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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 15:46

Echa Conference Porto Registration Open

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 acclamationWe 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.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 13:42

2020 International ECHA Conference in Porto

2020 International ECHA Conference in Porto (Portugal): abstract submission is open!
It is our pleasure to announce that the abstract submission became open to the 17th International ECHA Conference between 9-12 September 2020 in Porto, Portugal. Abstracts can be submitted here: Submission will be open until the 15th March 2020. However, we encourage you for an early submission especially if you want to organize a symposium or workshop. See you in Porto!Porto-abstracts.png
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:13

18th International ECHA Conference

18th International ECHA Conference, 31 Aug -- 3 Sept 2022, The Hague World Forum, The Netherlands

It is our pleasure to announce that the General Committee of ECHA decided to organize the 18th International ECHA Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands. The conference will take place between 31 August and 3 September 2022 at the Hague World Forum. Please mark the event in your calendar!



It is our great pleasure to inform you that the European Talent Support Network became registered as an international NGO in the Netherlands. Congratulations, and great thanks to Albert Ziegler, Csilla Fuszek and all members of this excellent team to make this great step foward! Thanks to all ECHA members for their continuing support of ETSN since 2014! The two organizations are currently working out a memorandum of understanding about their cooperation, which -- as it was in the past -- will continue and develop in the future. Long live ECHA! Long live ETSN! Long live their cooperation!

Sunday, 28 July 2019 14:32

ECHA 2020 Conference

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 16:09

ECHA as a Public Organisation

Institution name:

(As mentioned in ECHA's Articles

European Council for High Ability -- Its Study and Development (abbreviated as: ECHA


RSIN (Legal Entities & Partnerships Identification Number):

40146782 (The Netherlands)


Fiscal identification number of ECHA as charity

organization registered in The Netherlands:

8260 97 741


Visiting address and mail address: 

c/o Colm O'Reilly, Secretary of ECHA, Cente for Talented Youth, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland


The policy plan of ECHA: 

Please download the policy plan from HERE.


The purpose of ECHA:

See here ( and the summary below.

ECHA is organizing its annual conference each year (as a thematic conference each odd year and as an international conference each even year), publishing its semi-annual ECHA News magazine for its members, publishing its scientific journal, High Ability Studies ( by the help of Taylor & Francis, as well as qualifies ECHA Trainings ( and European Talent Centres


ECHA National Correspondents ( and the European Talent Support Network ( help the networking of ECHA.


The position of the directors as listed in the Articles of ECHA: 

President, vice-president, secretary and treasurer forming together the Executive Committee.


The names of the directors: 

See here (


The payment policy: 

There is no renumeration for the board, the management of the organization works on a voluntary basis. ECHA does not employ any personnel.


Activities Report: 

See here (


Financial statement:

See here



ECHA 2022

International ECHA Conferences were and remained biannual summits of European talent support in the last close to three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits. 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 18th International ECHA Conference in September 2022. The Guidelines for an ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE (ECHA International Conference guidelines)

You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE (ECHA International Conference proposal 2022) before the 15th of June 2019 by email to the Vice-President of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By July 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposals, inform applicants about each others proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until September 10th. The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 18th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and at the ECHA website by 30th September 2019. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

The deadline of abstract submission to the Dubrovnik ECHA Thematic Conference was extended until April 30th

It is our pleasure to announce that the abstract submission to the First Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik (16-18 October 2019) was extended until April 30th (24:00 CET). The website of the conference:

Please access the Abstract Submission form here

and the Registration form here:

See you at this important meeting!



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Become a member of the ECHA community! Please click HERE  to start your application to become an ECHA member (where your membership fee can be paid by credit card through a secure connection), or go to the Members Area page, where you may see members' benefits.

For membership issues and general information please contact the ECHA Secretariat by clicking HERE .

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 .

ECHA members receive ECHA News free as a pdf file to their email address. Back issues can be accessed in this web-site for ECHA members.

ECHA has a growing Facebook community. To join ECHA's Facebook group, please click HERE .

To access the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) homepage, please click HERE.


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