Programme Amendments

Please note the following Programme Amendments. Please click here.

Conference Registration

The Registration for the conference is now closed.  Due to overwhelming interest in this years conference we cannot accept futher registration applications. 

Social Programme

Our registration for the social programme is now closed.

Educational Visits

You can no longer register for Educational Visits.

Science Tour

We offer a free Science Tour to one of three highly interesting scientific institutions in Muenster! You find more information here.

Our main sponsors 'Bildung & Begabung' are running a series of interviews with the Keynote Speakers.

You will find the third part of the interview series here:

Péter Csermely - Talent Networks


Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent no later than the 31.05.2012.

Those participating in symposia will be sent a link from their symposium co-ordinator. 

For further information or in case of any problems please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Team via e-mail: conference (at) echa2012.info


Cooperation partners and sponsors

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Bildung & Begabung


Robert Bosch Stiftung

Finanzinformatik Münster

Stadt Münster

Deutsche Gesellschaft für das hochbegabte Kind e.V.

Stiftung Bildung zur Förderung Hochbegabter

Richard Pelz und Helga Pelz-Anfelder Stiftung


We would like to thank everyone for the success of the
13th International ECHA Conference "Giftedness Across the Lifespan ",
which took place at the University of Muenster from 12th to 15th September 2012!
In more than 500 presentations- from keynote addresses to poster presentations - resulted in an extensive and varied programme. Speakers presented their research results and reported experiences, new developments and approaches in order to discuss them with interested participants.

The pleasant atmosphere of the Conference, including a social programme and evening activities, led to a stimulating environment, fruitful exchanges among the participants and many new contacts being made.
We would like to thank our major partners, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Bildung & Begabung, the Robert Bosch Foundation and Volkswagen AG. We would also like to thank our other partners: the Stiftung Bildung zur Förderung Hochbegabter, the Finanz Informatik, the City of Muenster, the Richard Pelz and Helga Pelz-Anfelder Foundation for Educational Research and Assistance as well as the ICBF Foundation.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all the participants and speakers for their contributions, their feedback and their active participation in making the conference such a success. As a reminder, we would like to share a video of the Conference here.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Muenster in 2015 for our 5th Bildungskongress!
Christiane Fischer-Ontrup & Anne Vohrmann
Conference Management

Conference Video

The short filmish documentation of the conventions is online right now. Enjoy it right here:


Conference Trailer


Münster: The Green City


Münster is a very special place: Münster is a city known far and wide for its high standard of living. Münster's Aaseepark with it's green areas, hiking and biking trails, modern sculptures as well as restaurants and cafes, was most recently honoured with the "Europe's Most Beautiful Park 2009" award.

Read more: Münster: The Green City



Prof. Dr. David Henry Feldman

Keynote Speech
Date: 13.09.2012
Location: H1
Time: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Title: Out of the Usual Course of Nature: Child Prodigies and Their Domains Read more...


Münster in Words

In Münster, I had the unusual opportunity to encounter a remarkable piece of history and to participate in it.

Henry A. Kissinger, former US Secretary of State



Versatile, dedicated, and courageous - this is the unique cultural mix of Münster. Theatre, music, literature or visual arts - there is plenty to discover after the conference programme.