Dear ECHA Member,

The ECHA General Committee is made up of 8 elected ECHA members. This includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. ECHA General Committee members are nominated and elected by ECHA members. An election will be held in 2020. You will be invited to nominate candidates for the committee and then between March and June will be asked to vote so that the new committee is in place by the 2020 ECHA conference in Porto in August 2020.

The current committee is as follows:

President - Peter Csermely. Due to demit office in August 2020 having served for two four-year terms. Ineligible for re-election

Vice -President – Albert Zeigler. Eligible for re-election having served 4 years

Secretary/Treasuer – Colm O’Reilly. Eligible for re-election having served 4 years. Note, in line with ECHA regulations, the positions of Secretary and Treasurer will be agreed by the new General Committee

Ulrike Kempter – General Committee member until 2022

Mariska Poelman - General Committee member until 2022

Anna Maria Roncoroni - Due to demit office in September 2020. Ineligible for re-election

Margaret Sutherland - Due to demit office in September 2020 having served for two four-year terms. Ineligible for re-election

Victor Mueller-Oppliger - Due to demit office in September 2020 having served for two four-year terms. Ineligible for re-election

Albert Ziegler (Vice-President) and Colm O'Reilly (Secretary-Treasurer) have agreed that they are willing to stand for re-election.

As the first step in the election process, please find attached a Nomination Form for the positions of ECHA President, Vice-President and 4 General Committee members. To  nominate any candidates for the vacant positions, please use the form downloadable from here, and return it before February 29th  2020 (yes, 2020 is a leap year). The form must be signed by yourself, the ECHA member seconding your nomination and the candidate. You should also include a nominee biography of not more than 400 words and a current photograph of the nominee (for the e-vote system). The completed and signed Nomination Form should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if using regular mail, please return to the address noted on the form. Please note that nominations coming from those who are currently not members of ECHA or nominations of those who are currently not members of ECHA will not be taken into account.

Mid-March all ECHA members will receive the Ballot Forms and Nominee Profiles. Members will be able to vote using the updated e-vote site (, or by mailing back the Ballot Forms. All forms must be received electronically or by surface mail by midnight on June 15th 2020. No late votes will be accepted or counted. The election committee will announce the results by June 30th via the ECHA website and Facebook page.

The mandate of the new office bearers will start at the end of the 2020 General Assembly. This  will be convened at 17.30 on the 10th September 2018 at the 17th International ECHA Conference in Porto. You can register for this meeting here:  

We look forward to electing new members to the ECHA Committee.

Best wishes,

The Election Committee
Peter Csermely (President of ECHA), Anna Maria Roncoroni, Margaret Sutherland and Victor Mueller-Oppliger ECHA elections 2020

The 2012 General Assembly of ECHA supported the establishment of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). As we informed our members before, ETSN became an independent NGO in 2019 ( The 2019 ECHA General Assembly therefore entitled the General Committee and the president of ECHA to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ETSN on the long-term cooperation of the two organizations. We are happy to report that the Memorandum has been signed. Please download the document from here. We look forward for the continuation of the mutually beneficial cooperation between these two organizations!


We are happy to announce that the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) opened a call to become a European Talent Centre. Please find the application criteria and the application form here: deadline is January 31st 2020. Please note that organizations related to gifted education and talent support located outside of Europe may also apply as an Associated Talent Centre. Any further info may be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also note that the application process to become a European Talent Point (or Associated Talent Point) is continuous, you may find its details here:


After careful considerations the ECHA Education Board
assembled the guidelines and qualification criteria which
were accepted by the 2018 ECHA General Assembly.
Please find these guidelines as well as the details
of application to get your training in gifted education
qualified as an ECHA training here:
The ECHA Education Board has qualified 4 trainings
as ECHA trainings from lower Austria, Styria (Austria), Germany
and the Netherlands. Their brief summary and contact details will be
published soon here:

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.

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

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!

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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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