The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network organized the second European Youth Summit from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April in Budapest, Hungary. 63 young talented people from 17 countries took part at the successful event. Besides discussions with guest speakers, including Albert Ziegler, Szilvia Péter-Szarka, William Benkő and Peter Csermely, participants tried the Be-novative application (https://www.be-novative.com/) through a brainstorming session at the Central European University (CEU). 22 lightning talks were presented by the Youth Platform members and 3 workshops were organized on the Innovation Day of the confernence. Workshops initiated joint projects such as to help underprivileged talented children, international mentoring programme, Youth Expedition of Science (YES), etc. Special thanks to the professional organizer team: Csilla Fuszek, Petra Fügedi and Zsuzsa Szilágyi. The third and fourth Youth Summits will be at the 2018 International ECHA Conference in Dublin (http://echa2018.info) and the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik (http://echa.info/186-1st-thematic-echa-conference-on-creativity-dubrovnik-croatia-16-18-october-2019). More information about the Youth Platform and the application process can be found here: http://youthplatform.g6.cz/.

It is our pleasure to announce that the new webmaster of ECHA, Emily Church (a member of the team of the ECHA Secretary, Colm O'Reilly) installed a new membership handling system to our website. The system automatically sends an email response upon renewing your membership and upon the arrival of the payment (either by credit card or by electronic bank transfer as you wish). The system also sends renewal requests for those members whose membership expired. With this system now installed we hope to make the membership application and renewal process much easier and faster than before. In case you experience any problem, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The General Committee of ECHA decided that from 2017 ECHA membership has a quarterly structure, meaning that ECHA membership expires at the end of the 4th quarter year after its payment (e.g. on December 31st 2017 in case you pay your membership until 31st March, on March 31st 2018, if you pay in the next quarter, etc.). Members who apply or renew their membership until March 31st, will receive the Spring ECHA News to their email address and the first issue of High Ability Studies -- if they are full members (student members can receive the journal by paying a nominal fee of 27 EUR at this page: http://echa.info/membership). Members paying their fee until September 30th will receive the Fall ECHA News and the second issue of High Ability Studies. We encourage you to become a member of ECHA/renew your membership before March 31st to enjoy the full benefits of your ECHA membership in 2017. Please apply/renew today here: http://echa.info/membership.

The European Talent Support Network has now close to 300 cooperating organizations from 39 countries total representing Europe and many other continents. After the nomination of the members of the Network Council by the representatives of 19 European Talent Centres, the Talent Centres and Talent Points voted for the Council. Lianne Hoogeveen was asked to be the Caretaker of the vote. 62% of all possible votes were received (including 79% of Talent Centre votes). Antonios Apostolou, Csilla Fuszek (coordinator), Mojca Jurisevic, Colm O'Reilly and Albert Ziegler were elected as members of the first Network Council by 76% of the votes or more. Their mandate is until 31 December 2018. Armin Fabian, the representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network is an invited member of the Council meetings. They will help the cooperation of the European Talent Support Network including the initiation of several joint actions. See the CV-s of Council members here.

In the past months the European Talent Support Network grew rapidly and now it has close to 300 cooperating organizations (see their map). If you have sent your registration before, but you do not see your organization in the map (or you see it in a wrong position), please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The network started joint projects in teacher training, arts, STEM/entrepreneurship, established a Youth Platform of talented young people won and will submit several EU grant applications. Join this community! Organizations will be able to submit their registration from around February 2017 by filling in the Application Form downloadable from here to the email address specified in the original call. In case of any questions, please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network (in the followings: Network) was established after the first European Youth Summit which was organized in the frame of the 15th International ECHA Conference in Vienna in March 2016. The Youth Platform aims to allow a more continuous cooperation of talented young people

  1. to discuss the development of gifted education in the countries of the Network from the youth perspective;
  2. to organize further European Youth Summits;
  3. to organize webinars, and other web-based seminars or interactive discussions;
  4. to create a more dynamic collaboration between talented young people of the Network supporting joint projects of talented young people.

In July 2016 the Youth Platform elected its interim representative and deputy representative, Armin Fabian and Lukas Kyzlik, respectively (short CV). The Youth Platform has a Facebook Group (open for members only) and will establish other forums of communication soon.

The European Talent Support Network was established by the support of the European Council for High Ability, and currently has more than 300 participating organizations from more than 35 countries in Europe and in other continents. The Network has an interim representative, Lianne Hoogeveen, and a coordinator, Csilla Fuszek until 31 December 2016. After the 30th September 2016 (when the current round to apply for becoming a Talent Point or Associate Talent Point of the Network closes) participating organizations will elect a 5-membered Council to represent and increasingly self-organize the Network in 2017 and 2018. The Youth Platform of the Network was established after the first European Youth Summit, which was organized in the frame of the 15th International ECHA Conference in Vienna in March 2016. Participating organizations of the European Talent Support Network may nominate talented young people as members of the Youth Platform sending their names and emails to the email of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Currently the Youth Platform has 33 members representing 15 countries. To make a similar structure for the Youth Platform of the Network, an interim representative and a deputy was elected who have mandates until 31st December 2016. After the completion of the Talent Point registration process in 30th September 2016 the election of a Council of the Youth Platform will take place by the end of the year.

Armin Fabian, representative of the Youth Platform. Armin Fabian was elected as the interim representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network. Armin just completed his eleventh grade in Satu Mare, Romania. He finished his latest 3 school years with the highest possible ratings. This year he received the ‘’Magis Prize’’, which is the biggest award of his school, given only for 2 students from more than 350. A few months ago he was selected to participate in the Hungarian Templeton Program, which is a supportive and creative community formed to develop 315 exceptional cognitive talents (from more than 20.000 applicants). He represented the program at the European Parliament meeting in Brussels. He won two times in a row the national round of the “Academic Competition of Biblical Studies” organized by the Romanian State. He received several diplomas from the County and City Council, plus a gold medal from the mayor of his city. He took part at 9 literature competitions, getting 4 international first prizes, 2 national rewards and one special gift. His native language is Hungarian, but he speaks English and Romanian, plus has a knowledge of German, too. He took part at the European Youth Summit and the ECHA Conference in Vienna in March 2016, became the leader for one of the teams and had a short speech about racism. He had worked as a volunteer for the Youth Platform in the past 4 months very intensively. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lukas Kyzlik, deputy representative of the Youth Platform. Lukas Kyzlik lives in Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated from general grammar school Gymnázium Špitálská in 2016. He is a bachelor candidate at The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology. He works part-time as lector and creator of e-learning courses on electronics for gifted children at Intellectus since 2015. He is a member of the Talent Centre of the National Institute for Further Education since 2014. He took part in ASURO Robotics Course in 2014 and led student group conducting research on topic “Measurement of bodily functions using open-source electronics” in project T-Expedition 2015. He also took part in T-Study, a project allowing high school students to study selected university subjects, at Palacký University Olomouc in 2015-16. He is a member of Czech Student Union since 2016. He is interested in electronics & IT, mathematics, physics, gifted education, and politics. He likes to go swimming is an advanced English speaker and also speaks German. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The organizers are pleased to announce the Conference on the Fostering and Development of Talent, which takes place on the 12th – 13th of September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia -- including many speakers from ECHA. The conference is the key event in the field of education within the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. For more information and registration, please visit the web site of the conference http://talents2016.eu or contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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