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    European Council for High Ability


    • The European Council of High Ability (ECHA) was established in 1988 as a European Non-governmental organization. The major aim of ECHA is to promote the information exchange of people interested in high ability – teachers, researchers, psychologists, parents, politicians and the highly able themselves. ECHA has the Charity Number: 40146782, with headquarters in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. ECHA has both personal and organizational membership. Those interested in gifted education or highly able people may apply for membership.

      The services of the European Council for High Ability are the following:

      ECHA is directed by a General Assembly convening annually. The General Assembly elects the General Committee responsible for ECHA’s life in between two General Assemblies. Members in different countries are helped by National Correspondents. Past-presidents, past-secretaries and past-editor-in-chiefs of High Ability Studies are Honorary Members of ECHA.



      • The newspaper, ECHA News for its members published twice a year.
      • The scientific journal , published by Taylor & Francis twice a year given to full members free.
      • ECHA training: courses for teachers and experts dealing with the highly able leading to the ECHA Diploma “ECHA specialist in Gifted Education”.
      • ECHA Conferences: ECHA organizes biannual, highly successful conferences, where both scientific lectures related to gifted education and high ability and accounts on related school and other practices are given from all around Europe and also from other continents.
      • European Talent Support Network: the 2014 General Assembly of ECHA decided to support the formation of a European Talent Support Network having European Talent Centres as hubs and European Talent Points as nodes. The first European Talent Centres will be accredited in 2015.
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