On the 28th of October 2016 the representatives of the European and Associated European Talent Centres met for the second time. The meeting was held in Budapest organised by the European Talent Centre – Budapest. Out of the 19 Talent Centres 16 were represented at the meeting where the Hungarian Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Katalin Novák was also present during the celebration of the newly qualified 5 centres. The Academy for Talented Youth from Denmark, the South German Talent Centre from Germany, the Centre for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College from Greece and the Tribal Mensa Centre from India got their certificates for being qualified as a European Talent Centre from from Lianne Hoogeveen, the Chair of the Qualification Committee, from Peter Csermely, the President of ECHA and from Katalin Novák, the Minister of State. Unfortunately, the new Peruvian Associated Talent Centre, the Future Minds, was not able to participate at the ceremony.

Thus the number of European Talent Centres increased to 19 (including the two Associated European Talent Centres) during the past two years. The Network has now close to 300 participating organizations from 39 countries all over the world. Due to this rapid expansion it became necessary to elect a Network Council in order to represent and coordinate the affairs of the Network the most effective way. The Network Council election process took place between 15 September and 24 October and had two phases:  the nomination phase and the voting process. During the meeting Lianne Hoogeveen, the Caretaker of the election summarized the results of the voting process: 62% of total possible votes from 27 countries were received; 79% of Talent Centres voted. All the five Network Council nominees were elected with 76% of votes or more.

After the Celebration part of the meeting the Talent Centre representatives discussed and decided on several issues in connection with the future development of the European Talent Support Network. After the meeting of the representatives the newly elected Network Council also held its first meetings on the 28th and on the 29th of October with the participation of Armin Fabian, as the representative of its Youth Platform. We all wish the Network a very successful cooperation! Details and calls of joint projects will be published on this web-site in the coming weeks and months. The Network is open for new participants, the registration of Talent Points will be re-opened in February and the 3rd round of Talent Centre applications will be opened in March.

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.

In the past months the European Talent Support Network grew rapidly and now it has close to 300 cooperating organizations (see their map). If you have sent your registration before, but you do not see your organization in the map (or you see it in a wrong position), please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The network started joint projects in teacher training, arts, STEM/entrepreneurship, established a Youth Platform of talented young people won and will submit several EU grant applications. Join this community! Organizations will be able to submit their registration from around February 2017 by filling in the Application Form downloadable from here to the email address specified in the original call. In case of any questions, please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

  1. to discuss the development of gifted education in the countries of the Network from the youth perspective;
  2. to organize further European Youth Summits;
  3. to organize webinars, and other web-based seminars or interactive discussions;
  4. 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.

The European Talent Support Network was established by the support of the European Council for High Ability, and currently has more than 300 participating organizations from more than 35 countries in Europe and in other continents. The Network has an interim representative, Lianne Hoogeveen, and a coordinator, Csilla Fuszek until 31 December 2016. After the 30th September 2016 (when the current round to apply for becoming a Talent Point or Associate Talent Point of the Network closes) participating organizations will elect a 5-membered Council to represent and increasingly self-organize the Network in 2017 and 2018. The Youth Platform of the 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. Participating organizations of the European Talent Support Network may nominate talented young people as members of the Youth Platform sending their names and emails to the email of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Currently the Youth Platform has 33 members representing 15 countries. To make a similar structure for the Youth Platform of the Network, an interim representative and a deputy was elected who have mandates until 31st December 2016. After the completion of the Talent Point registration process in 30th September 2016 the election of a Council of the Youth Platform will take place by the end of the year.

