International Advisory Board

International Advisory Board

Connection to the larger research community worldwide is of great importance to the ICI team. Together with colleagues from a wide-range of institutions and organizations our work and projects are developed and pursued in dialogue with other leading experts in the field.

Dean Keith Simonton (USA)

received his 1975 PhD from Harvard University and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His more than 500 publications include 13 books, among them Genius, Creativity, and Leadership (Harvard 1984), Why Presidents Succeed (Yale 1987), Scientific Genius (Cambridge 1988), Psychology, Science, and History (Yale 1990), Greatness (Guilford 1994), Origins of Genius (Oxford 1999), Great Psychologists and Their Times (APA Books 2002), Creativity in Science (Cambridge 2004), Genius 101 (Springer 2009), and Great Flicks (Oxford 2011). In addition, he co-edited The Social Science of Cinema (Oxford 2014) and sole-edited The Wiley Handbook of Genius (Wiley 2014). Simonton’s honors include the William James Book Award, the Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology and the Arts, the Henry A. Murray Award from the Association for Research in Personality, the Joseph B. Gittler Award from the American Psychological Foundation, the George A. Miller Outstanding Article Award, the Theoretical Innovation Prize in Personality and Social Psychology, the President’s Award and the E. Paul Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, three Mensa Awards for Excellence in Research, and the Robert S. Daniel Award for Four-Year College/University Teaching. A Fellow of nearly a dozen scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has also been elected to the presidency of three scientific organizations, namely, the Society for General Psychology (Division 1, American Psychological Association), the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Division 10, American Psychological Association). His research program concentrates on the cognitive, personality, developmental, and sociocultural factors behind exceptional creativity, leadership, genius, and talent. He is currently writing The Genius Checklist for MIT Press. [More...]

Mark Runco (USA)

has studied creativity and innovation for 35 years. He is Founding Editor of  the Creativity Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Creativity and Innovation Management, the Journal of Creative Behavior and various other academic journals. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999, 2011) and in 2015 he collaborated with the International Center for Studies in Creativity to introduce two new academic journals, Business Creativity and the Creative Economy and the Journal of Genius and Eminence. In addition, he is Professor at the University of Georgia, as well as Distinguished Research Fellow at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. His Ph.D. is in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. He also earned his MA and his BA from Claremont. His textbook Creativity: Research, development, and practice (Academic Press, 2010) has been translated into 10 languages and was revised and expanded in 2014. Dr. Runco was Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and the Torrance Professor and Director of the Torrance Creativity Center at UGA. He is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10. Dr. Runco has published over 200 articles, chapters, and books on creativity and innovation. [More...]

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James C. Kaufman (USA)

is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 40 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Edition, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg; 2010). He has published more than 250 papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including the Four-C Model of Creativity (with Ron Beghetto). He is a past president of Division 10 (Society for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the president-elect of the American Creativity Association. Dr. Kaufman has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne, Arnheim, and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture) and currently co-edits the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australia show Redesign Your Brain, and narrated the comic book documentary Independents. He wrote the book and lyrics to Discovering Magenta, which had its NYC premiere in 2015, and co-authored a book on bad baseball pitchers with his father. [More...]

Roni Reiter-Palmon (USA)

is the Varner Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and the Director of the I/O Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She is also serves as the Director for the Center for Collaboration Science, an inter-disciplinary program at UNO. She received her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Her research focuses on creativity and innovation in the workplace, cognitive processes and individual difference variables that influence creative performance of individuals and teams, leading creative individuals, and development of creativity and leadership skills. Her applied experiences include consulting to and grants totaling over 7 million dollars from various funding agencies, Fortune 500 companies, government and military. She has over 80 publications in leading journals such Journal of Applied Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, The Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Human Resources Management Review, Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly. She is the Editor of The Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics and the Arts and an associate editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Organizational Behavior, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Creative Behavior, and International Journal of Problem Solving and Creativity. She has received George Mason I/O Psychology distinguished alumni award in 2004, and UNO’s graduate mentor award in 2007. She has received the designation of fellow from the American Psychological Association based on her research. She has received UNO’s college of Arts and Science excellence in research award in 2013, UNO Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity (ADROCA) in 2014, and the Nebraska University System Award for research in 2017. [More...]

