It is our pleasure to announce that the General Committee of ECHA decided to organize the 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
The conference will feature the key topic of " Closing the achievement gaps in gifted education" and will take place between 25 and 27 March 2021. Please mark the event in your calendar!
It is our pleasure to announce that the the abstract submission and registration became open for the First Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik (16-18 October 2019). The website of the conference:https://echathematic2019.info.
Please access the Abstract Submission form here
and the Registration form here: https://www.dubrovnikpr.com/
The abstract submission deadline is the 1st April 2019. See you in Dubrovnik!
The Qualification Committee invites European or in case of Associated Centres non-European talent support organisations to submit their application to become a European or Associated European Talent Centre. 
A European Talent Centre should be an organisation, or a distinct part of a larger organisation, established for this role. European Talent Centres might organise activities in the field of high ability in a region or a country (meaning that there might be more than one European Talent Centre per European country, and applications may cover more than one country).
A Scoring Sheet that accompanies the application form can be downloaded from HERE. The Qualification Committee will evaluate your application by aggregating the scores as a whole. Applications will not be judged against each criteria separately. Successful proven past activity and potential future engagements in the field would be of key importance in this process. 
Existing European Talent Centres will be re-evaluated every other year (i.e. in 2020, 2022 etc.) by the Qualification Committee of ECHA to ensure that they still fulfil the criteria. If the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the title of European Talent Centre may be suspended or withdrawn by the Committee.
 The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes.
Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from: https://echa.info/images/documents/high-ability/European-Talent-Support-Network-ECHA-General-Assembly.pdf
1. This Data Protection Policy (in the followings: Policy) was prepared according to the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU (GDPR). The Policy, effective from 25 May 2018, is published on https://echa.info, and its scope is unlimited. ECHA members registered at https://echa.info are informed about the Policy, and it is compulsory for all members to accept it before registration.
2. Data management starts when members register to become a member of ECHA and lasts until they membership will expire (usually one year).
3. Recorded and managed data of ECHA membership are the following: full name, an e-mail address, mailing address. Recorded email addresses are used for a.) contacting the members via e-mail sending ECHA's semi-annual newsletter and special announcements on e.g. ECHA elections and other key issues related to ECHA membership; recorded mailing addresses are used to post, annually, two hard copies of ECHA's scientific journal, High Ability Studies. ECHA members declare that they have reached the legal age by registering.
4. Data are not transferred anywhere by ECHA except for mailing the issues of High Ability Studies and compulsory cases defined by the law.
6. Registered members may have information on their own held data upon request. Only the eight members of the ECHA General Committee (https://echa.info/committee) have access to the data besides the data manager. They are not transferring these data anywhere, and use them only for ECHA's own purposes as listed in point 3.
7. Registered members may ask for information about their personal data’s management via the above e-mail address. They may ask for corrections to their data. The data manager must inform the member via e-mail within 30 days when the changes have been made.
8. Registered members may object if the management of their data has conflicted with the Policy, via the above e-mail address. The data manager answers the objection via e-mail within 15 days. In case a user does not agree with the decision, since ECHA is seated in the Netherlands, she/he may turn to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (https://autoriteitpersoonsgegevens.nl/en).
Accepted by the ECHA General Committee on 18th May 2018
An in-depth beginners guide to GDPR (updated for 2019) is available here: https://www.vpngeeks.com/beginners-guide-gdpr
International ECHA Conferences have been the biannual summits of European talent support in the last three decades. The 2016 General Assembly of ECHA 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.
By December 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposal, 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 January 31st. The General Committee will announce the organizer, time and venue of the 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference by 1st of March 2019 at the ECHA web-site.
We look forward to receiving your proposal!
As we informed you in 2016 the ECHA Education Board (Christian Fischer chair, Lianne Hogeveen, Ulrike Kempter, Victor Müller-Oppliger and Szilvia Péter-Szarka, members) has completed a meticulous work assembling the general guidelines of ECHA Training.
The General Committee expresses its thanks to the Education Board for the completion of this important document.
