Support Centres now, their cooperation is further reinforced.

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network (supported by the March 5th decision of the ECHA General Assembly, as well as by the representatives of the European Talent Centres) started to work from March 2016. The Youth Platform was originated from the participants of the European Youth Summit (http://www.youthsummit.eu/) related to the 15th ECHA Conference in Vienna. After this event many more European Talent Centres and Talent Points delegated young talented individuals to the Youth Platform, which now represents 8 European countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danemark, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE. European Talent Centres form the hubs of this Network.

The first 14 European Talent Centres started the work of the European Talent Support Network on the 29th September 2015. You can see the list of the centres and the n ongoing number of registered European Talent Point on this map HERE. (Click to the respective Centre or Point for its web-site and detailed description.)

European Talent Points are the nodes of the European Talent Support Network. The notion of hubs (Talent Centres) and nodes (Talent Points) of the forming European Talent Support Network does not mean a hierarchical structure. European Talent Centres are considered as coordinating centers. European Talent Points are encouraged to develop contacts with any other European Talent Points or Centres. European Talent Points will be registered by a European Talent Centre.

Thanks to Annette Heinbokel, the Editor-in-Chief of the ECHA News the 2016 Spring issue of the ECHA News was published. The News contains reflections from the recent ECHA Conference in Vienna, accounts of gifted education in Denmark, Greece and Slovakia and the summaries of the International Session of the ECHA Conference giving short accounts of gifted education in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the USA. For ECHA members the ECHA News can be downloaded from here: http://echa.info/echa-products/content/21-newsletter-members and will also be received as an email attachment. If you are not a member of ECHA yet, you may become a member HERE.

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.

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.

Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE.
The General Assembly of ECHA elected a Qualification Committee in 2016 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.

Albert Ziegler was elected to be the new Vice-President and Colm O'Reilly (as a new member of the General Committee) the new Secretary of ECHA. Christian Fischer will remain an invited member of the ECHA General Committee after the term of the current Committee expires on September 14th, as the newly elected chair of the ECHA Education Board (members of the Board are: Ulrike Kempter, Lianne Hoogeveen, Victor Mueller and Szilvia Péter-Szarka). Lianne Hoogeveen became an Honorary Member of ECHA for her great help as an ECHA Secretary for 4 years. Lianne remained the member of the ECHA General Committee. Peter Csermely was re-elected as president of ECHA, Tessa Kieboom was re-elected to be the ECHA Treasurer, similarly to Margaret Sutherland and Anna Maria Roncoroni, who were re-elected as members of the General Committee. The ECHA Qualification Committee has two new members (besides Lianne Hoogeveen, Margaret Sutherland, Christian Fischer, as well as Csilla Fuszek and Colm O'Reilly, whose mandate was extended by 4 years), Ugur Sak and Brone Narkeviciene. ECHA has two new auditors, Mariska Poelman and Laili Sakieva. Congratulations and a great thanks to all for their help!

The Facebook-Group of ECHA increased its membership from 350 to more than 500 in the past 7 months and has a very vivid and high quality content. Many thanks for those who contribute to the site regularly.Please join our Facebook group

(https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECHAGroup/),if you have not done so yet!

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