We are excited to welcome you to the next Summit of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network in Dublin, Ireland! 

The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network was established after the first European Youth Summit, organized in the frame of the 15th International ECHA Conference in Vienna in March 2016. The Youth Platform aims to allow a more continuous cooperation of talented young people to:

– Discuss the development of gifted education in the countries of the Network from the youth perspective;
– Organize further European Youth Summits;
– Organize webinars, and other web-based seminars or interactive discussions;
– Create a more dynamic collaboration between talented young people of the Network supporting joint projects of talented young people.

Every member should be at least 14 years old and younger than 30.
This community is specially created for gifted and talented students
The students shall use English effectively (taking part in conversations, writing and understanding written texts, etc).
Youth Platform members must be interested in participating and promoting of the transnational cooperation of talented young people and to spend a bit of their free time with this subject.

The Summit next August will coincide with the 16th Conference of the European Council of Higher Ability, hosted by the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland. Participants will take part in workshops, seminars and attend parts of the ECHA Conference. Participants will be in charge of finding their own funding, this can be done through specific European Talent Centres, European Talent Points, Associated European Talent Centres, Associated European Talent Points, or paid for privately. Participants will be sent a link when payment is due, this will not be until the new year and the link can be sent to the appropriate Talent Centre or Talent Point for payment, or payment can be made directly. Participants will also be in charge of booking their own flights. Any participant under the age of 18 must have an accompanying chaperone. One chaperone can take charge of a group of participants if necessary. We will have our own staff on site as well.


To learn more about the Youth Platform and the work they do, they have created this video.











Professor Karine Vershueren

Karine Verschueren is full professor and head of the research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1996 she obtained her PhD in the domain of developmental psychology. In 2000 she was appointed as professor in school psychology. She investigates the psychosocial and academic development of children and adolescents in schools (e.g., self-esteem, academic engagement), and the risk and protective factors for this development. Specifically, she focuses on the role of teacher-student and peer interactions as contexts for child and adolescent development. She investigates these processes not only in general student populations, but more recently also among highly able students. Her teaching involves developmental and school psychology, including school psychological assessment.


Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Françoys Gagné is from Montreal, Quebec, born October 6, 1940. After skipping three grades, he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy (Psychology) in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1966, both from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career (1978-2001) in the Department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching (1967-1977), he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education, he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions. Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr. Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities.


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Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.


Professor Anne Looney

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year. A former teacher, she completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Education in University College London. In 2014/2015 she was Professorial Research Fellow at the Learning Science Institute Australia, based at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Her current research interests include assessment policy and practice, curriculum, teacher identity and professional standards for teachers and teaching. She has also published on religious, moral and civic education, and education policy. She has conducted reviews for the OECD on school quality and assessment systems. She is a member of the boards of Early Childhood Ireland, and the Ark Cultural Centre for Children.