Creativity Week 2020: Serendipity in the Creative Process

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DUE TO THE CURRENT PANDEMIC THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED FOR 7-11 JUNE 2021. MOST OF THE PROGRAM WILL REMAIN THE SAME. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR IN JUNE. STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY.

After the success of the first two editions of Creativity Week, this year’s event will take place between 8th and 12th of June at Webster University Geneva, LLC Commons Room.

Jointly organised by the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI) and the Serendipity Society, this Week’s overarching theme will be creativity with a focus on luck, accident, chance and the prepared mind. 

The confirmed keynotes and invited speakers so far are Ron Beghetto (Arizona State University, USA), Samantha Copeland (TU Delft, the Netherlands), Bem de Hunte (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), Alan Lawson (independent artist), Margherita Sprio (University Of Westminster, UK), Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau (Kingston University, UK) and Baptiste Barbot (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium).

The Creativity Week will include a conference in the morning, workshops in the afternoon, panel discussions and keynotes early evening. This year’s event will showcase creativity, innovation and serendipity in six main areas – psychology, education, business, art, media, and society – each one with a dedicated day within the week. The event will end, on Friday 12th of June, with a visit to the Musée Historique de Lausanne for the exhibition ‘Losanna, Svizzera – 150 ans d’immigration italienne à Lausanne‘. More details about the program will be published here shortly.

We are now inviting abstracts for oral presentations of empirical data or discussions of theoretical import in any area of creativity and innovation (the emphasis on serendipity, chance and luck is welcomed but not mandatory). Owing to the large number of abstracts received yearly, we will also be operating a display of posters which will run across the week.  All submissions considered by the conference committee for oral presentation, poster presentation or both. 

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words with your name and affiliation to wcci@webster.ch. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for an individual presentation, poster or both. 

The deadline for abstracts is the 13th of March and will inform you of our decision by the 15th of March. If you require an earlier indication, please let us know in your submission.

Organising committee for the Creativity Week: Vlad Glaveanu, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland; Wendy Ross, Kingston University, UK; Dominique Jolly, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland; Francesco Arese Visconti, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland; Julianna Sandholm-Bark, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland; Oreste Foppiani, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland.

Organising committee for the conference: Wendy Ross, Kingston University, UK; Vlad Glaveanu, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland; Samantha Copeland, TU Delft, the Netherlands.