EC3 – MIC Conference: Final organization notes


Dear Participant,
the start of the EC3 Conference is less than a week away!

In the following, you can find some further details regarding the EC3-3rd MIC Conference organization.

Opening Event: The Thursday June 20 opening event will start at 7:30 PM in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna (the meeting point will be visible) and will continue with a dinner at Cantina Bentivoglio, serving world famous traditional bolognese cuisine in a jazz music atmosphere, in the city center. Dress code: smart casual.

Presentations: All presentations will be at the Conference venue, Villa Griffone, the home of Guglielmo Marconi, a magnificent building in Pontecchio Marconi. More information on the venue can be found at this link:

Transportation to the conference venue: On June 21 and June 22 a private transportation coach bus from the Bologna city centre to the Conference Venue and return has been arranged for the 3rd MIC Conference participants. More information on timing and pick up points for this service can be found at this link:

Live streaming: The EC3 Conference will be part of the Webinar Series on Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts by the APA Division 10. All presentations will be taken on camera and streamed in real-time. Please be ready to sign an authorization, if you agree to do so, that we will give to you at the conference registration. This is a great chance to enhance the visibility of your work!
Best Presentation Award: A Best Presentation Award is foreseen. The awardee will be selected by the audience through ratings given by attendees at the end of each session. Keynote speakers are not eligible for the award, due to their longer allocated time. The Award itself was crafted by a Bolognese artist.

Social event: A cocktail will be offered on the evening of June 21 at Villa Griffone. Before the cocktail, a guided visit to the Marconi Museum within the Villa is foreseen for Conference participants.

Transportation from Geneva to Bologna: In the case you will attend also the EC3 Creativity Week in Geneva, we would like to remember to take advantage of the organized tour, which includes the transportation from Geneva to Bologna and the lunch on June 20th. Some tickets are still available here: More information on the organization of the tour (pick up point in Geneva, timing, lunch, etc.) can be found here:


See you soon in Bologna! 


EC3 Conference: Close submission deadline!

Submit your abstract by March 15

The submission deadline for the EC3 Conference is approaching fast! You still have 4 more days to submit your abstract to the 2nd Creativity Week (idea pitches) and to the  3rd MIC Conference (paper presentations)

The list of keynote and invited speakers includes: 

Dr. Mathias Benedek (University of Graz, Austria) 
Prof. James C. Kaufman (University of Connecticut, USA) 
Prof. Todd Lubart (Université Paris Descartes, France) 
Dr. Lambros Malafouris (University of Oxford, UK) 
Prof. Roni Reiter-Palmon (University of Nebraska, USA) 

The event is sponsorized by the APA Division 10, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Reduced registration fees are available for members of APA Division 10. 

EC3 Conference deadline extension!

Submission deadline extension

The deadline for Abstract submission at the EC3 Conference has been extended to March 15, 2019. Please take this opportunity to submit your abstract and contribute actively to the conference programme!

Important dates (Updated):
– Abstract submission: March 15, 2019
– Acceptance notice: April 5, 2019
– Early registration: 15 April, 2019

Don’t miss out on this unique event!


EC3 Conference is approaching fast!

You still have two weeks and a half (submission deadline February 28) to submit your  abstract to the 2nd Creativity Week (idea pitches) and to the 3rd MIC Conference (paper presentations). 

Please take this opportunity to submit your abstract and contribute actively to the conference programme.
2nd Creativity Week, Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland

Submit by email at a max 250 words description of an idea or question you would like to pitch for an idea incubators along with contributors’ details. Pitches involve 5 min presentations followed by discussion. Incubator sessions will group 3-4 related pitches and involve both contributors and the audience. More information can be found here.

3rd Marconi Institute for Creativity Conference, Bologna, Italy

Submit by email at a max 2-pages long abstract following the abstract template. Clearly identify the abstract’s area of interest. More information and the downloadable abstract template can be found here.  

Please visit our websites for updated news on registration modalities and fees, conference structure and organization, and travel organization: EC3 / 2nd Creativity Week,  EC3 / 3rd MIC Conference.

For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at:                              
Important dates
– Abstract submission: 28 February, 2019
– Acceptance notice: 30 March, 2019
– Early registration: 15 April, 2019

Hope to see you in Geneva and in Bologna next June. The program promises to be very exciting!

We look forward to your submission and participation!


European Collaborative Creativity Conference (EC3)

We are proud to announce a unique scientific event for the Creativity & Innovation community: EC3 – ‘Incubating the Future’!


The European Collaborative Creativity Conference (EC3) joins the 2nd Webster Creativity Week, organized by the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI), and the 3rd MIC Conference organized by the Marconi Institute for Creativity (MIC) under a collaborative framework for the advancement of theory, research, and practice in creativity studies.

Schedule: by joining this event, you will have the chance to spend three days in Geneva at Webster, for the Creativity Week (June 17-19, 2019), cross the Alps on an organized tour, and then continue in Bologna (June 20-22, 2019) for the MIC Conference in the home of Guglielmo Marconi!

Invited speakers include (list to be updated):

Dr. Mathias Benedek (University of Graz, Austria)
Prof. James C. Kaufman (University of Connecticut, USA)
Dr. Lambros Malafouris (University of Oxford, UK)
Prof. Roni Reiter-Palmon (University of Nebraska, USA)

We will welcome your contribution to either part of EC3, in Geneva (idea pitches) and/or in Bologna (paper presentations). Please download the Call for Contributions for all details (see also our websites: WCCI-EC3, MIC-EC3) 

Important dates

– Abstract submission: 28 February, 2019
– Acceptance notice: 30 March, 2019
– Early registration: 15 April, 2019

We look forward to your submission and participation!


Festival of the Technical Culture 2018

Festival of the Technical Culture 2018: two events organized by MIC-FGM


On Saturday November 10 and on Saturaday November 17 MIC will talk about creativity at Villa Griffone. In the first event (November 10) we will talk about: The development of intellectual property: how to combine technical expertise and creative thinking. During the secon event (November 17) we will talk about: Technical-scientific culture & creativity: lessons learned from the genius of Gugliemo Marconi.

Link to the Festival program:


For more information on the two events read more here below (in Italian language):



Creative vs. Computational Thinking: talk by Giovanni Corazza at Webster University

Creative vs. Computational Thinking

When surprise becomes a rational necessity

A public talk by Prof. Giovanni Corazza in the Creativity and Innovation Lecture Series organized by the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI) (24 May 2018)


The human species is running fast towards what can be identified as the Post-Information Society, in which anthropomorphic as well as non-anthropomorphic forms of artificial intelligence will be pervasive, with dramatic impact on both the job market and the educational system. It is therefore essential that we pose today both ultimate and proximal questions about the future of our species and its role in future cyber-physical collaborations. While there is a current tendency to believe that the correct answer for the educational system is the introduction of computational thinking as a subject for all, we maintain that this set of skills will not be sufficient, and indeed not the most important one. Our well-being from both psychological and social points of view, as well as the preservation of our specific role in the economy, will depend on the development of the specifically human traits and abilities related to what we identify as organic creativity, which includes our capacity to use unexpected elements in our cognitive processes: surprise will have to become a rational necessity!


Click here for more information on the event