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UGA to host inaugural International Creativity Collaborative

Dozens of scholars, researchers and innovators from around the world will forge new connections and discover new applications for their work at UGA’s first International Creativity Collaborative Oct.16-18 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Organized around the theme “Creativity and Innovation in an Interdisciplinary and Multicultural World,” the conference is designed to help interested faculty, students and practitioners in the education field develop new global networks and innovative opportunities, according to Sarah Sumners, interim director of the College of Education’s Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. Organizers plan to hold the conference annually.

Scholars Dean Keith Simonton, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis, and Mark Runco, a professor of gifted and creative education in the educational psychology department in the UGA College of Education, will be keynote speakers.

Runco will speak on “Supporting Creativity to Support Innovation” Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. Simonton will speak on “Diversifying Experiences and Creative Development: Historiometric, Psychometric and Experimental Findings” in a dinner address Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

Other creativity scholars including Bonnie Cramond, Todd Lubart, Kathy Goff and Ivete Azevedo will present results from their research and applied programs. Other conference presenters hail from the Creative Oklahoma Torrance Center, the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, the Marconi Institute for Creativity, the Torrance Center Portugal, the International Center for Studies in Creativity, the Washington International Center for Creativity and the Idea Marathon Center in Tokyo.

The ICC is a state-of-the-art conference sponsored by the UGA Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the College of Education’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Education and Human Development and the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development.