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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ECHA 2022

International ECHA Conferences were and remained biannual summits of European talent support in the last close to three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits. The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education or help of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 18th International ECHA Conference in September 2022. The Guidelines for an ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE (ECHA International Conference guidelines)

You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE (ECHA International Conference proposal 2022) before the 15th of June 2019 by email to the Vice-President of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By July 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposals, 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 September 10th. The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 18th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and at the ECHA website by 30th September 2019. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

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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