MIC Conference 2021: Call for Papers!

In the year that marks the 10th anniversary of foundation of the Marconi Institute for Creativity, we are very pleased to invite you to submit your contributions to the MIC Conference 2021, jointly organized by the Marconi Institute for Creativity (MIC) and the International Society for the Study of Creativity and Innovation (ISSCI).

The MIC Conference 2021 program is designed to bring together multidisciplinary researchers, scientists, educators from all over the world to present their views, results, open issues about all aspects related to the science of Creativity and Innovation.

A mixed modality is foreseen for attendance: the MIC Conference 2021 will take place physically in the historic Villa Griffone (Sasso Marconi, Italy), the site where the radio was invented in 1895 by Guglielmo Marconi; in addition, due to the international sanitary emergency, the Conference will also be held on a virtual platform.

The general theme of the 5th MIC Conference 2021 is Creativity: Observation, Assessment, Estimation: a topic that calls for innovative views and results concerning approaches and methods to recognize and detect the complexity of the creativity phenomenology.

Contributors are welcome concerning all facets of human creativity and innovation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following thematic areas:

-Creativity and Innovation in Psychology and Education

-Creativity and Innovation in Neuroscience

-Creativity and Innovation in Design and Engineering

-Creativity and Innovation in Economics and Social Sciences

The Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity (SfNC) will organize a special event on Neurocognitive Observation and Assessment of  Creativity. This event will be available to all registered attendees at the MIC Conference 2021.

More information on the submission modalities at the conference website: https://www.mic-conference.org



Il Presidente Bonaccini in visita al Museo Marconi

Oggi, lunedi 1 febbraio, proprio nel giorno della riapertura dei musei nelle zone gialle, il Museo Marconi ha accolto in visita il Presidente della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Stefano Bonaccini. Questa la bella testimonianza lasciata dal Presidente Bonaccini sul registro dei visitatori:

Questo sarà l’anno della rinascita, dopo il tragico 2020 che ci ha consegnato la pandemia. E sarà l’anno in cui progetteremo insieme il 150° anniversario del 2024. Occasione unica per celebrare degnamente chi, come Marconi, ha aperto la porta del futuro

Nella foto, da sinistra: il Sindaco di Sasso Marconi, Roberto Parmeggiani, il Presidente della Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, il Presidente della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Stefano Bonaccini, davanti alla riproduzione del primo trasmettitore realizzato da Guglielmo Marconi nel 1895.


A new study is out on Nature & Science of Sleep! Creativity in Narcolepsy Type 1

Creativity in Narcolepsy Type 1: The Role of Dissociated REM Sleep Manifestations

Purpose: A higher creative potential has been reported in narcoleptic patients and linked to lucid dreaming. The aim of the present study was to explore the role of narcolepsy symptoms (presence and severity) in predicting creativity.
Patients and Methods: Sixty-six consecutive type 1 narcolepsy patients (mean age 38.62 ± 17.05, 31 females) took part in this study. Creative achievement in different life domains and creative beliefs were assessed by a self-reported questionnaire and a scale measuring the creative self, respectively; creative performance was measured through a divergent thinking test (generation of alternative original solutions to an open problem).
Results: We found a key effect of hypnagogic hallucinations in modulating creative behaviour. We therefore tested at first whether hypnagogic hallucinations could interact with specific mental states associated with creativity and in particular mind wandering, a factor associated with both creative performance and achievement. Secondly, we verified if hypnagogic hallucinations could influence the definition of creative identity in type 1 narcolepsy patients, which in turn could predict their creative achievement and creative performance. Results showed that spontaneous mind wandering influenced creative achievement through a moderation effect of sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations. Moreover, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations indirectly influenced, through creative identity, both creative achievement and performance (fluency score).
Conclusion: Our results highlight the role of hypnagogic hallucinations in triggering the process of mind wandering which leads to greater creative success. In addition, this symptom affects creative identity in narcolepsy, leading in turn to higher creative success and creative potential of narcoleptic patients.

