WORDS FROM THE CHAIRMAN
I am particularly pleased to start this ETSN newsletter with a joyful message. Our network has been registered as an international NGO in the Netherlands. This gives us several new possibilities to push our cause forward. For example, we can now officially apply for funding.
Registration was a lengthy process. The Council had previously explored the conditions in various countries, including Germany, Hungary and Ireland. Many aspects had to be considered. For example, it would have been advantageous to choose an English-speaking country, as we would now have to file tax returns in that country’s language. Another important consideration was that in some countries there were rules that required the Council to have a member of the country. Another exclusion criterion was how often a General Assembly had to be held and how many members had to be present. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to various people for the fact that it has finally worked out.
My first thanks on behalf of the ETSN Council go to Prof. Peter Csermely, President of ECHA. It was he who had the visionary idea of founding an association of institutions committed to the common idea of promoting talent. I would also like to thank Desirée Houkema, Lianne Hoogeveen and Colm O’Reilly for their special commitment to the registration of ETSN and first and foremost Csilla Fuszek for her tireless efforts.
Thank you very much! You have played a decisive role in making ETSN another important step forward.
Another very positive news is that our network is constantly growing. Two more talent centres have joined us since our last newsletter. A warm welcome to the Varazdin Talent Center in Croatia and the Mawhiba Talent Center in Saudi Arabia. I would like to conclude my introductory remarks with a recommendation. The 1st Thematic ECHA Conference will take place between 16 and 18 October 2019 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The conference topic is “Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual, and Educational Perspective” (https://echathematic2019.info/).
Željko Rački, (Chair of the Conference) and I hope to see you all in Dubrovnik!
Albert Ziegler, Chairman ETSN
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