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ETSN NGO

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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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 16:09

ECHA as a Public Organisation

Institution name:

(As mentioned in ECHA's Articles https://echa.info/fundamental-documents/articles-of-association)

European Council for High Ability -- Its Study and Development (abbreviated as: ECHA

 

RSIN (Legal Entities & Partnerships Identification Number):

40146782 (The Netherlands)

 

Tax number

 

Visiting address and mail address: 

c/o Colm O'Reilly, Secretary of ECHA, Cente for Talented Youth, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland

 

The purpose of ECHA:

See here (https://echa.info/about-echa)

 

The policy plan of ECHA: 

ECHA is organizing its annual conference each year (as a thematic conference each odd year and as an international conference each even year), publishing its semi-annual ECHA News magazine for its members, publishing its scientific journal, High Ability Studies (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/chas20) by the help of Taylor & Francis, as well as qualifies ECHA Trainings (https://echa.info/echa-training) and European Talent Centres

(https://echa.info/call-for-application-to-be-a-european-talent-centre-or-an-associated-european-talent-centre-in-the-european-talent-support-network). 

ECHA National Correspondents (https://echa.info/national-correspondents) and the European Talent Support Network (etsn.eu) help the networking of ECHA.

 

The position of the directors as listed in the Articles of ECHA: 

President, vice-president, secretary and treasurer forming together the Executive Committee.

 

The names of the directors: 

See here (https://echa.info/committee)

 

The payment policy: 

There is no renumeration for the board, the management of the organization works on a voluntary basis. ECHA does not employ any personnel.

 

Activities Report: 

See here (https://echa.info/echa-presidential-report)

 

Financial statement:

See here https://echa.info/fundamental-documents/financial-reports

 

 

The Qualification Committee invites European or in case of Associated Centres non-European talent support organisations to submit their application to become a European or Associated European Talent Centre. [1]

 

A European Talent Centre should be an organisation, or a distinct part of a larger organisation, established for this role. European Talent Centres might organise activities in the field of high ability in a region or a country (meaning that there might be more than one European Talent Centre per European country, and applications may cover more than one country).

 

A Scoring Sheet that accompanies the application form can be downloaded from HERE. The Qualification Committee will evaluate your application by aggregating the scores as a whole. Applications will not be judged against each criteria separately. Successful proven past activity and potential future engagements in the field would be of key importance in this process. [2]    

 

Existing European Talent Centres will be re-evaluated every other year (i.e. in 2020, 2022 etc.) by the Qualification Committee of ECHA to ensure that they still fulfil the criteria. If the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the title of European Talent Centre may be suspended or withdrawn by the Committee.

 

Please complete the on-line Application Form by 30 November 2018. The Application Form will be sent to the Secretary of the Qualification Committee, Csilla Fuszek. Please email any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Notes

 

[1] The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes.

Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from: https://echa.info/images/documents/high-ability/European-Talent-Support-Network-ECHA-General-Assembly.pdf

[2]  You can find more information on the results of the first round (2015) and the second round (2016).

Published in High Ability in Europe
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In 2014 the conference was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from September 17–20. The title of the conference was: “Rethinking Giftedness: Giftedness in the Digital Age”. Through an examination of current theory, research and practice the conference aimed to explore the possibilities and challenges that the “digital age” offers to the education of the gifted across the lifespan. In addition the conference aimed to highlight current trends in research and practice considering how to best support and nurture giftedness now and in the future.

The conference was held in the hotel Four Points by Sheraton.

Four Points Sheraton
Four Points Hotel, Ljubljana

There were five keynote lectures and six keynote speakers, as follows: Joan Freeman (UK) and Péter Csermely (Hungary): “Discussion on the Past, Present and Future of ECHA”, Albert Ziegler (Germany): “An overdue step into the future: Gifted education goes digital”, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (USA): “Creativity in the Digital Age” (video conference), Norbert Jaušovec (Slovenia): “The Gifted Brain” and Marta Fulop (Hungary): “Do Contests and Competition Enrich or Ruin the Life of the Gifted?”. In addition, there were also nine invited speakers: Sheyla Blumen (Peru), Jasna Cvetković Lay (Croatia), Csilla Fuszek (Hungary), Lianne Hoogeveen (The Netherlands), Martin Kubala (The Czech Republic), Slavica Marsić (Serbia), Peter Merrotsy (Australia), Carrie Winstely (UK) and Frank Worrell (USA).

