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The 3rd UK Creativity Researchers’ Conference will take place on the 22nd May 2019 throughout the Foster Lecture Theatres, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK.

Over the past 3 years, this conference has fast become an important date for all those interested in the study of creativity (both in the UK and further afield). From the outset, our aim has been to unite, share skills and ideas, build productive collaborations, and ultimately boost both the national and international impact of creativity research.

This one-day conference will feature keynote speaker Jonathan Plucker, Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, US). Professor Plucker’s research examines creativity and intelligence, education policy, and talent development. As an eminent figure within the field of creativity research, we are delighted to have such an esteemed guest travelling from the US to our conference in the UK. His keynote is entitled “Creativity Confuses Me: Perplexing Questions About a Complex Construct”. During this talk, he will review recent developments and identify the “major unknowns” in need of additional attention.

The conference will also feature selected podium presentations/papers, posters, refreshments, networking opportunities and a working lunch. For more information, keep visiting this site as we work towards setting up registration. In the meantime, if you are interested in presenting at this conference, please register your interest by submitting a proposal.

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The economy and culture of the 21st century has a tremendous need for creative talent. Whether one works in manufacturing, government, education, or the service industry, there is always a shortage of creatively talented people. Research on creativity, especially on how to foster and assess it, has grown tremendously over the past 30 years, especially in the areas of theory development, assessment, and interventions. Yet this work has also led to new challenges, first among them why all this work has had arguably limited impact on practice. During this talk we will review these recent developments and identify the “major unknowns” in need of additional attention.

Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. His research examines creativity and intelligence, education policy, and talent development. Recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters, From Giftedness to Gifted Education with Anne Rinn and Matt Makel, Intelligence 101 with Amber Esping, and Creativity and Innovation. Prof. Plucker is the recipient of the 2012 Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from the American Psychological Association and 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He is president-elect of NAGC.

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To Register

As each of our previous UK Creativity Researchers’ conferences has achieved a full capacity of delegates, it is advisable to register early to secure your place.

The conference fee is £60 for the day and includes a working lunch and refreshments, in addition to plenty of novel and meaningful discussions throughout the day.

To secure your place register via the link below:


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Key Dates:

  • 5th November 2018: Registration opens
  • 14th February 2019: Deadline for podium presentations and posters
  • 21st Feb 2019: Extended deadline for podium presentations and posters
  • 7th March 2019: Finish peer reviewing of all papers
  • 14th March 2019: Registration deadline for delegates offered podium presentations
  • 11th April 2019: Registration deadline for all other delegates
  • 22nd May 2019: Conference!

On the Day:

  • 9.30am-10am: Registration
  • 10am-10.20am: Welcome from Conference Organising Committee
  • 10.20am-11.20am: Keynote
  • 11.30am-12.30pm: Academic Speed Networking
  • 12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch and Posters
  • 1.30pm-2.45pm: Podium Presentations
  • 2.45pm-3.15pm: Refreshments and Posters
  • 3.15pm-4.30pm: Podium Presentations
  • 4.30pm-5.15pm: Panel Discussion
  • 5.15pm-5.30pm: Closing Words
  • 5.30pm-7.00pm: Post-conference drinks (Venue: TBA)