Call to organize the 19th International ECHA Conference in 2024

International ECHA Conferences were and remain biannual summits in the last more than 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 and/or care of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 19th International ECHA Conference in September 2024. 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 2024) before the 30th of January 2022 by email to ECHA Admin <admin@echa-site.eu>. By Februaryth  the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposals, inform applicants about each other’s proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until March 30th . The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 19th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and at the ECHA website by 30th April 2022. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

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Registration is now open for the

7th Bildungskongress in Muenster

in association with the LemaS-Conference 2021

22.09.-25.09.2021


Identifying Potential – Developing Talents – Sustainable Education

We are pleased to announce the 7th Bildungskongress in Muenster entitled “Identifying Potential – Developing Talents – Sustainable Education”, which will take place from September 22nd to 25th, 2021, together with the annual conference of the research association “LemaS” (Leistung macht Schule, an initiative to enhance talent development in German schools). The congress will be held digitally. 

The congress aims to connect research approaches from the fields of gifted education and gifted support with sustainability (SDGs) and the related aspect of social responsibility. A central concern are the global challenges of the 21st century (e.g. global climate and world health) and the question, how individualized talent support can prepare pupils of a new generation to meet these challenges in a dedicated, creative and constructive way. Based on these central questions, the congress, on the one hand, aims to ascertain, how the achievement-related potential of children and adolescents can optimally develop on a long-term basis and, on the other hand, how their talents can be integrated with regard to the role of civil society in shaping a sustainable future, in terms of ecology, society, economy, culture, politics, globalization and digitalization. In this context, also the function of states, or, more specifically, of educational policies (e.g. future teacher training, curriculum design and teaching methods for sustainable education) are to be discussed.

Confirmed Speakers are: Rena Subotnik, Jutta Allmendinger, Robert Sternberg, Armin Nassehi, Bernd Ulrich, Sally Reis, Joe Renzulli, Charles Fadel, Jan Bransen, Kristina Reiss, Kai Niebert and Andreas Schleicher (among others).

For more information see: https://icbfkongress.de/ (information in English on the right)

Register here: https://wwuindico.uni-muenster.de/e/mbk2021

Early Bird registration available until 30th June 2021.

If you have questions, feel free to contact our team: icbfkongress@uni-muenster.de 

Registration Open for The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) 2021 Virtual World Conference

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children will host its first Virtual World Conference over two weekends, July 31 – August 1 & August 7 – 8. The conference platform, SpotMe, will offer several networking opportunities including matchmaking for finding new colleagues with similar interests, question/comment feeds, video breakout sessions, among other features.

The conference will feature eight keynote presentations. There will also be 24 simulive sessions, eight live panel discussions, and many on-demand and audiovisual presentations. The schedule is staggered across three time zones to make it more accessible no matter where you live, and the simulive/live sessions with be recorded for later viewing.

Learn more and register at https://worldgifted2021.com/register/

2nd ECHA Thematic Conference Online in Budapest – Registration Open

The Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organisations (MATEHETSZ) together with the University of Debrecen, Hungary organises the international 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference online in March 2021.

The topic of the Conference is ‘Closing the achievement gap’. The persistent disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students is a topical issue in gifted education, and the achievement gap is closely related to the concept of equity, fairness in education, equal access to learning opportunities and greater equality in educational achievement, attainment and benefits, all key goals of a caring talent support system.

Our everyday life now abounds in online meetings and activities due to restrictions
imposed by the pandemic. It was originally planned to receive and host attendees in
Budapest, but given the global circumstances, the Conference had to be converted into an online event. The usual 1.5-2-day thematic conference has been extended a whole week, with opportunities to join it twice a day, at 10:00 a.m. and 16:00 p.m. CET. The presentations of each day will be repeated in the morning of the following day to provide comfortable access to people all over the world. Consequently, the Conference will last for an unusual six days, from 23 to 28 March 2021, so it will actually be a so-called ECHA Thematic Week.

During this week we will hear from leading researchers, keynote and invited speakers such as Márta Fülöp (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Frank C. Worrell (Berkeley, CA), Paula Olszewski-Kubilius (Northwestern University), Jonathan Plucker (Johns Hopkins University) and Tibor Péter Nagy (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

The measures instigated to fight COVID-19 have made tackling the
underprivileged situation more topical than ever. School shutdowns can deprive students of the educational opportunities they need to build a brighter future, and thereby compound disparities in learning and achievement. In addition, underprivileged students are more likely to remain remote and less likely to have access to the prerequisites of online learning such as electronic devices, internet access and live contact with teachers. Left unaddressed, these opportunity gaps would translate into even wider achievement gaps.

In view of the global economic challenges and in line with our conference topic,
participation at the Conference Week will be free of charge to all, but preliminary
registration is required
.

ECHA members registered to the conference will later be provided access to all presentations for 6 more months.

Please register to the conference here: https://echa2021budapest.org/?page_id=178

For more info visit the website: https://echa2021budapest.org/

If you have any queries relating to the conference, you can contact the conference organisers at ECHA2021Budapest@tehetseg.hu

-Call for Papers-

7th Bildungskongress in Muenster

together with the annual LemaS – Conference

22.-25. September 2021

Identifying Potential – Developing Talents – 

Sustainable Education

CONFERENCE THEME:

The conference aims to connect research approaches from the fields of gifted education and gifted support with sustainability (SDGs) and the related aspect of social responsibility. A central concern are the global challenges of the 21st century (e.g. global climate and world health) and the question, how individualized talent support can prepare pupils of a new generation to meet these challenges in a dedicated, creative and constructive way. Based on these central questions, the conference, on the one hand, aims to ascertain, how the achievement-related potential of children and adolescents can optimally develop on a long-term basis and, on the other hand, how their talents can be integrated with regard to the role of civil society in shaping a sustainable future, in terms of ecology, society, economy, culture, politics, globalization and digitalization. In this context, also the function of states, or, more specifically, of educational policies (e.g. future teacher training, curriculum design and teaching methods for sustainable education) are to be discussed.

We are seeking submissions related to the following fields:

  • Current research on gifted education and talent support
  • Diagnosis-oriented and potential-oriented support 
  • Challenging learning environments 
  • 21st century competencies 
  • Addressing sustainability and other topics of global relevance in the classroom 
  • Onsite and Distance Learning

Overarching question: What can educational policy contribute to a positive development in the above listed fields?  

Submission deadline: 17 January, 2021.

A detailed call with more information on the submission procedure can be found here: https://icbfkongress.de/images/Call_for_Papers_en.pdf Contact: icbfkongress@uni-muenster.de

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