The Network Council

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 Advisor for Talented and Gifted Education and for Academic Integrity of
the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation, Psychico College in Athens, Greece. The
H.A.E.F. is a preK-12 non-profit educational organization encompassing 7 schools (two of them
being ETSN Talent Points) and 5,000 students. Antonios was the Founding Director of the Center
for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College. He managed and lead CTY Greece to become a
national leader in the field of High Ability Education, a European Talent Centre in 2016 and a
member of EGIFT Erasmus+ consortium. Antonios is a contributor in the recent book “Providing
for the Special Needs of Students with Gifts & Talents” and a member of the Advisory Board of
the Center for Talented Youth Ireland. He teaches Physics and Mathematics and has received
scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation, from the U.S. National Science Foundation and from
CERN and research and teaching awards from the American Physical Society, from the
University of Chicago and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Csilla Fuszek (HU, Secretary/Coordinator)


Csilla Fuszek worked for over 15 years as a teacher in secondary and higher education. Since
2000 she has been focused and become specialized in the field of gifted and talented education.
Between 2001-2011 she was managing director of several nationwide talent development
programs. Meanwhile she also worked as a lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University between 2008-
2017. Since 2009 she has been working for the Association of Hungarian Talent Support
Organizations. From 2012 she is the founding director of the Budapest European Talent Centre
( 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, later she was elected to be a
member of the first Network Council.

Mojca Jurisevic (SL)


Mojca Juriševič, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Faculty of Education of
the University of Ljubljana. She is the Head of the faculty’s Centre for Research and Promotion of
Giftedness (CRSN), which was one of the first 14 European Talent Centres forming ETSN in
2015. Mojca Juriševič is the author of a chapter on gifted education in the White Paper on
Education in the Republic of Slovenia (2011), book Gifted students in the Slovenian school (2012)
and many other publications in Slovenian and international context. In 2014, she chaired the 14th
International ECHA Conference in Ljubljana. Currently, she leads a national project on evaluation
in gifted education and the Slovenian standardization of EPoC test, measurement of creative
potential in children. Besides, she serves as a national coordinator of Erasmus+ Founded Project
EGIFT led by CTY Ireland on European gifted education training, and as a national delegate of
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 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.