The introductory lecture, which followed the opening ceremony, was team based. It was moderated by Margaret Sutherland, a long-time member of ECHA and a member of the ECHA executive committee. The lecture featured Joan Freeman, founding president of the ECHA and Péter Csermely, the current ECHA president. Joan Freeman focused on the very beginning of the ECHA and vividly walked through the three decades of ECHA work, while Péter Csermely presented the modern vision of ECHA which was based on stimulating future research and professional work, collaboration and social networking.

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Péter Csermely, Joan Freeman and Margaret Sutherland on stage, Ljubljana

“I am sure that this 14th ECHA Conference will make ECHA even stronger and happier. My vision is to make this enrichment of ECHA a self-maintaining process, where young talents of our days will serve as teachers, mentors, role models of the future talented generations and will strengthen ECHA maintaining its high standards and multi-coloured traditions. Ultimately, we need to build a talent-friendly continent here in Europe.“
(Péter Csermely, President of ECHA)

The evening lecture on Thursday the 18th was delivered by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the founders of positive psychology, who - through a video conference - discussed his positive view on the role and influence of the digital age on the evolution of creativity as the central human activity.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, Ljubljana

“In this well-attended conference, 250 different experts from 40 countries participated. During the four days, the educators, teachers, psychologists, pedagogues, university professors, and researchers delivered 186 research and professional contributions, among them 7 practical demonstrations, 8 workshops, 29 posters, 15 contributions within 4 symposiums, and 113 individual papers within 31 thematic sections. Two additional meetings were organized as well. The first was aimed at the possibilities ECHA organisation can offer for the international cooperation in educating teachers for working with gifted students. The second addressed (under)graduate students in the methodology of researching giftedness and the students were able to discuss open issues with established researchers from the entire world. In addition, the 2014 General Assembly was held on the second day of the conference and ECHA members agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network.”
(Mojca Juriševič)

During this conference rewards were given for the presentations on posters, which aimed at giving more support to this type of contributions due to the fact that posters are mostly delivered by younger researchers, original preliminary research presenters or the most recent innovations in learning and teaching practice.    

A full archived site of ECHA 2014 conference is available at http://echa2014.mib.si/. A video report is available at https://youtu.be/ncsEg_54Dx4.

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Flyer Ljubljana
Program book cover Ljubljana
Program book Ljubljana
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Gifted and talented students participating in the First European Youth Summit 2016, which was held in Vienna (Austria) between 29 February and 5 March 2016, summarized their needs in education and life. The document, having the title "Charter on the rights of gifted students" can be downloaded from here Youth Platform Charter. The successful Summit took place in parallel with the 15th International Conference of ECHA. Participating students continued the discussion on the document with the supervision of Monica Parodi, Ph.D., specialist in political legislation and Anna Maria Roncoroni, Ph.D., member of the General Committee of ECHA. The document (which was modified several times during the discussions of the students) is intending to call the attention and action of all parties involved in bettering the life of gifted and talented students, be them politicians, teachers at any level of the education system, potential mentors, tutors, parents and all members of the societies in Europe and other continents. The document wants to contribute to the process of making these societies more and more supportive for the help of gifted and talented as their key resource and – in fact – as their life insurance to solve the unprecedented challenges mankind faces in the 21st century. In the meantime we had a successful 2nd European Youth Summit in Budapest earlier this year. The next 3 Summits will take place during the 2018 and 2020 International ECHA Conferences in Dublin and Porto, respectively, as well as during the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik. The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network started several other projects which you may follow here: https://www.facebook.com/ypetsn/.

Published in News on ECHA

The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes.[1]

 

Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from: http://echa.info/images/documents/high-ability/European-Talent-Support-Network-ECHA-General-Assembly.pdf

The General Assembly of ECHA elected the Qualification Committee in 2016: http://www.echa.info/qualification-committee to qualify European Talent Centres.

 

The Qualification Committee invites European or in case of Associated Centres non European talent support organisations to submit their application to become a European or Associated European Talent Centre.

 

A European Talent Centre should be an organisation, or a distinct part of a larger organisation, established for this role. European Talent Centres might organise activities in the field of high ability in a region or a country (meaning that there might be more than one European Talent Centre per European country, and applications may cover more than one country).

You can read about the results of the first round (2015) and the second round (2016) of applications here: http://www.echa.info/129-breaking-news-the-first-14-european-talent-centres  and here: http://www.echa.info/170-five-new-centres-in-the-european-talent-support-network

You can only apply on-line on the ETSN website (http://etsn.eu/apply-to-become-a-talent-centre/);  the application form in a pdf format and its scoring sheet can be downloaded from here, too. The Qualification Committee will evaluate your application by aggregating the scores as a whole. Applications will not be judged against each criteria separately. Successful proven past activity and potential future engagements in the field would be of key importance in this process. 

