Joan Freeman
  • Joan Freeman

The first ECHA scientific publication, the European Journal of High Ability, was published in Sofia in 1990.  It was extremely difficult manoeuvring currency through Bonn, Utrecht Hamburg, Vienna and Sofia, and then getting the copies out to the West. The priority was a high academic standard, including work from behind the Iron Curtain. When I became Editor in Chief (1996-1999), I renamed it High Ability Studies because our readership was well beyond Europe.  I chose its new publisher, Carfax (now Taylor and Francis) in Oxford, UK, and redesigned the cover, still in print.  There were literary-style book reviews in every twice-yearly issue.

The second ECHA publication, Actualising Talent (1995, London:Cassell), was a collection of new papers taking a life-span approach.  Editing was shared by Joan Freeman, Pieter Span and Harald Wagner.  We each received a specially labelled bottle of wine when it won the Book Award for the National Association for Special Educational Needs in 1996.