Naoise Collins

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The Editor-in-Chief of High Ability Studies (HAS), Albert Ziegler has completed his second term leading ECHA's scientific journal. The General Committee formed a search committee to find Albert's successor and after a careful selection process Alejandro Veas from the University of Alicante (Spain) was elected by the General Committee as the new Editor-in-Chief of HAS. We would like to thank Albert Ziegler for his great leadership of the Journal leading to a wider circulation, higher impact and -- last but not least -- many key papers of gifted education! Please find the bio of the new Editor-in-Chief enclosed. We wish Alejandro Veas a great continuation of the long traditions of the Journal!
 
Alejandro Veas is a Doctor with an International Mention and Extraordinary Award from the University of Alicante (Spain), a Bachelor of Psychology with a Master in Teacher Training from the University of Murcia (Spain). He has worked as an Educational Counselor in various Primary and Secondary Education centers, and has been hired Predoctoral in the area of Developmental Psychology and Didactics at the University of Alicante, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in public call. He currently works as a Teaching Assisstant Professor in the same department. His research was carried out among others at the University of Bristol, England (2015) and the University of Nuremberg, Germany (2016). Likewise, he has collaborated in varioius research project, most of then financed by Ministries and Departments of Education. As a result of the work carried out, communications have been published at international congresses, and several articles in international journals indexed in JCR, such as the British Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Frontiers in Psychology, among others. His lines of work encompass academic performance, psychometrics and experimental designs applied to education, and giftedness. Currently, he is leading an innovative research project in Spain about applied psychometrics in educational assessment and students' competences.
 
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International ECHA Conferences have been the biannual summits of European talent support in the last three decades. The 2016 General Assembly of ECHA modified the Standing Orders of ECHA allowing the organization, of a (much) smaller, thematically well-focused, research oriented ECHA Thematic Conference in between the two biannual International ECHA Conferences. The 1st Thematic ECHA Conference was organized in Dubrovnik (Croatia), between 16-18 October 2019 on Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual and Educational Perspective. The 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference will be in Budapest (Hungary) between 25-27 March 2021 on Closing the achievement gaps in gifted education. 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 3rd Thematic ECHA Conference in 2023. The Guidelines for a Thematic ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HEREYou should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE  before 15th of September 2020Please send the proposal by e-mail to the vice-president of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 15th September 2020. By October 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposal, 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 November 30th. The General Committee will announce the organizer, time and venue of the 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference by 20th of December 2020 at the ECHA web-site. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

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Dear ECHA Member, The ECHA General Committee is made up of 8 elected ECHA members. This includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer is elected at the first meeting of the new General Committee by the Committee members. The ECHA President, Vice-President and General Committee members are nominated and elected by ECHA members. An election is held in 2020. Current ECHA members were asked to vote by email so that the new General Committee is in place by the 2020 ECHA conference in Porto in September 2020.  We received nominations for the following people (see their Nomination Profile downloadable from here). President – Lianne Hoogeveen (NL); Vice -President – Albert Zeigler (DE); 4 nominations for the 4 open positions of the General Committee (in alphabetical order): Szilvia Fodor (HU), Elisabet Mellroth (SE), Colm O'Reilly (IE) and Georgia Tsoulfa (GR). ECHA members were receiving instructions to cast their votes by email. If you believe you are an ECHA member having a valid membership as of today and you have not received an email asking you to vote, please check first your Spam folder. If you do not find our email there as well, please contact the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asking clarification. All votes 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 and General Committee 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: http://echa2020.org/en/content/registration/registration_fees.html We look forward to electing new members to the ECHA Committee. The Election Committee (Peter Csermely, Anna Maria Roncoroni, Victor Mueller-Oppliger and Margaret Sutherland)

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 09:35

Condolences

Dear ECHA Community, Dear Friends!
It is my sad duty to inform you that the Honorary President of ECHA, Franz Mönks has passed away on March 10th at 4.10 am in peace. He had suffered from a severe gland inflammation which has led to a serious condition in the last few months. He passed his 87th birthday in April 2019. He obtained his PhD in Bonn in 1966 about the future vision of adolescents. From 1967 to 1988 he was professor of developmental psychology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Since 1988 he has held the first chair in Psychology and Pedagogy of the Gifted Child in Europe. From 1973 to 1978, he was also professor of developmental psychology at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He was visiting professor in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Lima, Bandung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Lexington (Kentucky), Debrecen (Hungary), Hefei and Shanghai (China). In 1997 he retired as an emeritus professor of Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). He became the Honorary Professor and Doctor of many universities. In 1989 he became vice president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). In that position, he organized the ninth World Congress on giftedness in The Hague in 1991. In 1992, he resigned from that position to become President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). He was re-elected altogether three times for a four-year period. In this position he founded a globally recognized training in 1992: Specialist in Gifted Education. In 1994, the first five diplomas were awarded during the ECHA Congress in Nijmegen. There are now several thousand teachers who have successfully completed this training. Most of them in Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, but also in Sweden, Chile and Peru. He was the recipient of the Kelemen László Award of the Hungarian Association of Psychology (2000); as well as the Lifetime Achievement Awards of the Hungarian Talent Support Organization (2012) and MENSA International (2012). One of the last public occasions he participated was the 1st Thematic Conference of ECHA in Dubrovnik in 2019, Croatia where he became the Honorary President of ECHA and received its Certificate. That was a moment of well-deserved honour for Franz's many-decade long service for ECHA. I am truly glad that the ECHA community was able to give this to Him. We will miss Franz. He contributed a lot to our community and had personal friendship with many-many members in ECHA. Please keep Franz in your best memory, and think about those who were close to Him sharing their loss, pain and suffer.
Peter Csermely, president of ECHA

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 Ziegler. 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 (https://echa.info/e-vote), 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: http://echa2020.org/en/content/registration/registration_fees.html  

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 (http://etsn.eu). 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!

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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: https://etsn.eu/apply-to-become-a-talent-centre/The 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: https://etsn.eu/apply-to-join-etsn/.

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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: https://echa.info/echa-training
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: https://echa.info/echa-training
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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 15:46

Echa Conference Porto Registration Open

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.

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