Download the paper at: https://www.dovepress.com/creativity-in-narcolepsy-type-1-the-role-of-dissociated-rem-sleep-mani-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-NSS#


UPTIME: The Private 5G & LTE World Community Conference

From Marconi to Private 5G – Celebrating the 125th year since Marconi’s invention of wireless telecommunications, join Professor Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, President of the Marconi Foundation, at UPTIME – The Private 5G & LTE World Community Conference, on 27th January 2021 from 8 am Rome/ 7 am London and 2 am New York.

Prof Corazza will speak at 9.15 am Rome (3.15 am New York) and at Rome and 3.30 pm Rome (9.30 am New York).

Free webstream at https://bit.ly/2GKPVGe


Giovanni Emanuele Corazza on Eunoia: Beautiful Thinker

Read (and hear) the interview by Carolyn Hadlock to Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, founder of the Marconi Institute for Creativity, on the necessity and dangers of expertise, balancing creative ideas with business principles, and how even non-human organisms and non-living things can be creative.



The man in the techno-science era – Presentation of the book by Bellini and Agazzi – Online event (in Italian)

Siamo lieti di invitarvi all’evento online di presentazione libro di Gianpaolo Bellini ed Evandro Agazzi: “L’uomo nell’era della tecnoscienza: Dialogo tra un fisico e un filosofo“. Discuteranno con gli autori Mario AlaiVincenzo Fano e Lella Mazzoli.

La tematica è di attualità estrema: una riflessione sulla nostra società e sul nostro futuro caratterizzata da necessità ed urgenza. 
L’evento, organizzato in collaborazione da CIRFIS (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca in Filosofia e Fondamenti della Fisica), Università di Urbino Carlo BoFondazione Guglielmo Marconi, Marconi Institute for Creativity e Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, si terrà il prossimo giovedì 29 ottobre alle 17:45, utilizzando lo strumento google meet al link: 

Game of Drones – Online event

Starting from the example of Guglielmo Marconi and his pioneering work, the seminar will analyze how emerging technologies affect the security landscape and consequently the world geo-politics. The world in which we live is highly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) and new technologies are radically changing societies and affecting the global power balance. From 5G to space, from Unmanned Systems to Artificial Intelligence, innovation is at the core of national and international strategies. But are the people behind these technologies (scientists, engineers, business persons, etc.) aware of and ready to handle the impact that any engineering choice is making to the world’s future?

Bio sketch: Claudio Palestini is working in the Emerging Security Challenges Division in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He deals with capability and technological development in a number of fields, including countering drones and other asymmetric threats. Before joining NATO, he has worked in European Union institutions, dealing with the satellite navigation programme Galileo and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) deployment. He holds a PhD in telecommunication engineering from University of Bologna (Italy).

Registration to the workshop is free but mandatory, at the link:

Open Innovation Workshop



In times of uncertainty, visionary innovation is a must. But the risk associated to this kind of investment should be shared within an ecosystem, which can provide the integration of complementary knowledge. This is essentially the idea behind the concept of Open Innovation, which will be addressed in this international workshop with renown experts from Europe and the USA.


18:00-18:20 Introduction Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, Unibo, FGM
18:20-18:40 Open Innovation in Silicon Valley – Fabrizio Capobianco, Minerva Networks
18:40-19:00 Open Innovation in Manufacturing – Michele Poggipolini, President Confindustria Giovani
19:00-19:20 Open Innovation in the Internet – Vint Cerf, Google evangelist, Chairman Marconi Society
19:20-19:40 Q/A and Conclusions
Registration to the workshop at the link: https://open_innovation_workshop.eventbrite.it/

MIC Conference 2020: One week is left!

A week is left for MIC Conference 2020! We are very pleased to inform you that the updated version of the full program can be found on the conference website: https://www.mic-conference.org/scientific-program/.  

