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/.

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!

ECHA has its 30th birthday in 1987 and 1988. It was on 29th May 1987, when ECHA was founded in Utrecht and 10 November 1988 when the first ECHA Conference started in Zürich. The General Committee decided to celebrate the 30th birthday by collecting information on all International ECHA Conferences and by publishing them on the ECHA website. Please send your photos, or any other electronic document you have on former ECHA Conferences to Ragnild Zonneveld, the vice-president of the ECHA association in the Netherlands at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ragnild will be helped in her work by our ECHA General Committee member, Lianne Hoogeveen, who keeps the ECHA archives. They will also lead the efforts to make a short history of ECHA training. (When sending your contribution in the subject line please mention the conference or training -- place and time -- the material or text relates to.) Great thanks for your help!

It is our pleasure to inform you that ECHA's scholarly journal, High Ability Studies has a 2016 impact factor of 1.13. This is a substantial increase from 2015’s 0.737. The increase in impact factor is also reflected in the Scopus metrics, where High Ability Studies now has a CiteScore of 0.95, compared with that of 0.56 for 2015. Congratulations to Albert Ziegler, the Editor-in-Chief, and all contributing authors! Please consider sending your high quality papers to our journal, increasing its (and your!) impact further.

The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network organized the second European Youth Summit from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April in Budapest, Hungary. 63 young talented people from 17 countries took part at the successful event. Besides discussions with guest speakers, including Albert Ziegler, Szilvia Péter-Szarka, William Benkő and Peter Csermely, participants tried the Be-novative application (https://www.be-novative.com/) through a brainstorming session at the Central European University (CEU). 22 lightning talks were presented by the Youth Platform members and 3 workshops were organized on the Innovation Day of the confernence. Workshops initiated joint projects such as to help underprivileged talented children, international mentoring programme, Youth Expedition of Science (YES), etc. Special thanks to the professional organizer team: Csilla Fuszek, Petra Fügedi and Zsuzsa Szilágyi. The third and fourth Youth Summits will be at the 2018 International ECHA Conference in Dublin (http://echa2018.info) and the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik (http://echa.info/186-1st-thematic-echa-conference-on-creativity-dubrovnik-croatia-16-18-october-2019). More information about the Youth Platform and the application process can be found here: http://youthplatform.g6.cz/.

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.

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