Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi – Marconi Institute for Creativity opens applications for a scholarship – EU FP7 CREAM project

Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi – Marconi Institute for Creativity

opens applications for a scholarship – EU FP7 CREAM project

The Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi opens applications for the assignment of a Postdoctoral scholarship for research activities with reference to the projects of the Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi – Marconi Institute for Creativity, and in particular to the project funded by European Commission FP7 – ICT Call 10 – CReativity Enhancement through Advanced brain Mapping and stimulation – CREAM, for the following activities: Requirements for the analysis, measurement, and stimulation of creativity.

The selection is open to candidates who possess the following qualification:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology

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ICCC – 7th International Conference on Computational Creativity

The ICCC conference series is organized by The Association for Computational Creativity which since 2010 is the scientific conference that specifically focuses on computational creativity.  ICCC 2016 will take place June 27 – July 1 in Paris, France, and will be hosted at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), with support by LIP6 laboratorySONY CSL Paris lab and ERC project Flow Machines


Creativity is the art, science, philosophy and engineering of computational systems which, by taking on particular responsibilities, exhibit behaviours that unbiased observers would deem to be creative. As a field of research, this area is thriving, with progress in formalising what it means for software to be creative, along with many exciting and valuable applications of creative software in the sciences, the arts, literature, gaming and elsewhere.

Important Dates

Deadline for papers submissions : February 27, 2016

Notification of acceptance: April 19, 2016

Deadline for final paper submission: May 27, 2016

Click here for the ICCC 2016 website



Systematic generation of Ideas as a new company asset: Giovanni Corazza @KREA conference

Prof. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza will give the presentation entitled “Generazione sistematica di idee: da ideale ad asset aziendale” during the KREA conference organized by Società Ceramica Italiana – I.Cer.S –  November 13, 2015 at Teatro Astoria (Fiorano Modenese – MO)


The KREA conference (“Terra, Amore e Fantasia – Dove il sogno incontra la concretezza“) will  focus on how creativity and innovation characterize the competitive effort of manufacturing companies.  After the presentation of the conference by Paolo Zannini (ICerS President), Prof. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza will give a speech on creativity as a  strategic necessity and essential company asset for the production of new value through the generation of innovative ideas, products, and services.


SEM-based analysis of scientific and artistic creative achievement

Agnoli S., Corazza G. E., Cagnone S., and Runco, M. A.

ICIE Conference, Krakow (Poland), July 1-4 2015

Oral Presentation


The creative process is a dynamic ensemble of cognitive, motivational, attitudinal, and environmental components aimed at the ideation and realization of novel and valuable ideas. A pressing question in the creativity literature is whether these components could assume different relevance in defining creative achievement in diversified domains. The aim of this work is to analyse the influences of cognitive and attitudinal components in the definition of scientific and artistic creative achievement in graduate students. 155 students from the University of Bologna were asked to complete a series of tasks: the RAT test (Mednick, 1962); verbal, spatial, and numerical problem solving tasks (Dow & Mayer, 2004); verbal, figurative, and realistic divergent tasks (rCAB, 2011); the Raven short-form intelligence test (Arthur & Day, 1994); the TIPI personality questionnaire (Gosling et al, 2003); the CAAC questionnaire (rCAB, 2011), measuring creative achievement in scientific, artistic, and everyday contexts. Adopting a structural equation modelling approach, we are able to justify a unitary creative thinking model that finds the place for both convergent and divergent thinking: the integrated creative thinking model (ICTM). We proved that convergent thinking is essentially defined by problem solving abilities and highly influenced by cognitive abilities measured by the Raven test: it is the main determinant of scientific creative achievement. On the other hand, divergent thinking is defined by fluency and originality in producing alternatives, and highly influenced by personality: it is the main determinant of artistic creative achievement. Convergent thinking abilities are shown to be negative predictors of artistic achievement.


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The Science of Creative Thinking as an Accelerator for industrial Innovation: Giovanni Emanuele Corazza @CRIT

Prof. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza will give the presentation entitled “the Science of Creative Thinking as an Accelerator for Industrial Innovation” during the Meeting of Technical Directors of CRIT Associated Shareholders – CTS ( Scientific-technical Committee) – November 5, 2015.



CRIT is a private company founded in 2000 upon initiative of a group of internationally recognized enterprises with the aim to create an enviroment where shareholders could identify and utilize cutting-edge advanced technological information and to foster synergies between main actors in the field of industrial innovation.

