Mrs Carine DOUTRELOUX
28 Rue Emile Banning
After her BA in translation, MA in social & political sciences (1992), Carine Doutreloux worked in the fields of head hunting, cooperation development and vocational training as international project manager Africa - Europe. To strengthen her interests in special education needs, she took several training modules on giftedness, psychoeducation, multiple intelligences, brainology and ADD/H. Her specialities are stimulating networks, developing partnerships, advocating for the rights of the child, education and giftedness. Co-founding and chairing the association EHP-Belgique since 2005, she edits the monthly newsletter, organises yearly conferences and workshops and train parents and carers of high potential learners in French speaking Belgium. More recently, she has been coaching gifted adolescents and young adults with learning difficulties as well counsel school boards and parents associations to become EHP-Friendly. Her book “Parcours HP. Mieux comprendre pour mieux accompagner”* is coming out in April 2017.
* High Potential learners. Understanding better to guide more efficiently.
Dr. Wilma Vialle
Faculty of Education
University of Wollongong
Wollongong NSW 2522
Tel.+61 24221 4434
Fax +61 24221 4657
Wilma Vialle is currently a Professor in Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong. She teaches subjects on gifted education and has published extensively in this field. She is currently the President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented and the editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education. Wilma is also on the Executive board of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence. Wilma's research interests focus on maximising intellectual potential and she is particularly interested in issues of social justice.
Encouraging the Gifted in the context of Migration and Intercultural Exchange
2 – 5 March, 2016
Given the long tradition of education and migration in many European countries, the topics of multiculturalism and intercultural exchange are key priorities on the educational agenda, as well as being natural prerequisites for peaceful co-existence in the 21st century. Giftedness and high potential in a multicultural society is also a topic most relevant and of high interest all over Europe.
The National Correspondents are a vital part of ECHA, they are the contacts and communicators between ECHA and their country. To be a correspondent they need to be a regular participant at the ECHA Conferences, hold an activity in their country every year, work to increase the ECHA membership in their country and send a regular report to the ECHA News.
The coordinator will contact all the national correspondents once a year to check that they are happy to continue in their role and to ask for a brief report on the work of their country. The accounts from various countries will help the coordinator to write a summary report for each edition of Echa News.
At each of the ECHA conferences there will be a meeting for all the national correspondents that the co-ordinator will organise. The time and the date will be notified to the correspondents before the conference.
For more information about the National Correspondent of your country please contact our National Correspondent Coordinator.
What are the strengths of ECHA? First of all: its continuously enriched traditions of more than 25 years. Secondly, ECHA’s superb quality in all areas related to research and practice associated with talented people. This high quality is exemplified by High Ability Studies, which is the most prestigious journal of the field. Last but not least ECHA’s strength comes from the large variety of approaches of its members reflecting the cultural richness of Europe.
What are the weaknesses of ECHA and European talent support in 2012? First of all, there is a gap between research and practice. In many places local talent support communities are isolated from the rest of Europe and often re-invent the wheel. Sometimes these local communities invent a square instead of a wheel – which is even worse. We need a much more intensive dissemination of the scientific results and exchange of the best talent support practices in Europe. The second weakness of ECHA and European talent support is the gap between research, practice and politics. Talented people are the future of Europe. Still, the Horizon 2020 takes talent as a granted treasure of the ‘old continent’, and contains no direct measures to discover and support the huge and hidden European pool of talented people. The third weakness of ECHA is the gap between ECHA Conferences. ECHA cannot be a ‘conference-society’ only. Our responsibility is much wider than that.
What are the major goals of ECHA for the coming years? First and foremost ECHA has to stand in the forefront of building a European Talent Support Network. This should be a network of all people involved in talent support: educators, researchers, psychologists, parents, politicians and the talented young people themselves. Talent Support Centres of many European countries may serve as regional hubs of this network building a contact structure going beyond their own country. Secondly, and consequently: ECHA needs to grow its membership and needs to maintain a continuous contact with its members. Third, ECHA needs to build up an intensive contact structure with other European actors involved in talent support: the European Parliament, the European Commission, other related Europe-wide NGO-organizations and multi-national firms willing to cooperate with us and support ECHA.
Talented people in all ages are the life-insurance of Europe in times of economic and social crisis. Europe needs novel solutions, which needs creativity and talented people. Each European citizen might potentially hide a special type of talent. We need to discover this huge reserve and help its development into a joint success of Europe.
Membership assumes acceptance of the goals of ECHA. Individuals of all nationalities can become full members, and organisations of all nationalities can become corporate members. Full members are encouraged to support the ECHA partnership programme (i.e., by paying the annual fee on behalf of persons who are unable to pay the fees themselves).
Full ECHA membership (60 EUR/year; about 71 USD) has several benefits, such as:
The number of ECHA membership benefits are increasing from year-to-year.
ECHA offers a discounted membership fee of 30 EUR for students, which contains all benefits above but not High Ability Studies. However, interested students may order the journal for the nominal price of 27 EUR (equivalent of 31 USD) instead of the official price of 155 USD.
Your school/institution/NGO/company may also become a corporate member for 130 EUR/year enjoying all benefits above and having entitled for two conference participation discounts (having a current value of 140 EUR).
ECHA offers several possibilities to become a member. The most comfortable way is to register online. To use this possibility, use the Online Registration Form, where you will be directed to secure credit card membership fee payment after filling in the Form. You may also pay the membership we via bank transfer.
Throughout Europe there is a growing awareness of the needs of our most able individuals; in recent years increasing interest in this area of child development has generated new forms of practice in education, numerous research programmes and studies, a growth in the number of societies for parents of highly able children and, indeed, a growth in concern for highly able people of all ages.
ECHA has been generated by an overwhelming demand for coordination from most European countries, both West and East. The major goal of ECHA is to act as a communications network to promote the exchange of information among people interested in high ability – educators, researchers, psychologists, parents and the highly able themselves. As the ECHA network grows, provision for highly able people improves and these improvements are beneficial to all members of society.
The basis for this specifically European Council comes from a belief in our common cultural heritage which is distinct from that of other parts of the world. Although Europe is made up of different countries with many languages, we share the traditions and outlooks of societies in which education has been widely available for centuries. We also share the same kinds of problems, and it makes sense to work towards their solution together.
The European Council for High Ability aims to advance the study and development of potential excellence in people. This enterprise calls for easy access to communication so that new discoveries whether scientific or the fruits of experience, can be readily shared between members of ECHA and others who are concerned about high ability.
ECHA enjoys consultative status as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with the Council of Europe.
Charity Number: 40146782
ECHA celebrated its 25th birthday on 19th May 2013. As an introduction to this former ECHA presidents and secretaries summarize the first 25 years of ECHA traditions.