The General Committee of ECHA decided to celebrate the 30th birthday of ECHA by collecting the available information and memories of our past 15 International ECHA Conferences. These conferences were always the highlights of ECHA’s life, which gave again and again a great impetus for research, its applications and cooperation both in gifted education and talent support. The Committee asked Ragnild Zonneveld to mobilize the collective memory of ECHA on its conferences. Please find an Introduction and the history of all 15 past International ECHA Conferences here. We wish a great next 30 years to ECHA in cooperation and enrichment!
The 15th ECHA Conference took place in Vienna from 2-5 March 2016. Location of the conference was the Hall of Science: “Aula der Wissenschaften”. 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 title of the conference was thus chosen to be “Talents in Motion: Encouraging the Gifted in the context of Migration and Intercultural Exchange”.
Talents and high abilities are equally distributed among all cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-economic groups. Therefore, potentials and abilities of children, youngsters and young adults with a migration background need to be specially advanced. Thus, the ECHA Conference 2016 focused on the intercultural and multicultural awareness of educating the (highly) gifted. The conference aimed to initiate the encounter of science, research and practice and wished to promote the interdisciplinary exchange: presentations, workshops and symposia from pedagogy, psychology, society, religion, science, philosophy, arts and culture. The themes were:
It was organized by Thomasianum Department for Gifted Education and Innovation Vienna (TIBI, Thomasianum Institut für Begabungsentwicklung und Innovation) in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
The opening speaker was Robert Sternberg (USA) and other speakers were, among others: Camilla Benbow (USA), George Betts (USA), Roland Grabner (Austria), Evelyn Kroesbergen (the Netherlands), Margrit Stamm (Switzerland), Heidrun Stöger (Germany) and Rena Subotnik (USA).
There was a large amount of 609 participants, mostly from Austria of course (231), but also large groups from Germany and the Netherlands and even from as far away as Kazakhstan, Thailand and Sierra Leone.
“The 15th International ECHA Conference in Vienna was the site of the first international panel on topics of global concern related to gifted education. The session was designed for both European and non-European conference participants to compare views and best practices associated with talent support across various continents. (..) The session elicited a large audience and many commented about how little ECHA participants know about the basic structure of other countries’ educational systems and how those systems serve their most talented and vulnerable students.”
(ECHA News vol. 30 no. 1 Spring 2016)
The theme “Talents in Motion” was present in many ways, as Elisabeth Schweiger (Institute TIBI, Austria) describes:
“Before the Conference started, there had been motion in the Institute TIBI together with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and our other Austrian partners – a motion felt within Austria to bring the Conference alive. Over 500 participants from all over the world (more than 50 countries) became part of the Conference – motion brought them together. The event combined two essential social and pedagogical issues: gifted education as well as migration and intercultural exchange.
By physical motion the Conference moved from Vienna to Krems on day 3. The speeches, posters, presentations and vibrant discussions concerning giftedness were driven by an immanent flow set off by the presenters and passed on by the participants.
There is a chance that the Conference will further cause motion in the future through the participants who profited by the event, to their students, colleagues and partners - keeping the motion of the Conference alive. It was a great honour for the Institute TIBI to host the ECHA Conference 2016 and a pleasure to welcome you in Vienna.”
(Elisabeth Schweiger, TIBI)
As this report of the Talencenter Budapest shows, the conference was a big success:
“The ECHA Conference 2016 not only highlighted intellectual abilities but also addressed the many faces of intelligences and talents and that make a society thrive. The conference’s scope was interdisciplinary: experts from education, psychology, society, religion, economics, philosophy, culture and many more convened in Vienna to present their research findings and propose practical ideas.
In the poster section there was a Hungarian success, Balázs Hornyák’s poster “Musical Talent Balance Model in the Mirror of Music Competitions” got one of the awards for the Best Poster Presentation. The award is based on the votes of the participants and that fact gives a special value to it.”
(Report on https://talentcenterbudapest.eu/content/echa-conference-2016)
In Vienna Péter Csermely was re-elected as the President of ECHA.
