Talent, giftedness and soft skills
31 August – 3 September 2022, The Hague

For the 4th time (Vienna, Dublin, Porto and the Hague), the ETSN Youth Summit will be held in parallel with the biannual ECHA Conference. This year, the 6th Youth Summit will take place from 31 August – 3 September in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Youth Summit will be organised in collaboration with the European Talent Support Network (ETSN) and the ETSN Youth Platform.


The ETSN consists of 26 (Associated) European Talent Centres and more than 450 (Associated) European Talent Points. Each Talent Centre can delegate (on average) 2-5 students (or youngsters/young adults who don’t study anymore) in the age range of 14-30 years old (for students younger than 18 years a chaperone is needed).

During the ETSN Youth Summit participants will get the change to exchange ideas and experiences with a culturally diverse group of participants from countries all over the world. The topics are related to the summit’s main topic: talent, giftedness or soft skills, and will be of personal relevance for the participating youngsters and young adults. This will include for example interactive workshops (i.e. short projects or challenges in which they work together to solve problems) or lectures about self awareness, emotional support and personal growth. Participants can also present something in connection with their own country (“lightning talks”) and participate in cultural events. Additionaly, the participants are invited to join the opening ceremony on 31 August and the plenary sessions with international keynotes during the ECHA2022 Conference. During the closing ceremony some participants will share their Youth Summit experiences with the ECHA2022 Conference participants.


Deadline: 18 July 2022

Youngsters and young adults who enjoy and are interested in the topics mentioned above can apply by sending a motivation letter to the (Associated) European Talent Centre of their country. If your country does not have a Talent Centre, please send your motivation letter to Your motivation letter should be sent no later than 18 July 2022. If you do not apply through a Talent Centre, you should be above 18.


Please see below for the list of (Associated) European Talent Centres.


The Talent Centres choose who will be delegated and will send the delegates a recommendation letter and  registration instructions including a link to the online registration by 1 August 2022. The recommendation letter should be uploaded by the participant when they register. Registrations needs to be submitted by 15 August 2022.


Before applying check with your Talent Centre whether there are still available places, because some Talent Centres already initiated or even finished their selection of delegates. If that is the case in your country, please send your motivation letter to If your application is approved, you will receive information on how you can register and pay for the Youth Summit yourself. If you do not apply through a Talent Centre, you should be above 18.


If you don’t have the contact information of the Talent Centre representative of your country (or another contact person for the ETSN Youth Summit), please send an email to the conference secretariat to get the contact information of the Talent Centre representative of your country.


Deadline: 15 August 2022

The costs for the Youth Summit are 95 euros per person for the whole program including lunches on 1 and 2 September.

Traveling expenses and hotel stay are not included.

Depending on the possibilities of a Talent Centre the registration fee and/or travel and lodging expenses may be (partly) paid by the Talent Centre of a given country, by the student, or the parents/caregivers. You will be informed about the applicable financial arrangements by the Talent Centre of your country.

(Associated) European Talent Centres

AustriaVienna TIBI – Thomasianum, Institut für Begabungsentwicklung und
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AustriaSalzburgÖZBF - Österreichische Zentrum für Begabtenförderung und
BelgiumLeuvenTalent Centre for Flanders - Expertisecentrum TALENT
CroatiaVarasdinCIVZ - Centres of Excellence of the Varazdin
Czech RepublicPragueTalent Centre of National Institute for Further
DenmarkBrønshøjATU – Akademiet for Talentfulde Unge
GermanyMünsterICBF - International Centre for the Study of
GermanyNürenberg / RegensburgSGTC – South German Talent
GreeceThessalonikiCTY – Centre for Talented Youth Greece
HungaryBudapestEUTC - European Talent Centre
IrelandDublinCTY – Centre for Talented Youth Ireland
ItalyGenoaIAGTS - Italian Association for Gifted and Talented
LithuaniaKaunasNSA - National Student
NetherlandsNijmegenNTCN - National Talent Centre of the Netherlands
PeruLimaMente Futura Foundation
PortugalPortoANEIS - Associação Nacional para o Estudo e Intervenção na Sobredotaçã
Saudi ArabiaRiyadhMawhiba
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SloveniaLjubljanaCRSN - Centre for Research and Promotion of
SpainTenerifeGroup of Research and Work on
SpainValladolidHuerta del Rey
SwitzerlandLiestalFHNW – IBBF - Integrative Begabungs- und Begabtenfö
TurkeyEkisehirÜyep - Centre for Research and Practice on Gifted Education
United Arab EmiratesDubaiHamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Giftedness and