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City event brings together 130 innovation and creativity leaders

City University London's Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice held a highly successful one-day event in June, bringing together more than 130 researchers and practitioners to explore the latest thinking in innovation, creativity and leadership.
by Luke Nava

City University London's Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice held a highly successful one-day event in June, bringing together more than 130 researchers and practitioners to explore the latest thinking in innovation, creativity and leadership.

The Innovation, Creativity and Leadership - Research and Practice event reflected the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, with 24 expert sessions and practical demos covering everything from technology and engineering through innovation in education and healthcare to organisational and change management. Speakers and delegates represented both academia and industry and came from as far afield as Spain and the USA.

Design, marketing and brand strategist Patrick W. Jordan, who delivered a keynote address, commented: "The event was extraordinary both for the variety and quality of what was presented. It showcased some of the most important research in the area of creativity and innovation with lots of valuable take-aways for all participants."

Kristine Karlsen, a City researcher and one of the event's organisers, says: "The number of attendees and the great reactions we've had - both during the day and through online media such as Twitter - highlights how important innovation and creativity is seen to be in today's economic climate."

Three major themes emerged during the event: employing greater creativity in business; embracing innovative approaches in teaching and learning; and utilising new technologies and interactive tools to support inventive thinking. Many of the presentations covering these areas are now online at http://creativity.city.ac.uk/ICLcity_talks.html.

Further reaction to the event can be followed via the Twitter hashtag #ICLCity.

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