GFD Event: Fostering Creativity in Education and Research

November 15, 2021


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) November 22, 2021 17:00 — 19:00
Location Online
Capacity 100 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Registration Period November 12, 2021 — November 22, 2021


This presentation will describe the nature and nurture of creativity in the context of education and doing research. It will describe a general framework for creative problem solving and the associated creative behaviours that can be applied in any discipline when new ideas are being sought. Idea-generation tools will also be described, with examples drawn from both art and science to illustrate their commonality. The presentation will also include a discussion on the relative issues and challenges of working creatively with a group of people compared with working individually.

Speaker Bio

Kevin Byron received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Hull and pursued a career in commercial research in photonics for some twenty-five years. During this time he was an honorary visiting lecturer at the Universities of Glasgow and Salford and was elected for the Fellowship of the Institute of Physics. Whilst working in industry he developed a growing interest in education, and creative skills and the award of a NESTA fellowship in 2002 enabled him to pursue these interests full time. In 2008 he took up full-time posts at the University of Leicester and then at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published widely in his earlier research interests, and more recently on innovation and creativity. 

He is currently an independent research skills developer working with students at a number of higher education institutions and industries in the UK and Europe and is a guest lecturer at Leeds University.

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