U-Create Symposium 2020: Creativity?

This symposium intends to share experiences on creativity in education involving all schools of Aalto University.
U-Create Symposium 2020 : Creativity?

The U-create symposium aims to advance Aalto University’s creative pedagogy by sharing experiences that are already happening around the campus and also in Aalto’s connections. Moreover, the symposium aims to establish a community of teachers who are interested in transdisciplinary approaches and in developing new ways of teaching.

In this edition, the symposium goes beyond transdisciplinary teaching and focuses on creativity. The idea is to get to know and disseminate the most interesting practices as well as the fails and success stories in teaching around this major subject. The main objective is to nurture an evolving discussion on teaching creativity across fields.

Theme 2020: Creativity?

What is creativity? Where is it? What does creativity do?

Is it possible to define creativity and teach or learn it? In which ways? How do we understand creativity and teach it in different areas, such as business, technology or arts? 

As the question mark indicates, the goal of the symposium is not to obtain precise answers but to explore “creativity” and see how it is currently being understood through different perspectives and across fields.  It also aims to understand the relevance given to “creativity” among other crucial skills to be addressed in our classrooms in all areas.


  • 13:00 Welcome by Petri Suomala - Aalto University Vice President, Education

  • 13:30 Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL): "More-than-Human Design Creativities in the Anthropocene" 

  • 14:00 discussion & comments

  • 14:15 Andy Best - Aalto University (ARTS): "All My Idols Are Dead And Enemies In Power: Recipes for Radical Creativity in an Age of Crisis"

  • 14:45 discussion & comments

  • 15:00 coffee break

  • From 15:30: FLASH TALKS (10min each):

  • Henri Weijo (BIZ)

    Teaching Creativity Has Probably Made Me a Luddite

    Elisa Mekler (SCI)

    Where is the Creativity in Rigorous and Transparent Scientific Research?

    Salu Ylirisku (ELEC)

    Concepting Hits the Fan: Migrating Pedagogy from ARTS to ELEC

    Katja Hölttä-Otto (ENG)

    Mechanisms of Creativity

    Tim Smith (ARTS)

    Teaching Toward Reframing Creative Economy in the Arts

    Kushagra Bhatnagar (BIZ)

    Creativity as Cultural Critique: Using Critical Theory to Teach Creativity

    Tomi Kauppinen (SCI)

    Learning about information visualization via exploring and creativity

    Tua Björklund & Sine Celik (ENG)

    The human side of responsible creativity

    Jaan Praks (ELEC)

    Creating Space Missions with Students

    Pirjo Kääriäinen (CHEM ARTS)

    Learning materials through practice-based pedagogy: The CHEMARTS Cookbook

  • 17:30 happy hour & networking


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