The organizers are pleased to announce the Conference on the Fostering and Development of Talent, which takes place on the 12th – 13th of September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia -- including many speakers from ECHA. The conference is the key event in the field of education within the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. For more information and registration, please visit the web site of the conference http://talents2016.eu or contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

As discussed by the ECHA General Assembly in Vienna, the ECHA Educational Board  http://www.echa.info/education-board Christian Fischer chair, Lianne Hogeveen, Ulrike Kempter, Victor Müller-Oppliger and Szilvia Péter-Szarka, members) has completed the general guidelines of ECHA Training. The guidelines were accepted by the ECHA General Committee and were met by the approval of ECHA members. The General Committee expresses its thanks to the Education Board in completion this important document. You may download the guidelines from HERE. Those, whose university is may be interested in starting an ECHA Training or have comments on the guidelines, should write to the chair of the Education Board, Prof. Christian Fischer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

It is our pleasure to inform you that the ECHA Qualification Committee completed the evaluation of the 2016 European Talent Centre applications. The Committee received 12 high quality applications from 11 countries. Successful applications needed a score higher than the threshold of 70% of the maximum score. Scores were defined as shown in the scoring sheet published at the original call available HERE.

Three European organisations were qualified as European Talent Centres and two centres were qualified as Associated European Talent Centres. Two European Talent Centre applicants were requested to give additional information about their activities in order to be accepted by the Committee.

New European Talent Centres:
Denmark: Academy for Talented Youth
Germany: South German Talent Centre
Greece: Centre for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College

New Associated European Talent Centres
India: Tribal Mensa
Peru: Future Minds

Congratulation to all!

Please note that the application process for becoming a European Talent Point, or Associate European Talent Point is still open. The call can be seen HERE; applications can be submitted until the 30th September 2016.

The Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness (hereinafter: CRSN) at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, which was established in 2010, integrates knowledge, experience and ideas of researchers and practitioners in the field of giftedness, and pursues a variety of research and development, training and consultancy activities. In the first five years of its operation, the CRSN, which strives for the promotion of giftedness by fostering the quality life of the gifted and talented, became a recognized institution in the field of talent research and of addressing the gifted population in the domestic and the international arena. In July 2015 the CRSN received an important European accreditation, thus becoming one of the centres of the European Talent Support Network - EUROPEAN TALENT CENTRE SLOVENIA, which ranked the CRSN and the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana among the internationally recognized promoters of the advocacy of the gifted population.

There is a large interest from the European countries to apply for a European Talent Centre. As we informed you on this web-site earlier, the Qualification Committee of ECHA announced a Call to apply to be a European Talent Centre for the 2nd time in April.  Due to the large interest the deadline of the Application was extended by 16th May. Note that there will be no further extension of this deadline.

Applications for the 2016 call have now closed.

If you have any further questions, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address. We wish you a successful cooperation to find and help the highly able young people in Europe!

Before the May 8 deadline of the applications for being a European Talent Centre there is an increasing interest to become a part of the European Talent Support Network as a Centre or Associated Centre (which is outside Europe but has intensive cooperation with European organizations in the field). Several countries, where we had no Centres before, signalled their interest to start a Talent Centre. Parallel with this, there is a growing number of Associated Talent Points of the Network, which are situated outside Europe. Current Associated Talent Points can be viewed HERE. Quite some Associated Talent Points also applied to become Associated Talent Centres, too. The registration of European Talent Points and Associated European Talent Points is continuous, but has a final application deadline of September 30. After this, the registration will be re-opened only in 2017.