International ECHA Conferences have been the biannual summits of European talent support in the last three decades. The 2016 General Assembly of ECHA 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. The 1st Thematic ECHA Conference will be organized in Dubrovnik (Croatia), between 16-18 October 2019 on Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual and Educational Perspective (http://echathematic2019.foozos.hr/). 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 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference in 2021. 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 2018. Please send the proposal by e-mail to the vice-president of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 15th September 2018. By October 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposal, 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 November 30th. The General Committee will announce the organizer, time and venue of the 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference by 20th of December 2018 at the ECHA web-site. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

As we informed you in 2016 the ECHA Education Board (Christian Fischer chair, Lianne Hogeveen, Ulrike Kempter, Victor Müller-Oppliger and Szilvia Péter-Szarka, members) has completed a meticulous work assembling the general guidelines of ECHA Training. The final form of ECHA Training Guidelines were accepted by the ECHA General Committee and can be downloaded from here. Applications for ECHA qualification of trainings issuing ECHA Certificate of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (CAS); ECHA Diploma of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (DAS) or ECHA Master of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (MAS) can be submitted using the Application Form downloadable from here sending the filled form to the email address of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as described in the Guidelines in details. The application process is continuous. However, diplomas issued at trainings starting after 1st September 2019 may use the trademarked name and logo of ECHA only, if the training was qualified by the ECHA Education Board before. All qualified ECHA Trainings will be listed on this web-page as the qualification process proceeds. Those, whose university is interested in qualifying a currently running ECHA Training, plan to start a new one, or have any other questions should write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The General Committee expresses its thanks to the Education Board for the completion of this important document.

Dear ECHA Members! As a small present for the Holiday Season we have installed a PayPal payment option of ECHA membership. You may initiate your ECHA membership here: echa.info/membership. After the completion of your data you will be offered a PayPal payment besides the former credit card, or electronic bank transfer options. Please note that your ECHA membership of 60 EUR is now worth of 70 EUR discount from the registration fee of the 2018 ECHA Conference (http://echa2018.info/). Please register here: https://confpartners.eventsair.com/echa-2018/registrations/Site/Register to this great event of top gifted education science and talent support network cooperation!

The General Committee of ECHA decided to celebrate the 30th birthday of ECHA by collecting the available information and memories of our past 15 International ECHA Conferences. These conferences were always the highlights of ECHA’s life, which gave again and again a great impetus for research, its applications and cooperation both in gifted education and talent support. The Committee asked Ragnild Zonneveld to mobilize the collective memory of ECHA on its conferences. Please find an Introduction and the history of all 15 past International ECHA Conferences here. We wish a great next 30 years to ECHA in cooperation and enrichment!

Gifted and talented students participating in the First European Youth Summit 2016, which was held in Vienna (Austria) between 29 February and 5 March 2016, summarized their needs in education and life. The document, having the title "Charter on the rights of gifted students" can be downloaded from here Youth Platform Charter. The successful Summit took place in parallel with the 15th International Conference of ECHA. Participating students continued the discussion on the document with the supervision of Monica Parodi, Ph.D., specialist in political legislation and Anna Maria Roncoroni, Ph.D., member of the General Committee of ECHA. The document (which was modified several times during the discussions of the students) is intending to call the attention and action of all parties involved in bettering the life of gifted and talented students, be them politicians, teachers at any level of the education system, potential mentors, tutors, parents and all members of the societies in Europe and other continents. The document wants to contribute to the process of making these societies more and more supportive for the help of gifted and talented as their key resource and – in fact – as their life insurance to solve the unprecedented challenges mankind faces in the 21st century. In the meantime we had a successful 2nd European Youth Summit in Budapest earlier this year. The next 3 Summits will take place during the 2018 and 2020 International ECHA Conferences in Dublin and Porto, respectively, as well as during the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik. The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network started several other projects which you may follow here: https://www.facebook.com/ypetsn/.

In reply to several inqueries the Qualification Committe of ECHA announce to extent the deadline of the Application to be European or an Associated European Talent Centre a by 22nd October.

Note that there will be no further extension of this deadline.

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.

Pay your ECHA membership fee or become an ECHA member now by filling in your data here: http://echa.info/membership. Under the new scheme of ECHA membership introduced earlier this year (http://echa.info/193-new-membership-system) if you pay your ECHA membership fee before September 30th, you will still receive the autumn issue of ECHA News and High Ability Studies. Your membership will expire only on September 30th 2018. Importantly, for your 60 EUR membership you receive a 70 EUR discount from the registration fee of the 2018 ECHA Conference in Dublin. Register here: https://confpartners.eventsair.com/echa-2018/registrations/Site/Register and submit your abstract here: https://confpartners.eventsair.com/PresentationPortal/Account/Login. Do not worry whether you had already paid your ECHA membership fee for 2017. If you make a duplicate payment your membership will be extended until 2019. Become an ECHA members now!