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Keynote Speakers

1. Topic:  Creativity in Large-Scale Contexts


Creativity happens in large-scale contexts. There are millions of elements and millions of possibilities. The challenge of creativity is knowing which are the right options and combinations to try.  The key to creativity in large-scale contexts is guidance.  Context is organized in a hierarchical manner – there are broader more abstract concepts & topics and under them specific elements.  Guidance works by developing intuition at the higher levels.  Guiding conceptions imagine great topics to combine, themes to explore, lofty goals.  Such guiding conceptions when based on sound intuition spawn seed pools of high potential creative projects.  A second kind of guidance, guiding principles, helps us identify the critical ``missing piece’’ to transform a seed into a full successful creative outcome. In my talk I describe this model and provide examples, including Jack Dorsey cofounder of Twitter, biochemist Hans Krebs, Virginia Woolf, and Steve Jobs.  Implications for education and supporting creativity are discussed.  Creativity in Large-Scale Contexts is under contract with Stanford University Press and due to be published in 2023.

Keynote Speaker : Jonathan Feinstein-Yale University-USA 

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

  • BA, Stanford University, 1982

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2.Educating for Discretion and thus Creativity that is Socially Appropriate

Abstract = The research on creativity continues to grow at a rapid pace, and the implications for education are numerous. Some of these involve the classroom setting, and others the curriculum or the teacher.  At least as important, some implications suggest what should be done, while others suggest what to avoid.  There are a few suggestions that apply across all age groups, but others that apply only to one particular age. This presentation will explore several of the more important suggestions. It will touch on some of the misunderstandings about creativity–what are often called “myths”–and tie all suggestions to empirical research on creativity. Some specific topics include appropriately reinforcing original thinking while also ensuring that students develop the discretion so they balance creative thinking with conventional behavior.  


Keynote Speaker : Prof.Dr. Mark A. Runco- Southern Oregeon University /  USA 

SOU Director of Creativity Research & Programming

Mark Runco earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Claremont Graduate School in California and has studied creativity ever since. He is currently the Director of Creativity Research and Programming at Southern Oregon University. He began his teaching career as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. He then taught at Cal State Fullerton for 22 years. He was also an adjunct professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration for nearly 15 years and currently lectures regularly at Universidad de Cantabria in Spain and Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. He was a distinguished consulting faculty member at the Saybrook Graduate University in San Francisco. He has also held adjunct positions at Buffalo State University and remains Distinguished Research Fellow of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. For more info please click 


3. Topic = Creativity is Plural as well as Singular – Using the Power of Collective Intelligence

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr David RAE - De Mondfort University -ENGLAND


Professor David Rae is Professor of Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Innovation at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.

He is an innovator and researcher in entrepreneurial learning, leadership, and management who has held senior academic roles at six universities since 1996. He won the European Entrepreneurship Education Award in 2020. He has gained professional and academic recognition for his contributions to entrepreneurship research, education, policy and regional development, with international keynote presentations and connections, in Europe, North America, and South Asia.

His research interests include:

   •         Entrepreneurial Leadership

  •        Creative thinking and innovation

  •        Intercultural, minorities and sustainable entrepreneurship

   •         Entrepreneurial Learning and entrepreneurship education

  •        Entrepreneurial Collective Intelligence 

  •        Regional enterprise, intelligence & economic development


4. Topic = Creativity and the Hidden Curriculum - building a positive environment for student and teacher empowerment 

Keynote Speaker : Prof.Dr. Malcolm Hoare 

Prof. Malcolm  Hoare is Visiting Professor of Enterprise Education at the Centre for Enterprise and Education at De Montfort University. Malcolm taught in secondary schools for 23 years before moving into Higher Education , first at Durham University Business School and then at the Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Derby and Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. Malcolm has served as an adviser to Government departments in the UK , the European Commission and to OECD. He was also a member of Lord Young’s Number 10 Downing Street Review of Enterprise Education in schools and colleges. His current research focuses on developments in European enterprise education policy over the past two decades and supporting new technology start-ups.

5.Topic = Creativity in Online Enviroments 

Keynote Speaker:   Prof.Dr. Michele BIASUTTI- Padova University- ITALY 

Michele Biasutti began to teach during 1989-90 academic year. At Padova University he teaches at the Faculty of Psychology (Degree for Psychological Sciences of development and education), at the Faculty of Education and at the Specialization School for Teacher Training of Secondary School (SISS of Veneto). He also teaches in first level Masters and second level Masters (Environmental Education) with the class Environmental Education and curriculum planning.

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6. Topic = Creativity and Critical Thinking: Conceptions and Dynamics ? 

Global Organisations point to Creativity (C) and Critical Thinking (CT) as current crucial competencies that will be increasingly demanded in the 21st century, hence requiring a core shift in educational policy (Schleicher, 2018). Creativity appears, as a multifaceted and complex phenomenon, from which we try to give a comprehensive description. As to Critical Thinking, which is not unproblematic either, we describe briefly its emergence and refinement that settled in the ability to think rationally and reflexively in order to decide what to believe or do, by administering intellectual standards to the contents of thinking processes. Meanwhile, alternative conceptions have distanced themselves from such rationalistic approach of fixed tasks and goals. Namely, referring to methodological skepticism; activist engagement with knowledge; and the exercise of self-reflexivity. We finish with an attempt to show how the various understandings of C and CT could imply a dynamics of complementarity in(ter)dependence.

