Margaret Sutherland (UK) PhD lectures in additional support for learning at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  She is the Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning.  She has 33 years teaching experience in schools and higher education.  She has written in the field of gifted education and is the author of a number of academic papers, chapters and books on the subject.  Her book, Gifted and Talented in the Early Years has been translated into German. She is on the editorial board of the Korean Journal of Educational Policy.  She speaks at conferences and has worked across the UK and with staff and students in Tanzania; Malawi; Korea; Virginia, USA; Slovenia; The Netherlands; Poland, Hungary, Saudi Arabia and Denmark.  She is an elected member of the General Committee of the European Council for High Ability.

Colm O’Reilly (IE) PhD is the Director of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at Dublin City University. CTYI provides fast paced classes for academically talented students aged 6–16 years from all over Ireland and overseas. Currently the Centre caters for over 5000 students per annum and it is the only recognised teaching centre for gifted children in the Republic of Ireland. CTYI run over 120 academic courses annually for gifted students. Colm has worked in the area of gifted and talented education for the last 15 years, and has published articles and presented papers at numerous conferences around the world. He has experience in teacher training for gifted students around Ireland and is responsible for the implementation of many classes and initiatives for gifted children and teachers in Ireland. Colm is a member of the Academic Advisory Board at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Csilla Fuszek (HU) worked for over 15 years as a teacher in primary, secondary and higher education. Since 2000 she has been focused and become specialized in the field of gifted and talented education. As a civil servant she worked for 7 years as a managing director of nationwide talent development programs aimed to promote equal opportunities to the disadvantaged strata of society. Between 2007 and 2011 she was the managing director of the Csányi Foundation, which is one of the biggest civil education foundations focusing on talent support in Hungary. She has been a lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University since 2008. Since 2009 she has been working for the Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations on nationwide talent support projects supported by EU funds. Initially she was responsible for establishing international connections and for collecting best practices outside and inside Europe. From 2012 she is the founding director of the Budapest European Talent Centre ( She organized 3 major European talent support conferences in 2006, 2011 and 2014. Csilla Fuszek was elected as the Secretary of the Accreditation Committee at the first meeting of the Committee.

Christian Fischer (DE) PhD is full professor for Educational Sciences with a focus on School Research: Gifted Education and Individual Promotion at the University of Münster, Germany. He is academic director of the International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) from the Universities of Münster, Osnabrück and Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He also is vice president of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and Program Director of the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted. He is member of the editorial board of the Austrian Journal for Gifted Education. He is involved in gifted education since 2001. His publications focus on gifted education, individual promotion, learning difficulties and self-regulated learning.

Lianne Hoogeveen (NL) is developmental psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, board member of the ‘Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany) and member of the Executive Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) as the Secretary of ECHA. She teaches at Radboud University and is a guest teacher in different other universities, in and outside the Netherlands. She is involved in post-academic education for psychologists and teachers and in individual counselling of gifted children, youngsters and adults from 1991. Lianne conducts scientific research on giftedness and education, and wrote a PhD-thesis on academic acceleration. Concerning research and education, she cooperates with colleagues of other universities, in- and outside the Netherlands. Lianne was elected as The President of the European Talent Centers Accreditation Committee at the first meeting of the committee.


Lianne HoogeveenLianne Hoogeveen
Programme Director
Radboud Centre Social Sciences
Toernooiveld 5 
6525 ED Nijmegen
The Netherlands


Albert ZieglerAlbert Ziegler
Friedrich Alexander Universitat, Nürnberg-Erlangen
Lehrstuhl Pädagogische Psychologie
Dutzendteichstraße 24, D-90478 Nürnberg, Germany


Secretary and Treasurer of ECHA

colmColm O'Reilly
Centre for Talented Youth
Dublin City University
Dublin 9
Phone: +353 (1) 700 5000/extn: 5633
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General Committee Member

ulrike kempterUlrike Kempter
Vereins Stiftung Talente OÖ
ÖZBF Salzburg
Victor Müller OppligerVictor Müller-Oppliger
Pädagogische Hochschule der Nordwestschweiz
Swiss Centre for Gifted Education
Benzburweg 30
Liestal, Switzerland
+41 61 925 77 47
Mariska PoelmanMariska Poelman
Radboud University
Postbus 9104
The Netherlands
Anna Maria Roncoroni Anna Maria Roncoroni
Via Maragliano 6/1 sc. sn.
I-16121 Genova
Margaret Sutherland Margaret Sutherland
University of Glasgow
School of Education
St. Andrew's Building,
11 Eldon Street,
Glasgow G3 6NH

Invited (nonvoting) members of the General Committee

Editor-in-Chief of High Ability Studies

Alejandro VeasAlejandro Veas
Faculty of Education
University of Alicante
03690, San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante, Spain

Chairman of the ECHA Education Board

Christian Fischer Christian Fischer
International Centre for the Study of Giftedness ICBF
Universität Münster
Georgskommende 33,
48143 Münster, Germany

Chair of the next International ECHA Conference

Helena Serra Helena Serra
Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti
Rua Gil Vicente, 138-142,
4000-255 Porto

Chair of the 2021 Thematic ECHA Conference

Fuszek Csilla Csilla Fuszek
Director of the European Talent Centre, Budapest
Postal address: 1518 Budapest 112 PO Box 146, Hungary
Office: MATEHETSZ, Mérnök u. 39. 1119 Budapest, Hungary

Representative of the 2022 International ECHA Conference

29994701 1512474008863919 168761451 o 1Desirée Houkema
National Talent Centre of the Netherlands,

Representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network

29994701 1512474008863919 168761451 o 1Veronika Deketová
Czech Republic

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