16th Conference of the European Council for High Ability

Working with Gifted Students in the 21st Century

8th – 11th August 2018 | Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland


Dear colleagues

We will be delighted to welcome you to Dublin in August 2018 for the 16th Conference of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). Dublin is the home of CTY Ireland which is one of the largest gifted programmes for high ability students in Europe. CTY Ireland has served over 60,000 students since its inception and is currently an accredited European Talent Centre. CTY Ireland will be 25 years old in 2018 and we would like to invite you to Dublin for this conference to join our celebrations.

Too often gifted students can be neglected within the education system and we need to showcase examples of good research and best practice in the field to highlight the importance of gifted education. This conference promises to be a fantastic four days with some of the leaders in the field coming to share their ideas with other practitioners and researchers in the area. The central  theme of the conference is ‘Working with Gifted Students in the 21st Century’ which is very timely in this new digital and technological age. Yet, despite these advances the same issues still remain including the identification of gifted students from socio-economically disadvantaged communities, the social and emotional development of gifted students and finding appropriate challenges for high ability students. All of these themes and many more will be discussed in Dublin in 2018.

Dublin is a very friendly city and we have an expression in Ireland where we wish you céad míle fáilte which means a hundred thousand welcomes so we will hopefully be able to welcome you here in 2018.


Colm O’Reilly
Director CTY Ireland, Dublin City University

Reasons to Attend

An exciting and dynamic conference theme & strands

  • Identification of students from underrepresented communities.
  • Design of challenging programs to allow gifted students to thrive
  • Best uses of appropriate technology
  • Social and Emotional wellbeing of gifted students
  • Evaluation of existing models to ensure they are still functioning in modern society

Unique conference location

One of the top five friendliest cities in the world

Easy destination to get to, with easy access to the city centre

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts/Papers – June 2017

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts/Papers – February 2018

Notification of acceptance of Abstracts – 23rd March 2018

Registration opens – 3rd July 2017

Deadline for early registrations – 31st May 2018

Deadline for regular registrations – 27th July 2018

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