Existing European Talent Centres will be re-evaluated every other year (i.e. in 2019, 2021 etc.) by the Qualification Committee of ECHA to ensure that they still fulfil the criteria. If the criteria are no longer fulfilled, the title of European Talent Centre may be suspended or withdrawn by the Committee.

Please complete the on-line Application Form (http://etsn.eu/apply-to-become-a-talent-centre/) by 22 October 2017. Completed online application forms will be sent to the Secretary of the Qualification Committee, Csilla Fuszek (http://echa.info/104-csilla-fuszek-s-cv). Please email any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


[1] The notion of hubs (Talent Centres) and nodes (Talent Points) in the forming European Talent Support Network does not mean a hierarchical structure. European Talent Points will be linked to the Network through European Talent Centres. European Talent Points may also develop contacts with multiple European Talent Centres and each other. Talent Centers should be considered as coordinating centers. There is a possibility for a joint-application to be a European Talent Centre requiring no potential European Talent Points (schools, parent organisations, organisations in gifted education, etc.) for that particular Centre. That gives a way to make a fully non-hierarchical network in countries, or regions, where it is preferred.

Published in High Ability in Europe

It is our pleasure to announce that the 17th International ECHA Conference will take place in the historic city of Porto in Portugal between the 9th and 12th September 2020. We look forward to this exciting meeting having the major topic of Capacity and Talent including educational policies, innovative and technological educational practices, identification and evaluation, case studies and all areas of gifted education and talent support. The conference will provide networking options for the European Talent Support Network and will host the 2020 European Youth Summit. Please mark the event in your calendar NOW! We look forward to see you at this momentous event.

Published in Conferences

The European Talent Support Network established a home-page, which can be visited here: http://etsn.eu/. The homepage (http://etsn.eu/history-of-etsn/) emphasizes ECHA's role in the foundation of the Network and in the gifted education expert-counseling of its everyday work. The homepage contains an excellent map of the Network (http://etsn.eu/map-of-etsn/). Many thanks for Csilla Fuszek, the coordinator of the Network, Emily Church, the web-master of ECHA and the Network Council (http://etsn.eu/council-members/) led by Albert Ziegler for all their work leading to this major step!

The Network (and its European Talent Centres) issued a call for applications to become a European Talent Point (or an Associated European Talent Point situated outside Europe). The call is open until October 30th but applications are evaluated continuously and applying organizations will hear a response within a month of their submission. Applications should be sent via the on-line Application Form accessible here: http://etsn.eu/apply-to-join-etsn/. Details of the call can be seen here: http://etsn.eu/call-for-application-to-be-a-european-talent-point-or-to-be-an-associated-european-talent-point/ together with email addresses, where further information can be gained. We encourage all ECHA members to ask the respected organizations of the field of gifted education and talent support they know to consider their application to become part of the Network.

Published in High Ability in Europe
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:36

Successful 2nd European Youth Summit

The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network organized the second European Youth Summit from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April in Budapest, Hungary. 63 young talented people from 17 countries took part at the successful event. Besides discussions with guest speakers, including Albert Ziegler, Szilvia Péter-Szarka, William Benkő and Peter Csermely, participants tried the Be-novative application (https://www.be-novative.com/) through a brainstorming session at the Central European University (CEU). 22 lightning talks were presented by the Youth Platform members and 3 workshops were organized on the Innovation Day of the confernence. Workshops initiated joint projects such as to help underprivileged talented children, international mentoring programme, Youth Expedition of Science (YES), etc. Special thanks to the professional organizer team: Csilla Fuszek, Petra Fügedi and Zsuzsa Szilágyi. The third and fourth Youth Summits will be at the 2018 International ECHA Conference in Dublin (http://echa2018.info) and the 2019 Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik (http://echa.info/186-1st-thematic-echa-conference-on-creativity-dubrovnik-croatia-16-18-october-2019). More information about the Youth Platform and the application process can be found here: http://youthplatform.g6.cz/.

Published in News on ECHA

The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network has elected its first Council for the years of 2016 to 2018. Members of the Council are: Marco Agozzino (Italy), Armin Fabian (Romania), Liliana Gerse (Austria), Lukas Kyzlik (Czech Republic) and Elle Loughran (Ireland). ECHA wishes all of them a very successful organization of the cooperation of gifted and talented young people in Europe.

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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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