Photo: Pål Hoff

International Symposium: Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Innovation

6 December 2018 – 9:00-17:30

This one-day, international symposium aims to unravel some of the mystery around interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. It builds on the success of the Creativity, Learning, and Technology symposium held in Geneva, December 2017.


Participants are local and international experts working within the field. They will share their knowledge regarding recent developments in this exciting area of research and engage in discussions about future directions.


Hosted by the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE)* in the dynamic ambiance of the new Faculty of Art, Music and Design at UiB, the day will include keynotes, discussion, presentations and debates enabling participants to learn, reflect, and contribute to the development of this important new multidisciplinary research area. 

*SLATE is a multidisciplinary, cross-Faculty Research Centre at the University of Bergen, hosted at the Faculty of Psychology.


Auditorium Knut Knaus

Faculty of Art, Music and Design

University of Bergen (UiB)


Møllendalsveien 61, Bergen, Norway


University of Bergen &

Webster University Geneva



Ingunn Johanne Ness (SLATE, UiB)

Vlad Glaveanu (Webster University Geneva)

Bente Irminger (KMD, UiB)

Reidun Kjome (IGS, UiB)

Susan Johnsen (FA, UiB)

Jorunn Viken (SLATE, UiB)

CONTACT: Ingunn Johanne Ness



Michela Magas

Michela Magas is an innovation catalyst who bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry, with a track record of over 20 years of innovation. She is an advisor to both the European Commission and the G7 Leaders in the area of Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Creative Industries. In 2017 she was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year and in 2016 she was presented with an Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation. Read more.

Mark Runco

Mark Runco is a leading creativity scholar who is active in empirical research and has published cognitive, economic, genetic, historical, developmental, and educational books and articles on the topic. To help people fulfill their capacity for creativity, he has devised a battery of tests that measures creative potential and performance. Read more.


Vlad Glaveanu

Vlad Glăveanu is Associate Professor and Dept. Head of Psychology and Counselling at Webster University Geneva, Ass.Prof. II at UiB, and Director of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). His work, published in over 150 papers, chapters and books, focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges. He received in 2018 the Berlyne Award from the American Psychological Association for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts. Read more.