News on High Ability
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes.
Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from: http://echa.info/images/documents/high-ability/European-Talent-Support-Network-ECHA-General-Assembly.pdf
The General Assembly of ECHA elected the Qualification Committee in 2016: http://www.echa.info/qualification-committee to qualify European Talent Centres.
The Qualification Committee invites European or in case of Associated Centres non European talent support organisations to submit their application to become a European or Associated European Talent Centre.
A European Talent Centre should be an organisation, or a distinct part of a larger organisation, established for this role. European Talent Centres might organise activities in the field of high ability in a region or a country (meaning that there might be more than one European Talent Centre per European country, and applications may cover more than one country).
You can read about the results of the first round (2015) and the second round (2016) of applications here: http://www.echa.info/129-breaking-news-the-first-14-european-talent-centres and here: http://www.echa.info/170-five-new-centres-in-the-european-talent-support-network
You can only apply on-line on the ETSN website (http://etsn.eu/apply-to-become-a-talent-centre/); the application form in a pdf format and its scoring sheet can be downloaded from here, too. The Qualification Committee will evaluate your application by aggregating the scores as a whole. Applications will not be judged against each criteria separately. Successful proven past activity and potential future engagements in the field would be of key importance in this process.
Existing European Talent Centres will be re-evaluated every other year (i.e. in 2019, 2021 etc.) by the Qualification Committee of ECHA to ensure that they still fulfil the criteria. If the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the title of European Talent Centre may be suspended or withdrawn by the Committee.
 The notion of hubs (Talent Centres) and nodes (Talent Points) in the forming European Talent Support Network does not mean a hierarchical structure. European Talent Points will be linked to the Network through European Talent Centres. European Talent Points may also develop contacts with multiple European Talent Centres and each other. Talent Centers should be considered as coordinating centers. There is a possibility for a joint-application to be a European Talent Centre requiring no potential European Talent Points (schools, parent organisations, organisations in gifted education, etc.) for that particular Centre. That gives a way to make a fully non-hierarchical network in countries, or regions, where it is preferred.
The European Talent Support Network established a home-page, which can be visited here: http://etsn.eu/. The homepage (http://etsn.eu/history-of-ets
The Network (and its European Talent Centres) issued a call for applications to become a European Talent Point (or an Associated European Talent Point situated outside Europe). The call is open until October 30th but applications are evaluated continuously and applying organizations will hear a response within a month of their submission. Applications should be sent via the on-line Application Form accessible here: http://etsn.eu/apply-to-join-e
It is our pleasure to inform you that the ECHA Accreditation Committee completed its work and accredited the first European Talent Centres. The Committee received 28 high quality applications from 19 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 time of the call.
In the current first round the following 14 applicants from 13 countries have been accredited as European Talent Centres:
- What are the major values of the European Talent Support Network and what are the benefits of joining this Network?
- How can European Talent Centre or European Talent Point be defined?
- Are there any already existing European Talent Centres or European Talent Points?
- What is the proper size of a European Talent Centre or Point?
- What is the suggested number of employees of a European Talent centre?
- Who can apply to be an accredited European Talent Centre or European Talent Point?
- Why is it possible to accept applications from organizations of different types?
- Can a national organizational team of the international Olympics of e.g. mathematics be a European Talent Point?
- How should a future European Talent Centre organize the accreditation of future European Talent Points?
- Does a European Talent Centre or a European Talent Point need to be a corporate member of ECHA to join the European Talent Support Network?
- Can a for profit organisation apply to be a European Talent Centre?
- What are the first steps in the accreditation process?
- How will the content of the Applications be validated?
- What happens to the Talent Centre that fails the accreditation process?
- In what way will the whole network building process be regulated?
- How the European Talent Support Network will share knowledge, resources, etc.?
- Why does the current regulation allow more than one European Talent Centre per country?
- Will the network ever be fully expanded?
- What is the role of ECHA in the formation of the European Talent Support Network?
- From where the European Talent Centres and Points will get monetary support?
- How hierarchical will be the European Talent Support network?
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network.
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network. A 'European Talent Support Activity Map' listing several organizations and individuals active in supporting talent young people can be found HERE. Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes. European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015. The General Assembly elected an Accreditation Committee to accredit European Talent Centres. The first call for the accreditation of European Talent Centres is expected by the end of 2014, and will be published on this web-site. The first European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015.