News on High Ability
The 2016 ECHA Conference will be in Vienna between 2 and 5 March (http://echa2016.info). The Conference has the major topics of migration and intercultural exchange. However, ALL contributions related to gifted education or talent support are most welcome! The speakers and registered contributors come from different fields (science, research and practice) and they also vary in their own cultural environment representing almost all European countries, USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Australia – and the list of countries is growing each day. Registration for ECHA members has a special discount and is available here. You may apply for an ECHA membership here.
The conference venue is located in the beautiful historical city center of Vienna and is just a minute walk away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Special arrangements with hotels in this area are made, so that conference participants are able to spend some budget-friendly days in Vienna (find more information about the accommodation online at:). Even though the conference program is fully booked with lectures, presentations, workshops, a river cruise on the Danube and a rich social program, Vienna offers a huge amount of cultural activities which we can highly recommend. On the conference website you can find more information about how to book, for example, a special tour through the impressive castle of Schönbrunn or a trip to the nearby cities Prague, Budapest and Bratislava. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna!
The first 14 European Talent Centres received their certificates in the building of the European Parliament, and started the work of the European Talent Support Network on the 29th September. Here is a quote from the speech of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at the event:
“Talent is not something to be sought and nurtured only among those with high potential and limited to the world of science. On the contrary, it is about helping every pupil to make the most of his or her potential, supporting parents and teachers in identifying their qualities and help them seek personal fulfilment through what every single one of them does best. This is not an easy task. It might not even be possible in all cases. But we all need to keep reminding ourselves that this is one of the core missions of our education systems. And we need to act accordingly. And this last point is crucial because Europe needs talent to face some of its most pressing challenges. Talent will not solve all these challenges alone, but it will be part of the answer. And the European Talent Support Network will certainly help us in this endeavour.”
Please find the description of the European Talent Centres by clicking to this link: http://www.echa.info/high-ability-in-europe/134-information-on-european-talent-centres. The Centres will issue a call to register European Talent Points before the end of the year. Please look to this web-site for details in the end of October, beginning of November. Thanks to the work of our web-master, Stefan Schmedt, the Talent Support Map of Europe was also published, and can be reached here: http://www.echa.info/135-map. The Map now contains the description of the first 14 European Talent Centres, but by 2016 it will also contain all European Talent Points and additional European Talent Centres joining to the current 14 accredited in the first round in 2016.
It is our pleasure to inform you that the ECHA Accreditation Committee completed its work and accredited the first European Talent Centres. The Committee received 28 high quality applications from 19 countries. Successful applications needed a score higher than the threshold of 70% of the maximum score. Scores were defined as shown in the scoring sheet published at the time of the call.
In the current first round the following 14 applicants from 13 countries have been accredited as European Talent Centres:
It is our pleasure to inform you that ECHA's Facebook was growing quite rapidly in the last months and now has more than 300 members. If you are interested in everyday news and posts in gifted education, talent support and ECHA activities, and you are on Facebook, please join here: https://www.facebook.com/
ECHA received close to thirty applications for being a European Talent Centre from 18 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey), as well as even from Brasil. Thank you all, who had applied! Those, who missed this occasion, will have a chance to join the first Centres in early 2016. The Accrediation Committee will have its next session in mid-April, when they first oversee the applications, and will start their evaluation process. We will keep you updated on the progress.
There is an unexpectedly large interest from a wide range of European countries to apply for a European Talent Centre. As we informed you on this web-site earlier, the Accreditation Committee of ECHA announced a call to apply to be a European Talent Centre in February. The full text of the call can be read HERE.Due to the large interest the deadline of the Application was extended by 7th April. Note that there will be no further extension of this deadline.
This call is now closed.