Armin Fabian, representative of the Youth Platform. Armin Fabian was elected as the interim representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network. Armin just completed his eleventh grade in Satu Mare, Romania. He finished his latest 3 school years with the highest possible ratings. This year he received the ‘’Magis Prize’’, which is the biggest award of his school, given only for 2 students from more than 350. A few months ago he was selected to participate in the Hungarian Templeton Program, which is a supportive and creative community formed to develop 315 exceptional cognitive talents (from more than 20.000 applicants). He represented the program at the European Parliament meeting in Brussels. He won two times in a row the national round of the “Academic Competition of Biblical Studies” organized by the Romanian State. He received several diplomas from the County and City Council, plus a gold medal from the mayor of his city. He took part at 9 literature competitions, getting 4 international first prizes, 2 national rewards and one special gift. His native language is Hungarian, but he speaks English and Romanian, plus has a knowledge of German, too. He took part at the European Youth Summit and the ECHA Conference in Vienna in March 2016, became the leader for one of the teams and had a short speech about racism. He had worked as a volunteer for the Youth Platform in the past 4 months very intensively. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lukas Kyzlik, deputy representative of the Youth Platform. Lukas Kyzlik lives in Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated from general grammar school Gymnázium Špitálská in 2016. He is a bachelor candidate at The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology. He works part-time as lector and creator of e-learning courses on electronics for gifted children at Intellectus since 2015. He is a member of the Talent Centre of the National Institute for Further Education since 2014. He took part in ASURO Robotics Course in 2014 and led student group conducting research on topic “Measurement of bodily functions using open-source electronics” in project T-Expedition 2015. He also took part in T-Study, a project allowing high school students to study selected university subjects, at Palacký University Olomouc in 2015-16. He is a member of Czech Student Union since 2016. He is interested in electronics & IT, mathematics, physics, gifted education, and politics. He likes to go swimming is an advanced English speaker and also speaks German. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The organizers are pleased to announce the Conference on the Fostering and Development of Talent, which takes place on the 12th – 13th of September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia -- including many speakers from ECHA. The conference is the key event in the field of education within the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. For more information and registration, please visit the web site of the conference http://talents2016.eu or contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The International ECHA Conferences have been the biannual summits of European talent support in the last three decades. We will have the next, 16th International ECHA Conference in Dublin, between 8th-11th August 2018 (please submit your nonbinding pre-registration now here http://echa2018.info/ to get the newsletters of the Conference). The General Committee will issue a call for the 17th International ECHA Conference (due in September 2020) in March 2017. The 2016 General Assembly of ECHA in Vienna modified the Standing Orders of ECHA allowing the organization, of a (much) smaller, thematically well-focused, research oriented ECHA Thematic Conference in between the two biannual International ECHA Conferences. A recent poll of ECHA members indicated that 86% of poll-participants would go to such an ECHA Thematic Conference, if its topics, organization and venue were of interest for them. The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education or help of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 1st Thematic ECHA Conference in 2019. The Guidelines for a Thematic ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE. You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE  before 15th of September 2016. Please send your proposal by e-mail to the vice-president of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler to the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the above deadline.

As discussed by the ECHA General Assembly in Vienna, the ECHA Educational Board  http://www.echa.info/education-board Christian Fischer chair, Lianne Hogeveen, Ulrike Kempter, Victor Müller-Oppliger and Szilvia Péter-Szarka, members) has completed the general guidelines of ECHA Training. The guidelines were accepted by the ECHA General Committee and were met by the approval of ECHA members. The General Committee expresses its thanks to the Education Board in completion this important document. You may download the guidelines from HERE. Those, whose university is may be interested in starting an ECHA Training or have comments on the guidelines, should write to the chair of the Education Board, Prof. Christian Fischer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


It is our pleasure to inform you that the ECHA Qualification Committee completed the evaluation of the 2016 European Talent Centre applications. The Committee received 12 high quality applications from 11 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 original call available HERE.

Three European organisations were qualified as European Talent Centres and two centres were qualified as Associated European Talent Centres. Two European Talent Centre applicants were requested to give additional information about their activities in order to be accepted by the Committee.

New European Talent Centres:
Denmark: Academy for Talented Youth
Germany: South German Talent Centre
Greece: Centre for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College

New Associated European Talent Centres
India: Tribal Mensa
Peru: Future Minds

Congratulation to all!

Please note that the application process for becoming a European Talent Point, or Associate European Talent Point is still open. The call can be seen HERE; applications can be submitted until the 30th September 2016.

The Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness (hereinafter: CRSN) at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, which was established in 2010, integrates knowledge, experience and ideas of researchers and practitioners in the field of giftedness, and pursues a variety of research and development, training and consultancy activities. In the first five years of its operation, the CRSN, which strives for the promotion of giftedness by fostering the quality life of the gifted and talented, became a recognized institution in the field of talent research and of addressing the gifted population in the domestic and the international arena. In July 2015 the CRSN received an important European accreditation, thus becoming one of the centres of the European Talent Support Network - EUROPEAN TALENT CENTRE SLOVENIA, which ranked the CRSN and the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana among the internationally recognized promoters of the advocacy of the gifted population.

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ECHA News appears twice a year giving in-depth interviews, description of best practices, introduction of ECHA members and highly able young people. For more information click HERE .

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