AustriaMag.Dr. Rupert Sodl
Specialist in Gifted Education
Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich
Kaplanhofstraße 40
4020 Linz
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Mag.Dr. Rupert Sodl studied at the University of Salzburg and received his magisterium in 1992 and his doctorate in 1994. Since then he has been working as a teacher of mathematics, geography, informatics and descriptive geometry (and CAD-modelling) in beautiful Upper Austria. For more than 15 years he conducted courses of the ÖMO (= austrian mathematic olympiad) for gifted pupils aged from 14 to 18. In 2008 he completed the ECHA course successfully and received the diploma "Specialist in Gifted Education". Since then Rupert Sodl held a lot of courses for pupils with high abilities located in several schools. Beside his work as a teacher in the public school system, he was engaged for a longer period in the education of gifted children from 9 to 18 years. The next successful steps followed in 2012: Rupert Sodl became a member of the honourable team of talenteOÖ, which is connected to the Education Board Upper Austria. In the same year he was permitted for the first time to hold some seminars on gifted education and mathematics at the university college of education of Upper Austria for secondary school education. He followed some invitations as lecturer to conferences or training courses in Upper and Lower Austria and Carinthia and he also planned training courses in gifted education for teachers in Upper Austria. Two years later he was appointed "Länderbeirat für Oberösterreich" and then, in July 2016, Rupert Sodl was elected President of ECHA Austria. Looking back over 25 years as teacher Dr. Sodl is optimistic about the future. He believes in the validity of the quotation from Prof. Joseph Renzulli: "A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships", and is firmly convinced that School development can only achieve long-term success, if all the participants are taken into consideration.

Mag. Maruška Željeznov Seničar
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MIB d.o.o.
Zavod ZVIS
Reška ulica 11
Ljubljana
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karin tishclerKarin Tischler
Daimon Institute
3830 W. 18th Avenue
Vancouver, V6S 1B5
BC, Canada
Tel: +1 604 838 3135
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After receiving her Masters degree in Economics from the University of Oxford, Karin Tischler worked as a management consultant for Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) in Germany, the UK and in the USA. She then led the Competitive Intelligence Department at PETsMART.

When Karin could not find a community for her two very young children, she co-founded a local Yahoo Group for parents of young gifted children in the USA. This group led to playground and museum meet ups and to long-term friendships. After Karin relocated to Vancouver, Canada she decided to create a similar Yahoo Group. This Vancouver group has since then led to 3 different Facebook Groups (general parenting and homeschooling support and services offerings) for more than 400 parents of gifted children in British Columbia.

Besides creating a local support community for parents of gifted children, Karin was the Vice President of the GCABC (Gifted Children Association of British Columbia) for the past two years as well as a member of the Board of the Vancouver Westside German School.

As a native German citizen, Karin Tischler attended the ECHA 2016 conference in Vienna to learn more about the gifted community in Europe. Most recently, she has joined the Daimon Institute founded by the psychologist Patricia Susan (Sue) Jackson as the Head of Research & Development. In this capacity Karin has organized and accompanied Sue Jackson on her European speaking tour in the fall of 2016.

The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted provides psychotherapy and educational consulting to support the overall development of exceptionally and profoundly gifted people. Patients are all ages and reside throughout the world. Patricia Susan Jackson has been conducting research and providing professional development workshops, seminars, lectures and keynotes since 1994.
The Daimon Institute is international in scope with participants on 5 continents. Most recently Sue gave presentations at the 2016 EU Conference on the Fostering and Development of Talent in Bratislava, the ECHA European Talent Centre in Budapest, the ÖZBF in Salzburg as well as to psychologists, teachers and parents in Nuremberg and Munich.

colmDr. Colm O'Reilly
Director
CTY Ireland
Dublin City University
Tel: +3531-7005634
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Colm O’Reilly PhD is the Director of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at Dublin City University. CTYI provides fast paced classes for academically talented students aged 6 – 16 years from all over Ireland and overseas. Currently the Centre caters for over 5000 students per annum and it is the only recognised teaching centre for gifted children in the Republic of Ireland. CTYI run over 120 academic courses annually for gifted students. Colm has worked in the area of gifted and talented education for the last 15 years and has published articles and presented papers at numerous conferences around the world. He has experience in teacher training for gifted students around Ireland and is responsible for the implementation of many classes and initiatives for gifted children and teachers in Ireland. Colm has recently been appointed as Secretary of the European Council for High Ability and serves on Advisory Boards for gifted programmes in Virginia, Arizona and Maryland.