During his speech for the Techinical Directors of CRIT Associated Shareholders – CTS, Prof. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza (MIC) will illustrate how time has come to lay the scientific foundations of the discipline of creative thinking. Starting from MIC multidisciplinary bases and background, companies and enterprises can develop business skills to approach the systematic generation of ideas for new products, services, and processes. Along with the ability to anticipate future scenarios, companies will then adcquire competitive advantage, accelerating the increasingly necessary innovation processes.


MIC @BBS: Workshop on structured Creativity and Enterprise

Yesterday evening (October 7) the workshop “Creatività strutturata e impresa: da lusso a necessità took place at Bologna Business School (Villa Guastavillani – Bologna)

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After the introduction by Marco Briolini, head of BBS corporate and open programs, the workshop started with the presentation of Prof. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza (MIC) who focused on the strategic necessity of creativity, which is becoming an essential company asset for the production of new value through the generation of innovative ideas, products, and services. The presentation continued with the introduction of some preconceptions related to creativity as inputs for the discussion, managed by Simone Arminio, journalist of il Resto del Carlino, with the participation of Guido de Marchi (European Space Agency) representing the scientific point of view and Francesco Montanari (Datalogic), who focused on the need to include, develop and apply creative thinking tools within the enterprise context. Conclusions converged on the importance to acquire what can be defined as “structured creativity” to reach innovative ideas in any enterprise domain. The stimulating discussion represented an anticipation to the topics that will be developed during the next Executive Program in Creativity and Innovation promoted by BBS in collaboration with MIC.


Design Process

On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, the students of the course “Scienza e Applicazioni del Pensiero Creativo” worked in teams to sketch a model of the Design Process. Here you can find the models drawn by the 13 teams.





Vincent Antonellini, Daniele Antonini, Selene Bonato, Giulio Fabbri 






Maite Nannini, Giulia Tonioni 


Clelia Liberti, Michela Voltarelli, Virginia Vaccari, Claudia Gelmini         



Simona Colitti, Andrea Libanori, Giovanni M. Lombardo, Elena Macciantelli, Mario Viniello


Brian Scalini, Jacopo Pedrona, Mattia Pieretti, Gabriele Mascagni


Davide Balsamini, Francesco Gualandi 


Lorenza Maggio, Ludovica Rosato, Serena Sacchetto, Virginia Viapiano   


Bianca Draghetti, Claudia Fradeani     


Francesco Calzolari, Antonio Laganà, Andrea Montalbani, Francesco Venditti      






Andrea Ascani, Cesare Bartoccini                      


Description of the course

School of Engineering and Architecture – Telecommunications Engineering 

University of Bologna

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students gain knowledge and earnings from the history of science, theoretical foundations of creative thinking, cognitive modelling and the DIMAI model in particular, along with strategies and processes for specific thinking stages. Innovation topics will be handled with the analysis of hurdles and strategies for success, through the application to study cases.  


Description of the course

School of Engineering and Architecture – Industrial Design 

University of Bologna

Learning outcomes

At the end of this class, the student will possess scientifically sound notions about the creative thinking process, along with the pragmatic application of the principles for the generation of new ideas. The student will master theoretical and methodological notions regarding the cognitive and conative components which are at the very basis of the creative process. Particular emphasis will be placed onto universal strategies, applicable to diversified domains, which allow to increase awareness and efficacy of the overall creative thinking exercise. 


On the Path Towards the Science of Creative Thinking



In this introductory Chapter, we state the fundamental elements that underpin the science of creative thinking, recognizing at the same time that we are following a path towards the establishment of that science, and that many challenges are yet to be met. Considering theoretical models for the creative thinking process, we discuss the minimum number of stages, the concept of optimal originality, and we review the most important existing models, outlining their features and limitations. The discussion then moves from the individual to the social level. After reviewing the generally accepted approaches in social creativity analysis, we call for balanced fusion of the individual and social points of view, avoiding artificial contrasts. Two macro domains are then analysed: engineering and design and art. In the former, we introduce the concepts of creative reproduction of nature, extension of capabilities and of conditions for life, and we discuss the use of metaphors in various forms. For the latter, we start with a scientific definition of inspiration, then move on to discuss the delicate balance between discipline and spontaneity in artistic education. Also, we touch upon the state-of-the-art of artificial creators that can produce mimicking the style of great artists. We conclude the Chapter by addressing some areas which we consider to be both urgent and necessary in the development of the science of creative thinking.

Link to the chapter on Springer  


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