The National Correspondents are a vital part of ECHA, they are the contacts and communicators between ECHA and their country. To be a correspondent they need to be a regular participant at the ECHA Conferences, hold an activity in their country every year, work to increase the ECHA membership in their country and send a regular report to the ECHA News.
The coordinator will contact all the national correspondents once a year to check that they are happy to continue in their role and to ask for a brief report on the work of their country. The accounts from various countries will help the coordinator to write a summary report for each edition of Echa News.
At each of the ECHA conferences there will be a meeting for all the national correspondents that the co-ordinator will organise. The time and the date will be notified to the correspondents before the conference.
For more information about the National Correspondent of your country please contact our National Correspondent Coordinator.
What are the strengths of ECHA? First of all: its continuously enriched traditions of more than 25 years. Secondly, ECHA’s superb quality in all areas related to research and practice associated with talented people. This high quality is exemplified by High Ability Studies, which is the most prestigious journal of the field. Last but not least ECHA’s strength comes from the large variety of approaches of its members reflecting the cultural richness of Europe.
What are the weaknesses of ECHA and European talent support in 2012? First of all, there is a gap between research and practice. In many places local talent support communities are isolated from the rest of Europe and often re-invent the wheel. Sometimes these local communities invent a square instead of a wheel – which is even worse. We need a much more intensive dissemination of the scientific results and exchange of the best talent support practices in Europe. The second weakness of ECHA and European talent support is the gap between research, practice and politics. Talented people are the future of Europe. Still, the Horizon 2020 takes talent as a granted treasure of the ‘old continent’, and contains no direct measures to discover and support the huge and hidden European pool of talented people. The third weakness of ECHA is the gap between ECHA Conferences. ECHA cannot be a ‘conference-society’ only. Our responsibility is much wider than that.
What are the major goals of ECHA for the coming years? First and foremost ECHA has to stand in the forefront of building a European Talent Support Network. This should be a network of all people involved in talent support: educators, researchers, psychologists, parents, politicians and the talented young people themselves. Talent Support Centres of many European countries may serve as regional hubs of this network building a contact structure going beyond their own country. Secondly, and consequently: ECHA needs to grow its membership and needs to maintain a continuous contact with its members. Third, ECHA needs to build up an intensive contact structure with other European actors involved in talent support: the European Parliament, the European Commission, other related Europe-wide NGO-organizations and multi-national firms willing to cooperate with us and support ECHA.
Talented people in all ages are the life-insurance of Europe in times of economic and social crisis. Europe needs novel solutions, which needs creativity and talented people. Each European citizen might potentially hide a special type of talent. We need to discover this huge reserve and help its development into a joint success of Europe.
The team of Prof. Dr. Christian Fischer was honoured with the conference award by the city of muenster for hosting the 13th International ECHA Conference. It was held in combination with the 4th Muensterscher Bildungskongress in September 2012 and was managed by Dr. Christiane Fischer-Ontrup and Anne Vohrmann.
The organizers of the recent "Towards a European Talent Support Network" conference decided to give the first European Talent Networking Award to all 4 former presidents of ECHA. The award recognizes the pioneering role of ECHA in forming European-level cooperation in the field of studying and helping young people with high ability. On the picture awardees are putting together the 4 pieces of the first European Talent Networking Award: Joan Freeman, Franz Mönks (represented by Peter Csermely in his absence), Javier Tourón and Kirsi Tirri (represented by Csilla Fuszek in her absence) symbolizing the strength of cooperation.
Throughout Europe there is a growing awareness of the needs of our most able individuals; in recent years increasing interest in this area of child development has generated new forms of practice in education, numerous research programmes and studies, a growth in the number of societies for parents of highly able children and, indeed, a growth in concern for highly able people of all ages.
ECHA has been generated by an overwhelming demand for coordination from most European countries, both West and East. The major goal of ECHA is to act as a communications network to promote the exchange of information among people interested in high ability – educators, researchers, psychologists, parents and the highly able themselves. As the ECHA network grows, provision for highly able people improves and these improvements are beneficial to all members of society.
The basis for this specifically European Council comes from a belief in our common cultural heritage which is distinct from that of other parts of the world. Although Europe is made up of different countries with many languages, we share the traditions and outlooks of societies in which education has been widely available for centuries. We also share the same kinds of problems, and it makes sense to work towards their solution together.
The European Council for High Ability aims to advance the study and development of potential excellence in people. This enterprise calls for easy access to communication so that new discoveries whether scientific or the fruits of experience, can be readily shared between members of ECHA and others who are concerned about high ability.
ECHA enjoys consultative status as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with the Council of Europe.
Charity Number: 40146782
ECHA celebrated its 25th birthday on 19th May 2013. As an introduction to this former ECHA presidents and secretaries summarize the first 25 years of ECHA traditions.