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The Neuroscience of Collaborative Creativity

When we get together and get excited by coming up with something new, amazing things happen - our brains and bodies activate and synchronise, releasing chemicals that make our thought processes faster and more nimble, increase how quickly we absorb information, and allow us to combine concepts differently and create brand new ones. We turn on multiple parts of our brains, and even build brand new brain if we are really connected and engaged. So how and why does all this happen? And how can we foster it?


Dr Fiona Kerr
Dr Fiona Kerr researches, speaks and consults on a range of topics including the neuroscience of human-human and human-technology interaction, neurogenesis, and how good leaders create organisations that flourish. Her interest in the science and power of human connectivity grew over more than 25 years of working in a variety of sectors in Australia and overseas, including power generation, automotive manufacturing, defence, pharmaceuticals, state government, and creative companies including Cirque du Soleil!
Ilse Treurnich
Ilse Treurnicht's career spans scientific research, technology startups and growth companies, commercialization of academic discoveries, venture capital, innovation consulting and policy development. For the past 12+ years, she has been the CEO of MaRS in Toronto, overseeing the development of the organization from a raw startup to a leading urban innovation hub. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.