The European Talent Support Network has now close to 300 cooperating organizations from 39 countries total representing Europe and many other continents. After the nomination of the members of the Network Council by the representatives of 19 European Talent Centres, the Talent Centres and Talent Points voted for the Council. Lianne Hoogeveen was asked to be the Caretaker of the vote. 62% of all possible votes were received (including 79% of Talent Centre votes). Antonios Apostolou, Csilla Fuszek (coordinator), Mojca Jurisevic, Colm O'Reilly and Albert Ziegler were elected as members of the first Network Council by 76% of the votes or more. Their mandate is until 31 December 2018. Armin Fabian, the representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network is an invited member of the Council meetings. They will help the cooperation of the European Talent Support Network including the initiation of several joint actions. See the CV-s of Council members here.
The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network (in the followings: Network) was established after the first European Youth Summit which was organized in the frame of the 15th International ECHA Conference in Vienna in March 2016. The Youth Platform aims to allow a more continuous cooperation of talented young people
- to discuss the development of gifted education in the countries of the Network from the youth perspective;
- to organize further European Youth Summits;
- to organize webinars, and other web-based seminars or interactive discussions;
- to create a more dynamic collaboration between talented young people of the Network supporting joint projects of talented young people.
In July 2016 the Youth Platform elected its interim representative and deputy representative, Armin Fabian and Lukas Kyzlik, respectively (short CV). The Youth Platform has a Facebook Group (open for members only) and will establish other forums of communication soon.
According to the decision of the 2014 ECHA General Assembly the ECHA Accreditation Committee completed its work and accredited the first 14 European Talent Centres. Please find their description by clicking to the links below:
- Austria: the Austrian Research and Support Centre for the Gifted and Talented
- Austria: the Institute TIBI
- Belgium: the Exentra Centre
- Czech Republic Talent Centre of National Institute for Further Education
- Denmark: Academy for Talented Youth (ATY)
- Germany: International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) of the Universities of Muenster Osnabrueck and Nijmegen
- Germany: South German Talent Centre
- Greece: Center for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College( CTY Greece)
- Hungary: the European Talent Centre Budapest
- Ireland: the CTY Ireland
- Italy: the Italian Association for Gifted and Talented Students
- Lithuania: the National Student Academy
- the Netherlands: the Talent Centre for the Netherlands
- Slovakia: LEAF
- Slovenia: The Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness at Faculty of Education University of Ljubljana
- Switzerland: University of Education and Teacher Training, North-western Switzerland
- Turkey: EPTS Centre - Centre for Research and Practice on Gifted Education at Anadolu University.
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:
Interview by Balazs Hornyak
B: Besides your work at the university you will be the editor in chief of High Ability Studies after Heidrun Stöger between 2015 and 2018. What are your plans? How would you like to modify the work concerning High Ability Studies (HAS)?
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network.
Between 8th and 10th May a very successful conference was organized with the title: "Towards a European Talent Support Network" in Budapest, Hungary. The conference had 250 participants from 30 European countries. Participants discussed the ideas on a future European Talent Support Network. (See quite a few points in Europe dealing with talent support.) Thanks to the organizers led by Csilla Fuszek the conference was a great fun. Please find a few excellent photos taken by Andras Mayer at a photo gallery page of Tehetseg.hu.