Keynote Speaker : Prof.Dr. Carlos Sousa de REIS -Coimbra University / PORTUGAL

He was born at OPorto, Paranhos, 1960.11.15. He is studying at University of Coimbra Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences.

Academic and professional degrees 2008: Doctorate (PhD) in Education Sciences, specialty of Philosophy of Education, by Coimbra University. Thesis title: Education and media culture: Analysis of un-educative practices Directors: João José S.M.Boavida, António Simões; Committee: Angel Garcia del Dujo, Manuel Pinto, Maria das Dores Formosinho, Manuel Alte da Veiga, João Boavida, António Simões, Ana Paula Relvas Classification: Praise and Distinction 1998-1996: Attendance of the curricular part of the Doctoral Programme in “Comunicación y Pluralismo”, Salamanca Pontifical University; seventeen subjects: 31 ECTS; Click for more infos please click here 

6. Keynote Speaker : Assoc. Prof.Dr. Mirzana PASİC KODRIC- BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Academician & Author 

Topic: How can we manage  creative writings ?  


Prof. Dr. Mirzana Pašić Kodrić is an Associate Professor of Literature and Head of the Department of Preschool Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Sarajevo, as well as a contemporary Bosnian writer and member of the Writers' Association of BiH and other literary organizations in BiH and abroad. She has published co-authored scientific books „Ethical Criticism and Literature for Children“ (2020), „The Book on Nasiha“ (2022) and a number of scientific and professional papers, as well as several independent books in the field of creative writing which some of them have been translated into several world languages. She has won numerous international awards for her creative writing work.



7. Keynote Title: Genetics an Culture: Keys to Fostering Creativity
He's Bachelor’s in Biology, Advanced Studies Diploma in Paleoanthropology (Human Evolution), and Ph.D. In Pedagogy. Currently, he's an Associate Professor at the University of Granada (Department of Didactics and School Organization). Vice-Dean of Innovation, Transfer, and Quality Management in the Faculty of Education Sciences of the UGR between 2012 and 2015. Advisor for the Department of Education -Autonomous Government of  Andalucía- between 1998 and 2004. Through the firm labOSfor Innovation and Development, a spin-off of the UGR (Founding partner) and the CONSILIENCE Institute (President), he has been obtained 9 international contracts in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with funding by ERDF, EuropeAid, IDB, or IBRD. He has been published articles in journals such as EPAA, PlosOne, or Profesorado (JCR / SJR / SCOPUS), carried out teaching and research stays at institutions such as the University of Lisbon, Universidade Portucalense, Porto; ENU International University, Astana; Iberoamericana, Mexico City; SISU University, Shanghai; or governmental institutions such as the Académie Nancy-Metz, and the Académie de Dijon, France; or Chelmsford County Council, UK. He's a member of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe -ATEE- and the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology (SESBE), coordinating the international network ENTENP -Entrepreneurship Education- and belonging to the INLEPS global network for Language Policy Studies. Since 2011 and 2021, he was the founder and director of the SEJ059 Research Group, ProfesioLab. Since 2021 he's been founder and director of the SEJ658 Research Group CHTI, Laboratory for Cognition, Health, Training and Interaction among Humans, Animals and Machines. He was awarded by European Commission with the European Seal Award for Language Teaching in 1998.

Keynote Speaker  = Prof.Dr. Jose Gijon PUERTA -Granada University- SPAIN 

8.  Keynote Speaker :  Dr. Felix Angel Popescu  - Agora University of Oradea /ROMANIA

Felix-Angel Popescu holds a Ph.D. Degree in Economics and besides his assistant position at Agora University of Oradea, he is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics at University of Oradea. He is the president of the International Relations Senate Commission at Agora University of Oradea and he is director of the International Relations Department. In the professional sector, he has achieved several trainings related to project management and impact evaluation of European funds, and he managed to further share his knowledge by becoming a certified trainer at the National Institute of Administration, in Bucharest, Romania. During his professional preparation for the professorship stage, he has been teaching Entrepreneurial Education for high-school pupils in Oradea, Romania. His bachelor and master studies are in the fields International Relations and European Studies, Regional Development, Business Administration.

Topic = Pandemic and Effect on Education Systems:  The current pandemic has brought significant disruptions to education around the globe. Romania has not remained unaffected, being forced to continually adapt its education-related policies and practices in reaction to the fluctuating numbers of virus infections. In this keynote intervention, Dr. Dan Petrica will provide an overview of the main transformations suffered by the educational process in Romania in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the main talking points will focus on the fast-paced shift from classical to online (and hybrid) education, underlying the core challenges faced by stakeholders - including the lack of infrastructure, devices and know-how. The overarching psychological repercussions of the said pandemic on Romania’s students and teachers will also be delved into.


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