MIC Conference 2020

Due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic, the MIC Conference 2020 has moved to online formats and has been rescheduled online for September 14-16 2020.

Co-organized by ISSCI, The Marconi Institute for Creativity, Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi and Università di Bologna.

The 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. Contributions are welcome concerning all facets of human creativity and innovation, stemming from the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Education, Economics, Social Sciences and others.

ISSCI Study on Relation of Creativity and Stress during the Pandemic

Creativity as mitigating factor for the psychological distress related to the COVID-19 outbreak: an ISSCI study

The COVID-19 pandemic emergence is associated with an increase of mental health disorders, such as depression, distress, and anxiety symptomatology. In order to react to and prevent the effects of this emergence on the population’s mental health, it is extremely important that mitigating variables are identified, which can reduce the power of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on psychological wellbeing. In this regard, it is worth highlighting that creativity has been proposed to have a significant impact in reducing anxiety, depression, and social anxiety. In line with this hypothesis, ISSCI organized and performed an international study in order to explore the potential mitigating effect of creativity in reducing the psychological discomfort associated with the Coronavirus emergence. Specifically, approximately 1000 participants from several countries in Europe and United States, who are experiencing this dramatic emergence, have been recruited during the month of April (when hundreds of millions of individuals all around the world were living in a quarantine and semi-quarantine condition) to test the mitigating effect of creative performance on the increase of the distress symptomatology due to the exposure to COVID-19.

APA 2020

APA 2020 Virtual is open for registration: The registration fees for this year have been significantly reduced.

Webster Creativity Week

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Creativity Week at Webster University in Geneva was rescheduled for 2021. In lieu of this year’s event, the scheduled keynote speaker, Ronald Beghetto, conducted an online talk and discussion in June:

Ronald A. Beghetto: Uncertainty and Creativity in Times of Crisis

The next Webster Creativity Week is scheduled for 7-11 June 2021