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International Symposium: Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Innovation

Keynote speakers

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.


She is the founder of Music Tech Fest, a global community platform of over 7000 creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform provides a test case for innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, forestry and microcomputing, and has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London and most recently at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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Mark Runco

Mark  Runco earned his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. His research has focused on creativity since that time.  He has published approximately 300 articles, chapters, and books on creativity.  Dr. Runco was the first  E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creativity at the University of Georgia from 2008 to 2015 and Director of the Torrance Creativity Center from 2008 to 2010. He remains Distinguished Fellow at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (La Jolla, CA).  In addition to his books and research articles, Dr. Runco developed a comprehensive battery of tests for the assessment of creativity, known as the “rCAB” (described at The rCAB is being used around the world to estimate the creative potentials of all age groups. In the past five years Dr. Runco has consulted with Lego, Lumosity, Red Bull, Disney, Destination Imagination, Turner Broadcasting, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and elsewhere.  


Dr. Runco is Founding Editor of the Creativity Research Journal, which has been published since 1989,  and in 2015 he founded two new journals (Business Creativity and the Creative Economy, and the Journal of Genius and Eminence). He is on the Editorial Board of various other creativity research journals (e.g., Journal of Creative Behavior, Creativity and Innovation Management, Psychology of Art, Creativity, and Aesthetics).  Dr. Runco is also Past President of Division 10 (Psychology of Art, Creativity, and Aesthetics) of the American Psychological Association and recipient of several awards through the years, including Young Scholar and, later, Lifetime Achievement Award , both from from the National Association for Gifted Children.  Dr. Runco  co-edited two editions of the Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999, 2011). Probably for this reason he has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek (cover story), US News and World Report, Oprah, Women’s Health, Psychology Today, The New York Times,  and National Public Radio.  His textbook, Creativity:  Research, development, and practice  (Academic Press) has been translated into 10 languages.  Third editions of both the Encyclopedia of Creativity and the Creativity textbook are under contract. 

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Vlad Glaveanu

Vlad Glăveanu is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling at Webster University Geneva, Associate Professor II at Bergen University, Norway, and Director of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). He received his PhD from the London School of Economics, UK. His work, published in over 150 papers, chapters and books,  focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges.


He recently edited the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research (2016) and co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (2017) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity across Domains (2017). His other books include: Thinking through creativity and culture (Transaction, 2014), Distributed creativity (Springer, 2014), Rethinking creativity (Routledge, 2015, co-edited) and Creativity: A new vocabulary (Palgrave, 2016, co-edited). He is editor of Europe’s Journal of Psychology (EJOP), an open access peer reviewed journal published by PsychOpen (Germany), and co-editor of an the upcoming journal, Creativity, Innovation and Social Change (CISC), to be launched by Springer Publishing.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. 

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