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Journal editor Dr Marilyn Fryer was delighted to be one of the three recipients of the prestigious 105th Birthday Torrance Lifetime Creativity Award, alongside eminent creativity colleagues Dr Bonnie Cramond and Dr Kobus Neethling. The awards were announced at the 5th Annual E Paul Torrance Roundtable in Creative Thinking in Dubai recently.

The KIE team received 37 nominations from across the globe; 8 nominees were short-listed out of which 3 were selected. Dr James Kaufman commented ‘A hearty congratulations to all winners – a top-notch group who are incredibly deserving’.

Watch this space for more information about Dr Torrance’s work and its relevance to the pressing issues we all face today.


The International Centre for Innovation in Education
16th ICIE Conference 2018 ‘Excellence, Innovation & Creativity in Basic-Higher Education & Psychology’
Paris, France, July 3-16 2018, Université Paris Descartes

ICIE conferences are milestones in the journey towards leadership, creativity and innovation in basic-higher education and psychology.
The ten keynote speakers include Professor Todd Lubart, Dr Rena Subotnik, and our journal co-editor, Dr Marilyn Fryer. Marilyn will speak about ‘The Facilitation of Creativity: Key Issues, Challenges and Insights’ (see below). She will also facilitate the workshop ‘Creativity Development in Action’ in which participants will be able to work together to create a map of their own experience of creativity development in their countries as a catalyst for future research, policy and provision.
Conference booking and the call for abstracts for talks, posters and symposia are now open. Please see for full details (opens in a new window).

Dr Marilyn Fryer - The Creativity Centre

Keynote Abstract

The Facilitation of Creativity: Key Issues, Challenges & Insights

This presentation will focus on the facilitators of creativity and the challenges they face, whether in educational, work or home settings. What do facilitators think about creativity and how does this impact on what they do? How do their own attitudes and beliefs about the development of creativity impact on their behaviour, the environments they create or find themselves in? And what role does government policy play in enabling or hindering them? Drawing on her own research and experience, Dr Marilyn Fryer will explore these issues with particular reference to the UK.


Creativity Development in Action

This interactive workshop will be of interest to parents, formal and informal educators and managers, and indeed everyone who feels their own creativity has been especially supported or inhibited. Together participants will work through a series of activities in which they will be able to contribute valuable insights based on their own experience of creativity development in their countries. This will be drawn together into an overall map as a catalyst for future research, policy and provision.

Dr Marilyn Fryer - Brief Bio

Marilyn is chief executive of UK registered charity the Creativity Centre Educational Trust (CCET). She is a qualified teacher and chartered psychologist specialising in international research and consultancy in creativity and innovation. Formerly Reader in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, much of her research and teaching has focused on the facilitation of creativity. At Leeds she introduced accredited undergraduate, post-graduate and professional updating courses in Applied Creativity which were successfully accessed by several thousand students over a fifteen-year period. Her current work includes acting as commissioning editor for the international e-journal, Creativity & Human Development ( which she co-founded. From time to time she also acts as external examiner for higher degrees in creativity and serves on university validation panels as well as undertaking consultancy on creativity education and development for various government bodies. Her work has been published and presented internationally for instance at the Torrance Lecture Series, Athens, Georgia, USA, the launch of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and for the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology, Shizuoka, Japan. Marilyn is also a member of the Society of Authors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).


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