Giovanni E. Corazza (Italy)

is a full professor at the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Member of the Alma Mater Board of Directors, founder of the Marconi Institute for Creativity, President of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi, Member of the Marconi Society Board of Directors, and Member of the Partnership Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association. He was Head of the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS) in the years 2009-2012, Chairman of the School for Telecommunications in the years 2000-2003, Chairman of the Advanced Satellite Mobile Systems Task Force (ASMS‑TF), Founder and Chairman of the Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI), a European Technology Platform devoted to Satellite Communications, Member of the Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association and Vice-Chairman of the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform in the years 2013-2016. In the years 1997-2012, he has served as Editor for Communication Theory and Spread Spectrum for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is author of more than 300 papers, and received the Marconi International Fellowship Young Scientist Award in 1995, the IEEE 2009 Satellite Communications Distinguished Service Award, the 2013 Newcom# Best Paper Award, the 2002 IEEE VTS Best System Paper Award, the Best Paper Award at IEEE ISSSTA’98, at IEEE ICT2001, and at ISWCS 2005. He has been the General Chairman of the IEEE ISSSTA 2008, ASMS 2004-2012 Conferences, MIC Conference 2013-2016. His research interests are in creativity and innovation, 5G systems, navigation and positioning. [More...]

Jeremy Howells (UK)

is currently at the Kellogg College, University of Oxford.  Previous to this he was Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Art at the University of Southampton. Before coming to Southampton he held the Eddie Davies Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Manchester and was also the Executive Director at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) and Head of the Innovation Management and Policy and Strategy Division at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Jeremy is a leading international researcher on innovation.  He has researched extensively on innovation and knowledge exchange and taught at Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford universities. His current research interests focus on innovation intermediaries, open innovation and knowledge exchange.  He has undertaken major research projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Commission, Organisation of Economic Cooperation and development (OECD) and the United Nations and worked as a consultant for a range of companies and public agencies.  Jeremy was Editor of R&D Management between 2008-14 and was recently awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) for his contribution to research. [More...]


Hu Weiping (P. R. China)

serves as a deputy director of China Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment toward Basic Education Quality at Beijing Normal University, director of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Key Lab. of Modern Teaching Technology at Shaanxi Normal University, and director of National Demonstration Center for Teacher Teaching. He has made significant contributions to creativity studies and teacher training such as constructing and validating the most widely used scientific creativity test and evaluation system, developing curriculum and methods for the training of creativity among children and adolescents and promoting systematic training modules for the development of teachers' professional ability. He is editor of Journal of Creative Behavior, Creativity Research Journal, The International Journal of Creative & Problem Solving, executive member of the Ministry of Education basic education curriculum expert committee, deputy head of the national primary school science curriculum revision expert committee, chairman of Science Education Branch of China Society of Education, etc. Dr. Hu’s main research fields are creativity, educational psychology and science education. He has hosted 42 national and provincial research projects and more than 30 horizontal research projects, published 6 monographs, 12 textbooks and more than 170 papers including more than 30 SSCI publications since 2001. [More...]

Maciej Karwowski (Poland)

is an associate professor in the Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw. His main research interests include educational psychology of creativity, measurement of creativity and analysis of contextual factors influencing creative thinking and creative self-beliefs. Karwowski is an author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 10 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. His latest book, co-edited with James C. Kaufman is “The Creative Self: Effects of Beliefs, Self-Efficacy, Mindset, and Identity”. Karwowski is a co-editor of “Creativity: Theories – Research – Applications”, editor of “Cogent Education”, associate editor of “Journal of Creative Behavior”, senior editor of “Europe’s Journal of Psychology” and member of editorial boards of “Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts”, “Creativity Research Journal”, “Thinking Skills and Creativity”, “Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation”, “Review of General Psychology” and “Frontiers in Psychology”. [More...]

Vlad P. Glaveanu (Switzerland)

Vlad Glaveanu is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Professional Counseling at Webster University Geneva, Switzerland. He completed his BA in Psychology (High Honours) at the University of Bucharest and obtained his MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology (Distinction) and PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (2012). Before joining Webster, Vlad has been Associate Professor for five years in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is also research associate at SLATE, Bergen University and LATI, Paris Descartes University. His work develops a social and cultural account of creativity, innovation and imagination and has bee published in over 100 articles and book chapters. Vlad's books include: Thinking through creativity and culture: Toward an integrated model (Transaction, 2014), Distributed creativity: Thinking outside the box of the creative individual (Springer, 2014), Rethinking creativity: Perspectives from cultural psychology (Routledge, 2014, co-edited), and Creativity: A new vocabulary (Palgrave, 2016, co-edited). He is editor/co-editor of three major handbooks: the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research (editor, Palgrave, 2016), the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017, co-edited with Tania Zittoun), and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Disciplines (Cambridge University Press, 2017, co-edited with James C. Kaufman and John Baer), as well as editor of the Creativity Reader to be published by Oxford University Press (2018). Vlad is also co-editing the book series Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture for Palgrave Macmillan and is the Editor-in-Chief of Europe’s Journal of Psychology, an open access peer-reviewed journal published by PsychOpen (Germany). He is editorial board member for the main journals in the area of creativity research, board member of the American Creativity Association, and trainer or consultant for organizations interested in how to manage creativity, innovation, and change processes. [More...]