Aalto Creativity Symposium Vaasa 2021 Registration

The symposium discusses creativity and creativity theories.
Do you become more creative if you study creativity?
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Join us on-line at a screen near you or on-site in Sulva in the outskirts of Vaasa September 10–11, 2021. The symposium is a hybrid and welcomes participants online or on-site.

Due to the pandemic security measures, only 18 people can participate on-site in addition to the lecturers. Many more can participate online.

Symposium registration fees:

40,00 € online participation (Aalto community free of charge)
80,00 € on the site participation (includes coffee, tea and fruit, some salty and sweet snacks) After we have received your registration, you will get a separate mail with an invoice.


Friday, September 10th


Lunch & registration


Welcome & Definition and Aspects of Creativity 

Elisabeth Morney, chair 


Radical Creativity - What is it? The strategy of Aalto University

Tuomas Auvinen, Dean of School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University


Keynote: Intelligence, Creativity and Skill 

Bonnie Cramond, Professor Emerita, University of Georgia, USA             


Break (coffee)


Imagination as a Source for Creativity 

Hannah Kaihovirta, Docent, Senior researcher, University of Helsinki 


Creative Thinking: Idea, Process and End Result

Riikka Mäkikoskela, Head of Radical Creativity, Aalto University


Improvisational Theater, Flow and Group Dynamic

Mikael Rejström, Actor & Creative Director, Stella Polaris 


Marketing in an Equitable World

Dee Fretwell, Instructor, School of Business, Southern Oregon University, USA


Break (coffee) 


Keynote: Chaos, Complexity, and Creativity 

Ruth Richards, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, California, USA 


Closing words for the day


Symposium dinner

Saturday, September 11th


Welcome to symposium day two - Hannah Kaihovirta 


Quality, Taste and the Creative Product

Elisabeth Morney, Aalto University


The Movement between Intuition and Evidence in the Creative Design Process

Kirsi Manninen, Aalto University


Break (coffee)


Limitation as a Creative Resource

Kirsi Reinola, Aalto University


Ethical Aspects of Creativity

Marjaana Rantama, Aalto University




What is Creativity? Perceptions of primary school children in Malta. 

Dr. Margaret Mangion, Senior lecturer, University of Malta, The Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking and Innovation, Malta


The Role of Creativity in Interdisciplinary Work Groups in Higher Education Context 

Dr. Daniela Bauer, Nuremberg Tech, LEONARDO – Centre for Creativity and Innovation, Germany




Keynote: Assessment of Creativity  

Bonnie Cramond, Professor Emerita, University of Georgia, USA  


Break (coffee)


Round table (chair: Elisabeth Morney)

Do you become more creative by studying creativity?

Bonnie Cramond, Hannah Kaihovirta, Riikka Mäkikoskela 


Wrap up, final words



Instructions for participation

The event is organised as a Zoom webinar, thus, participants can join discussion via chat and Q&A windows. Participants are not able to open their microphones, so interaction is possible only in the chat. If you have questions for the speakers, please send them via Q&A.

Creativity is an important future skill - this symposium will help you understand creativity in a new way

Aalto Creativity Symposium Vaasa 2021 Speakers

Aalto Creativity Symposium Vaasa 2021 Speakers

Meet the Speakers
On site venue: Sulvan Kestikievari - Solf Gästgivargård
Sulvan Kestikievari, 15 km from Vaasa


Join us online or on-site in Sulva, 15 km from Vaasa, Finland 10–11 September 2021.

We warmly welcome international and national participants. The sessions will be recorded and can be viewed by participants for two weeks after the event.

Participants on site:
You can pre-order lunch and dinner when you get the letter with the invoice. Alterations can be made according to allergies and special diets. Both lunch and dinner are three course meals. Lunch is served as a buffé and dinner is served at the table. Beverages are not included in the price.

23,00 € Lunch Friday Sept. 10th at 13:00
Buffe: starter, main course, Coffee or tea with sweets

32,00 € Symposium dinner Friday Sept. 10th at 19:15
Starter: creamy chanterelle soup
Choose as main course meat or fish: Coeur de filet provencale, Fish - catch of the day with lemon-butter sauce
Dessert: Crème brûlée and sorbet

23,00 € Lunch Saturday Sept 11th at 12:00
Buffe: starter, main course, Coffee or tea with sweets

Aalto Creativity Symposium 2021 Vaasa

A meeting point for scholars and practitioners September 10-11, 2021. Online (Zoom).

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