This is how a Greek participan, whose first ECHA experience was the Vienna conference, remembers:
“Taking part in a conference was a new experience for me and I feel really lucky that the 15th ECHA conference in Vienna gave me this opportunity. My first impression and most decisive was the sense of hospitality and intimacy that the organizing team conveyed to participants. The warm environment of the Hall of Science, the smiling faces of people working at the welcoming point helped me from the beginning to feel part of this conference. Most of all, I feel grateful that I had the opportunity to meet fellows from around the world to exchange experiences and new research ideas.”
(Athina Papakonstantinou, ECHA news vol. 30 no. 1 Spring 2016)
A video announcement is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOkT11-fjyc
In 2014 the conference was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from September 17–20. The title of the conference was: “Rethinking Giftedness: Giftedness in the Digital Age”. Through an examination of current theory, research and practice the conference aimed to explore the possibilities and challenges that the “digital age” offers to the education of the gifted across the lifespan. In addition the conference aimed to highlight current trends in research and practice considering how to best support and nurture giftedness now and in the future.
The conference was held in the hotel Four Points by Sheraton.
There were five keynote lectures and six keynote speakers, as follows: Joan Freeman (UK) and Péter Csermely (Hungary): “Discussion on the Past, Present and Future of ECHA”, Albert Ziegler (Germany): “An overdue step into the future: Gifted education goes digital”, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (USA): “Creativity in the Digital Age” (video conference), Norbert Jaušovec (Slovenia): “The Gifted Brain” and Marta Fulop (Hungary): “Do Contests and Competition Enrich or Ruin the Life of the Gifted?”. In addition, there were also nine invited speakers: Sheyla Blumen (Peru), Jasna Cvetković Lay (Croatia), Csilla Fuszek (Hungary), Lianne Hoogeveen (The Netherlands), Martin Kubala (The Czech Republic), Slavica Marsić (Serbia), Peter Merrotsy (Australia), Carrie Winstely (UK) and Frank Worrell (USA).
The introductory lecture, which followed the opening ceremony, was team based. It was moderated by Margaret Sutherland, a long-time member of ECHA and a member of the ECHA executive committee. The lecture featured Joan Freeman, founding president of the ECHA and Péter Csermely, the current ECHA president. Joan Freeman focused on the very beginning of the ECHA and vividly walked through the three decades of ECHA work, while Péter Csermely presented the modern vision of ECHA which was based on stimulating future research and professional work, collaboration and social networking.
“I am sure that this 14th ECHA Conference will make ECHA even stronger and happier. My vision is to make this enrichment of ECHA a self-maintaining process, where young talents of our days will serve as teachers, mentors, role models of the future talented generations and will strengthen ECHA maintaining its high standards and multi-coloured traditions. Ultimately, we need to build a talent-friendly continent here in Europe.“
(Péter Csermely, President of ECHA)
The evening lecture on Thursday the 18th was delivered by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the founders of positive psychology, who - through a video conference - discussed his positive view on the role and influence of the digital age on the evolution of creativity as the central human activity.
“In this well-attended conference, 250 different experts from 40 countries participated. During the four days, the educators, teachers, psychologists, pedagogues, university professors, and researchers delivered 186 research and professional contributions, among them 7 practical demonstrations, 8 workshops, 29 posters, 15 contributions within 4 symposiums, and 113 individual papers within 31 thematic sections. Two additional meetings were organized as well. The first was aimed at the possibilities ECHA organisation can offer for the international cooperation in educating teachers for working with gifted students. The second addressed (under)graduate students in the methodology of researching giftedness and the students were able to discuss open issues with established researchers from the entire world. In addition, the 2014 General Assembly was held on the second day of the conference and ECHA members agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network.”
During this conference rewards were given for the presentations on posters, which aimed at giving more support to this type of contributions due to the fact that posters are mostly delivered by younger researchers, original preliminary research presenters or the most recent innovations in learning and teaching practice.