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Lianne Hoogeveen is developmental psychologist and founder of the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) of the Radboud University Nijmegen (which became one of the first 14 European Talent Centres), the Netherlands, and a board member of the ‘Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany).

Qualification Committee

Chairwoman

Lianne HoogeveenLianne Hoogeveen
Centre for the Study of Giftedness (CBO)
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O.Box 6909
6503 GK Nijmegen
The Netherlands


Secretary

Hungary Csilla FuszekCsilla Fuszek
Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations
Mérnök str. 39
H-1119 Budapest, Hungary


Members

Christian FischerChristian Fischer
International Centre for the Study of Giftedness ICBF
Universität Münster
Georgskommende 33,
48143 Münster, Germany


BNarkevicieneBrone Narkeviciene
Kaunas University of Technology
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
K. Donelaičio g. 73,
LT-44249 Kaunas, Lithuania


colmColm O'Reilly
Centre for Talented Youth
Dublin City University
Dublin 9
Ireland


ugur sakUgur Sak
Anadolu University
Faculty of Education
Department of Special Education
26470 Eskisehir, Turkey


Margaret SutherlandMargaret Sutherland
University of Glasgow
School of Education
St. Andrew's Building,
11 Eldon Street,
Glasgow G3 6NH
Scotland

Education Board

Chairman

Christian FischerChristian Fischer
International Centre for the Study of Giftedness ICBF
Universität Münster
Georgskommende 33,
48143 Münster, Germany


Members

Lianne HoogeveenLianne Hoogeveen
Centre for the Study of Giftedness (CBO)
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O.Box 6909
6503 GK Nijmegen
The Netherlands


ulrike kempterUlrike Kempter
Vereins Stiftung Talente OÖ
ÖZBF Salzburg
Austria


Vicotr Muller OppligerVictor Müller-Oppliger
Pädagogische Hochschule der Nordwestschweiz
Swiss Centre for Gifted Education
Benzburweg 30
Liestal, Switzerland


peter szarka szilvia kepSzilvia Péter-Szarka
University of Debrecen
Institute of Psychology
Egyetem square 1
H-4032 Debrecen, Hungary

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Lianne Hoogeveen is developmental psychologist and founder of the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) of the Radboud University Nijmegen (which became one of the first 14 European Talent Centres), the Netherlands, and a board member of the ‘Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany). She was the Secretary of ECHA between 2012 and 2016. She is charing the ECHA Qualification Committee and is a representative of the European Talent Support Network. She teaches in the Radboud University and is a guest teacher in different other universities, in and outside the Netherlands. She is involved in post-academic education for psychologists and teachers and in individual counseling of gifted children, youngsters and adults. Lianne conducts scientific research on giftedness and education, and wrote a PhD-thesis on academic acceleration. Concerning research and education, she cooperates with colleagues of other universities, in- and outside the Netherlands.

zeljko rackiŽeljko Rački, Ph.D., Dipl. Psych
ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education
University of J.J. Strossmayer in Osijek
Faculty of Education
Cara Hadrijana 10, 31000 Osijek, Croatia
Office Tel.: +385-31-321-735
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Mr. Željko Rački, Ph.D., ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education, is a licensed educational psychologist by the Croatian Psychological Chamber with fifteen years of work experience in the educational system, including primary schools and institutions of higher education. His fields of research interests include educational psychology, the psychology of creativity, and psychology of giftedness. He is employed at the Faculty of Education in Osijek, Croatia (Europe). As a psychologist, an educator, and a mentor, he is a member of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, the Croatian Psychological Society, and the European Council for High Ability (ECHA).

Margaret Sutherland (UK) PhD lectures in additional support for learning at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  She is the Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning.  She has 33 years teaching experience in schools and higher education.  She has written in the field of gifted education and is the author of a number of academic papers, chapters and books on the subject.  Her book, Gifted and Talented in the Early Years has been translated into German. She is on the editorial board of the Korean Journal of Educational Policy.  She speaks at conferences and has worked across the UK and with staff and students in Tanzania; Malawi; Korea; Virginia, USA; Slovenia; The Netherlands; Poland, Hungary, Saudi Arabia and Denmark.  She is an elected member of the General Committee of the European Council for High Ability.

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