18th International conference European Council for High Ability (ECHA)

Empowering Every Talent Together.
Creative Ways to Enable Personal Growth.
31 August – 3 September 2022, The Hague

With great pleasure the National Talent Centre of the Netherlands would like to extend you a warm welcome to join our conference in The Hague, as we host the 18th Conference of the European Council for High Ability.


The field of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Netherlands is fully alive. The efforts of the earlier, internationally well-known Dutch pioneers who were advocating for the needs of highly able children since the late 80s, has by now led to a large community of individuals and organisations working in this inspirational field. Awareness of the importance of stimulating talent development, nurturing creativity and creating opportunities for optimal developmental growth continues to grow through the efforts of many working in the field of giftedness at local, regional and (inter)national levels.

NTCN is one of the European Talent Centres of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). The NTCN is the Dutch Centre of Expertise in Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Development. Our mission is to contribute to the optimal development of gifted and talented children, adolescents, and adults in the Netherlands. We bridge the gaps between practitioners, policy makers and researchers. We actively search for ways to collaborate with other (inter)national organisations who are active in the field of giftedness and talent development. We connect initiatives and organisations who can strengthen each other in reaching their (shared) goals.

We are eager to share our experiences and insights, and to continue to learn from other countries as well. Our purpose is to contribute to building a strong international community, where acknowledging diversity is the new ‘normal’ and everyone can make a meaningful contribution to society in a way that matches their potential and personal needs.


Prof.dr. A.E.M.G. (Alexander) Minnaert

We proudly announce the first keynote speaker at ECHA 2022! It is Alexander Minnaert, professor University of Groningen with a focus on learning and development, inclusion and special needs education, motivations and emotion, giftedness, and clinical educational research methodology.


The contribution of Minnaert will focus on the identification of twice-exceptional students, namely students that are blessed with a gift and a psycho-educational challenge, and on the cognitive and non-cognitive support of these students in the context of equitable quality education.

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Reasons to attend

  • An inspirational and meaningful conference theme
  • Diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of every learner
  • Engaging every learner and allowing them to shine and thrive
  • Using innovative technology and other enriching resources for learning
  • Stimulating personal growth from a whole-person perspective
  • Active questioning if existing models and practices still meet current needs