The International ECHA Conferences have been the biannual summits of European talent support in the last three decades. We will have the next, 16th International ECHA Conference in Dublin, between 8th-11th August 2018 (please submit your nonbinding pre-registration now here http://echa2018.info/ to get the newsletters of the Conference). The General Committee will issue a call for the 17th International ECHA Conference (due in September 2020) in March 2017. The 2016 General Assembly of ECHA in Vienna modified the Standing Orders of ECHA allowing the organization, of a (much) smaller, thematically well-focused, research oriented ECHA Thematic Conference in between the two biannual International ECHA Conferences. A recent poll of ECHA members indicated that 86% of poll-participants would go to such an ECHA Thematic Conference, if its topics, organization and venue were of interest for them. 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 1st Thematic ECHA Conference in 2019. The Guidelines for a Thematic ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE. You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE  before 15th of September 2016. Please send your proposal by e-mail to the vice-president of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler to the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the above deadline.

By October 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. Please note that this call for applications is regarded as a pilot, which means that the General Committee reserves the right that it may not suggest the organization of the Thematic ECHA Conference in 2019 after reviewing the applications received. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until November 30th. The General Committee will announce, whether there will be a Thematic ECHA Conference in 2019, and if so, its time, organizer and venue by 20th of December 2016 at the ECHA web-site. We look forward to receiving your proposal!