Dear ECHA Community, Dear Friends!
It is my sad duty to inform you that the Honorary President of ECHA, Franz Mönks has passed away on March 10th at 4.10 am in peace. He had suffered from a severe gland inflammation which has led to a serious condition in the last few months. He passed his 87th birthday in April 2019. He obtained his PhD in Bonn in 1966 about the future vision of adolescents. From 1967 to 1988 he was professor of developmental psychology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Since 1988 he has held the first chair in Psychology and Pedagogy of the Gifted Child in Europe. From 1973 to 1978, he was also professor of developmental psychology at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He was visiting professor in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Lima, Bandung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Lexington (Kentucky), Debrecen (Hungary), Hefei and Shanghai (China). In 1997 he retired as an emeritus professor of Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). He became the Honorary Professor and Doctor of many universities. In 1989 he became vice president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). In that position, he organized the ninth World Congress on giftedness in The Hague in 1991. In 1992, he resigned from that position to become President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). He was re-elected altogether three times for a four-year period. In this position he founded a globally recognized training in 1992: Specialist in Gifted Education. In 1994, the first five diplomas were awarded during the ECHA Congress in Nijmegen. There are now several thousand teachers who have successfully completed this training. Most of them in Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, but also in Sweden, Chile and Peru. He was the recipient of the Kelemen László Award of the Hungarian Association of Psychology (2000); as well as the Lifetime Achievement Awards of the Hungarian Talent Support Organization (2012) and MENSA International (2012). One of the last public occasions he participated was the 1st Thematic Conference of ECHA in Dubrovnik in 2019, Croatia where he became the Honorary President of ECHA and received its Certificate. That was a moment of well-deserved honour for Franz's many-decade long service for ECHA. I am truly glad that the ECHA community was able to give this to Him. We will miss Franz. He contributed a lot to our community and had personal friendship with many-many members in ECHA. Please keep Franz in your best memory, and think about those who were close to Him sharing their loss, pain and suffer.
Peter Csermely, president of ECHA
The ECHA General Committee is made up of 8 elected ECHA members. This includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. ECHA General Committee members are nominated and elected by ECHA members. An election will be held in 2020. You will be invited to nominate candidates for the committee and then between March and June will be asked to vote so that the new committee is in place by the 2020 ECHA conference in Porto in August 2020.
The current committee is as follows:
President - Peter Csermely. Due to demit office in August 2020 having served for two four-year terms. Ineligible for re-election
Vice -President – Albert Ziegler. Eligible for re-election having served 4 years
Secretary/Treasuer – Colm O’Reilly. Eligible for re-election having served 4 years. Note, in line with ECHA regulations, the positions of Secretary and Treasurer will be agreed by the new General Committee
Ulrike Kempter – General Committee member until 2022
Mariska Poelman - General Committee member until 2022
Anna Maria Roncoroni - Due to demit office in September 2020. Ineligible for re-election
Margaret Sutherland - Due to demit office in September 2020 having served for two four-year terms. Ineligible for re-election
Victor Mueller-Oppliger - Due to demit office in September 2020 having served for two four-year terms. Ineligible for re-election
Albert Ziegler (Vice-President) and Colm O'Reilly (Secretary-Treasurer) have agreed that they are willing to stand for re-election.
Mid-March all ECHA members will receive the Ballot Forms and Nominee Profiles. Members will be able to vote using the updated e-vote site (https://echa.info/e-vote), or by mailing back the Ballot Forms. All forms must be received electronically or by surface mail by midnight on June 15th 2020. No late votes will be accepted or counted. The election committee will announce the results by June 30th via the ECHA website and Facebook page.
The mandate of the new office bearers will start at the end of the 2020 General Assembly. This will be convened at 17.30 on the 10th September 2018 at the 17th International ECHA Conference in Porto. You can register for this meeting here: http://echa2020.org/en/
We look forward to electing new members to the ECHA Committee.
The Election Committee
Peter Csermely (President of ECHA), Anna Maria Roncoroni, Margaret Sutherland and Victor Mueller-Oppliger
The 2012 General Assembly of ECHA supported the establishment of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). As we informed our members before, ETSN became an independent NGO in 2019 (http://etsn.eu). The 2019 ECHA General Assembly therefore entitled the General Committee and the president of ECHA to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ETSN on the long-term cooperation of the two organizations. We are happy to report that the Memorandum has been signed. Please download the document from here. We look forward for the continuation of the mutually beneficial cooperation between these two organizations!
We are happy to announce that the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) opened a call to become a European Talent Centre. Please find the application criteria and the application form here: https://etsn.eu/apply-to-
ECHA had its 2019. General Assembly at the 1st International Conference of ECHA in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the 16th October 2019. The General Assembly awarded the founding president of ECHA, Prof. Joan Freeman with the unique and only Lifetime Achievement Award of ECHA by acclamation. At the same time Prof. Franz Mönks (who served three terms as the president of ECHA) was elected to the Honorary President of ECHA also by acclamation. We thank Joan and Franz for their devoted, many decades-long work, and congratulate them for their honors! The General Assembly accepted the 2018 financial report of ECHA, and decided that its former Qualification Committee qualifying European Talent Centres will work as a committee of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) in the future. This latter decision was needed due to the registration of ETSN as an independent NGO, where the membership of one of its committees can not be decided by a legally different NGO.