Due to the expansion of the ETSN it became necessary to elect a Network Council in order to represent and coordinate the affairs of the Network the most effective way. The Network Council election process took place between 15 September and 24 October in 2016. Antonios Apostolou, Csilla Fuszek, Mojca Jurisevic, Colm O’Reilly and Albert Ziegler were elected as members of the first Network Council by 76% of the votes or more. Their mandate is until 31 December 2018. Armin Fabian, the representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network is an invited member of the Council meetings. They will help the cooperation of the European Talent Support Network including the initiation of several joint actions. There short CV can be found below.
The new council officers of the European Talent Support Network:
Chairman: Albert Ziegler (Germany)
Secretary: Csilla Fuszek (Hungary)
Treasurer: Colm O’Reilly (Ireland)
Antonios Apostolou (GR)
Antonios Apostolou is the Director of the Centre for Talented Youth Greece in Pylaia – Thessaloniki, Greece. His Centre became a European Talent Centre in 2016. The aim of the Centre is to discover and educate pre-college students aged between 5 and 18 who possess special talents or skills, who stand out with their performance in and out of school or who share a common passion for learning and education above and beyond the confines of the school curriculum. The Centre welcomes all such students and will offer them support and advice, a summer school at the college campus in Thessaloniki, Greece weekend programs/courses in Thessaloniki and elsewhere, as well as online courses.
Csilla Fuszek (HU, Secretary/Coordinator)
Csilla Fuszek 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. 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 (www.talentcentrebudapest.eu). Her Centre became one of the first 14 European Talent Centres in 2015. She organized 3 major European talent support conferences in 2006, 2011 and 2014. Csilla Fuszek was elected as the Secretary of the ECHA Qualification (formerly: Accreditation) Committee at the first meeting of the Committee. She was elected as the interim coordinator of the European Talent Support Network on September 29th 2015.
Mojca Jurisevic (SL)
Mojca Juriševič PhD is an associate professor of educational psychology at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana. She is the head of the Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness and a member of the National Group of Experts in Gifted Education in Slovenia. Her Centre became one of the first 14 European Talent Centres in 2015. She is the author of a chapter on gifted education in the White Paper on Education in the Republic of Slovenia (2011). She is member of the European Council fro High Ability (ECHA) and a national delegate to the World Council of Gifted and Talented Children (WGTC).
Colm O’Reilly (IE, Treasurer)
Colm O’Reilly is the Director of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth of the Dublin City University since 2004. He started his work as an academic coordinator in the same Centre in 1998. The Centre 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, has a budget over 2 million EUR/year, and it became a European Talent Centre in 2015. Colm has worked in the area of gifted and talented education for the last 19 years, has presented papers at numerous conferences and has published in many gifted education 1 In alphabetical order. 2 journals. He published the first commissioned report on teachers attitudes to gifted students in Ireland, a book ‘Gifted research in Ireland and the United States’ with cooperation from the Center for Gifted Education in College of William and Mary and is about to publish a research themed collaborative book called ‘Provisions for Gifted Students’. He designed over 200 courses for gifted children in numerous academic fields, and developed a programme for gifted disadvantaged students at Dublin City University that has won numerous national and international rewards. Colm is actively participating in the work of ECHA as a member of the ECHA Accreditation Committee, as the coordinator of an Erasmus+ grant application of the European Talent Support Network, and – last but not least – as the organizer of the 2018 ECHA Conference. He became the Secretary of ECHA in March 2016.
Albert Ziegler (DE, President)
Albert Ziegler, PhD, is Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is the Founding Director of the State-wide Counselling and Research Centre for the Gifted. He has published approx. 300 books, chapters and articles in the fields of talent development, excellence, educational psychology and cognitive psychology. He serves as the Secretary-General of IRATDE. In cooperation with numerous ECHA members, Albert Ziegler has initiated and brought to fruition several projects aimed at advancing European gifted education in light of research findings. For example, the transnational project HOT-M aims at preventing underachievement among gifted children with a migration background. Together with Prof. Heidrun Stoeger, he is co-founder and head of CyberMentor, an online mentoring program for gifted girls, which will now be gradually opened up to girls and boys in various European countries. Albert Ziegler was the Editor-in-Chief of High Ability Studies, ECHA’s scholarly journal between 2002 and 2007, and he works in the same position since 2015. He became an Honorary Member of ECHA in 2013. He was elected as vice-president of ECHA in March 2016. Together with Prof. Heidrun Stöger he will coordinate the Horizon2020 application of several member organizations of the European Talent Support Network “Education and skills: empowering Europe’s young innovators”.