We would like to report here the impressive list of Invited Speakers that attendees will be able to hear from, live, in alphabetical order:
Ronald Beghetto, Arizona State University, “Actionable Uncertainty: A Basis for Creative Thought and Action
Nathalie Bonnardel, Aix-Marseille Université, “Creativity and prospective ergonomics
Vlad Glăveanu, Webster University, “Creativity on the move
Michael Hanchett Hanson, Teachers College of New York, “Case Studies in Research Using Distributed and Participatory Frameworks
Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Yale University, “Emotions and creativity: From what we feel to what we do with our feelings
Maciej Karwowski, University of Wroclaw, “(Un)Creative when locked down?
James Kaufman, University of Connecticut, “Searching for Meaningful Creativity
Evelyn Kroesbergen, Radboud University, “The benefits of distraction: The relation between attention and creativity in children
Todd Lubart, Université de Paris, “The next frontier in creativity assessment
Michael Mumford,University of Oklahoma, “Creative thinking: processes, strategies and skills
Takeshi Okada, University of Tokyo, “The role of physical process in creativity”
Roni Reiter-Palmon, University of Nebraska, Omaha, “Team Creativity: The interplay between cognitive and social processes
Mark Runco, University of Southern Oregon, “Fulfilling Creative Potential by Tolerating and Even Rewarding Bad Ideas
Darya Zabelina, University of Arkansas, “The effects of mindfulness on viewing and making in art in children and adults

We would also like to inform you that the online platform used for the MIC Conference 2020 will be ZOOM. Details regarding ZOOM accessibility and usability are provided on the MIC Conference Website, where you can find:

– the MIC Conference 2020 Online Sessions page, containing the hyperlinks to all Zoom-based sessions, divided by day and by tempus, at: https://www.mic-conference.org/mic-conference-2020-online-sessions/

Speakers and attendees to the MIC Conference belong to four different continents, spanning 16 hours of different time-zones! In order to facilitate the participation of all, we organized the program around three blocks per day, with large break times in between, each block identified as “Tempus”, which is latin for “period of time”. Each Tempus is dedicated to a great Italian creative genius:

Raffaello Tempus – from 08:15 to 11:30 CEST
Leonardo Tempus – from 13:00 to 16:00 CEST
Marconi Tempus – from 17:30 to 20:45 CEST

In this way there are at least two “Tempi” that can be conveniently followed live from any location in the world. Recordings will be made available offline, subject to speakers’ approval.

The access is guaranteed through a personal password that will unlock all conference contents, which will be provided to all registered participants. You thus have still one week to register to the MIC Conference 2020, https://www.mic-conference.org/registration/



MIC @ VEM Systems: Forsight and Creativity, Future and Futures (in Italian)

Anticipare significa cogliere i segni del futuro nel presente.
In una fase storica caratterizzata da enormi trasformazioni è necessario sviluppare attitudini prospettiche, per prepararsi a gestire le sorprese.
Dopo un veloce aggiornamento sull’attuale congiuntura storica, presenteremo alcuni aspetti degli Studi di Futuro, descrivendo in particolare la Futures Literacy.
Tra i molti scenari futuri possibili, risulta essenziale individuare il futuro preferibile, e lavorare affinché tale futuro si realizzi per la propria azienda. È questo il ruolo del pensiero creativo, ossia della capacità umana di generare idee ad alto potenziale di originalità ed efficacia orientate ad un obiettivo, capacità che costituisce il meccanismo fondamentale attraverso il quale si espande la cultura della nostra specie.
Nella seconda parte dell’incontro si illustreranno quindi le frontiere della ricerca scientifica sulla creatività, nonché alcuni principi utili alla traduzione pratica delle stesse in una realtà aziendale.


Prof. ROBERTO POLI, Università di Trento, Cattedra UNESCO per i Sistemi Anticipanti, Presidente AFI, Direttore del Master in Previsione Sociale

Prof. GIOVANNI EMANUELE CORAZZA, Università di Bologna, Presidente della Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi, Fondatore del Marconi Institute for Creativity

PRESENTA: Ing. STEFANO BOSSI, CEO VEM sistemi e Presidente Filiera Digital di Confindustria Emilia Area Centro


La partecipazione all’evento è gratuita ed è RISERVATA ai clienti e partner di VEM sistemi e a professionisti utilizzatori delle tecnologie dell’informazione.
La direzione si riserva di validare l’avvenuta iscrizione.