ECHA Education Board Elections, 2020

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Chair of the Education Board

Christian Fischer

Christian Fischer (DE)

Christian Fischer PhD is a Full Professor for Educational Sciences with a focus on School
Research: Gifted Education and Individual Promotion at the University of Münster, Germany.
He is Scientific Director of the State Competence Centre for Individual Promotion and
Chairman of the Board of the International Centre for Research on Giftedness from the
Universities of Münster, Osnabrück and Nijmegen (since 2010). The International Centre
became one of the first 14 European Talent Centres. He is Member of the International Panel
of Experts in Gifted Education and serves as Delegate in the World Council for Gifted and
Talented Children (since 2010). He was Member of the General Committee of the European
Council for High Ability (2008–2016) and Vice-President of ECHA (2012–2016). Currently
he is Chair of ECHA Educational Board (since 2016). He is Project Leader in the Quality
Initiative Teacher Training "Dealing with Diversity" at the University of Münster (since
2016). He is also Member of the steering group of the Research Association for the Promotion
of (potentially) high-performing Students in Schools financed by the Federal Ministry of
Education and Research (since 2017). He serves as Program Director of the European
Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted and is involved in gifted education since 2001.
His publications focus on gifted education, talent development, individual promotion, learning
difficulties, self-regulated learning and teacher training.

Members of the Education Board

Enikő-Orsolya Bereczki

Enikő-Orsolya Bereczki (HU)

She is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education of the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Education and Psychology in Budapest. Her research focuses on creativity, learning, and technology, and how the affordances of digital tools can be utilized to promote creativity and learning for students with different needs. Enikő has designed several courses on serving the gifted and talented for the Education and Psychology BA and MA programs of her Institute, and is a member of the curriculum development group for the Educating the Gifted and Talented in-service teacher training program offered by her university. She regularly teaches courses and seminars in the field of creativity development, gifted education, and teaching with technology for pre- and in-service teachers. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a secondary school teacher for 12 years during which time had earned several national and international awards for her technology-based creativity fostering teaching practice. Her K-12 teaching experience along with her research background enables her to deliver evidence-based practice oriented courses in teacher education. Enikő was also a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development, where she studied the possibilities of fostering students’ creativity in technology-enhanced learning environments in US high schools under Prof. Joseph S. Renzulli’s supervision, and carried out gifted program evaluation with Prof. E. Jean Gubbins’ guidance. In addition to research, she was enrolled in several courses at the University of Connecticut focusing on the evaluation of gifted programs, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, and creativity development. Enikő is member of several professional organizations among which APA’s Division 10: Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and ECHA. She acts as an ad-hoc reviewer for journals publishing research on creativity and technology.

Ulrike Kempter

Ulrike Kempter (AT)
After attending grammar school in Linz, Upper Austria, she went to study English and German at the University of Salzburg. She worked as a language teacher for 37 years, mainly with high school students. In the meantime she expanded her teaching experience by graduating in Personalized Pedagogy (according to the logotheraphy and existential analysis of Victor Frankl). In 1999 she received the diploma of an ECHA-specialist. Being introduced to Prof. George Betts (by Prof. F. Mönks) at a Münster Conference for the Gifted has changed her work as a specialist in gifted education dramatically. She went to several Autonomous Learner Conferences in Estes Park (Colorado) and became a Certified Trainer of the Autonomous Learner Model. From 1999 on she started working at the University of Teacher Education (mainly in the field of professionalizing teachers by giving courses and being responsible for several ECHA Training courses and designing ECHA Master Courses) as well as the Austrian Center for Research and Support of the Gifted in Salzburg. After quitting school in 2009 she became a member of the Upper Austrian Center for the Gifted "Stiftung talente" where she was responsible for the organization of coaching gifted children and designing gifted support. Networking with experts from all over the world has led her to several international conferences. She has been a member of the ECHA General Committee since 2014 and became a member of the ECHA Education Board in 2016.

Victor Müller-Oppliger

Victor Müller-Oppliger (CH)
Prof. Victor Mueller-Oppliger is a professor for educational psychology and school development at the University of Education and Teacher Training of Northwestern Switzerland. He has been the director of the international Master studies in «Integrative Education of Gifted and Talent Development» from 2003 until 2017 and he is the chairman of the Conferences in Gifted Education in Switzerland and of the European Talent Center in his country. His first experiences about kids with special needs on high ends he gained as a classroom teacher (1974 – 1986) and as a superintendent of a public school (1980-87). Studies in Special Education at the University of Basel and Science of Education as well as Educational Psychology at the University of Fribourg, improved his pedagogical understanding and expertise; followed by studies at the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut/USA. He is a guest lecturer in several universities in and outside Europe and a member of  IPEGE (International Panel of Experts in Gifted Education) as well as a delegate in the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. He is an author of numerous articles and books on gifted education and talent development and editor of the Handbook of Gifted Education and Talent Development in German language (in print). He was a member of the ECHA General Committee from 2012 till 2020, where he coordinated the election and work of the ECHA National Correspondents. Since 2016 he serves the ECHA Education Board.

Mariska Poelman

Mariska Poelman (NL)
Mariska Poelman is a board member of CBO Talent Development (Center for the Study of Giftedness), and president of the National Talent Centre of the Netherlands (European Talent Centre NTCN). CBO has over 30 years of experience working with gifted and talented children, adolescents and adults. As psychologist, Mariska specialises in gifted education and she coordinates the CBO Group screening service, which provides screening for 10.000 pupils in secondary education each year.  The teacher teams of these pupils are advised on the basis of the screening results. She also works in consultancy practice as a diagnostician and therapist (positive cognitive behavioural training) for children, young people and adults and she is involved in the CBO Vooruitwerklab enrichment trajectory. Mariska teaches in the Radboud University for more than 10 years, in the ECHA-RITHA training for Specialist in Gifted Education (RadboudCSW). In addition, she provides lectures and workshops at schools, universities and conferences at home and abroad. Mariska conducts scientific research in which she focuses on identification of gifted underachievers and guidance and support for the gifted and people in their environment. She is a member of the ECHA General Committee since 2018.

Anna-Maria Roncoroni

Anna-Maria Roncoroni (IT)

Anna Maria Roncoroni is a Psychologist, with a Doctoral degree in general Psychology with a Thesis on Gifted mathematical students. She is the President of the Italian Association for Gifted and Talented students and Member of the General Committee of ECHA (2012-2020). Since 2008 she is the National Correspondent of ECHA for Italy. In her previous mandate for ECHA she declared that one of her goals was to organize an European Youth Summit during the ECHA Conference. In 2016 in Wien there will be such event with students coming from different countries of Europe. In 2013 she received the Mensa Foundation International Award for benefit to Society for her work serving gifted students. In 2015 she was nominated Ambassador of the City of Genoa. Her work is dedicated to help gifted students to develop their potential through activities and programs organized in many different regions of Italy. Since April 2015 she is a PI of a Research Grant at the University of Verona and Scientific Coordinator of the European Research Center inside the Department of Psychology. Her duty inside the General Committee will be to foster the participation of European young G&T in activities in all European countries through a network.