United Platform for Creativity in Education

Discussion in 2021: A new series of online seminars

Last year on March 13, the UPCE conference “The measurement of creativity: Theory and practice” was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although at the moment an in-person conference is not possible, UPCE would like to continue the creativity discussions through a series of online seminars (see below the up-to-date schedule). If you are interested in participating (one of) these seminars, do not forget to book the time on your agenda! Further below, you can find the ZOOM meeting links for these seminars (so no registration is needed). We hope to see many of you!

Warm regards,

The UPCE team

Seminar schedule (More speakers are to be added!)

Dr. Elisa Kupers
15:00 – 16:00
Measuring Creativity from Moment to Moment
Dr. Vlad Glăveanu
11:00 – 12:00
Educating for possibility: A new agenda for creative education
Dr. Trinidad Garcia & Tania Pasarín Lavín
17:00 – 18:30
The Role of Creativity in Learning Disorders and in Special Education Needs (SEN)
Dr. Inge van de Ven & Dr. Myrthe Faber
17:00 – 18:00
Literary Reading, Mind-Wandering & Creativity
Dr. Mathias Benedek
16:00 – 17:00
To be announced

Upcoming seminar: April 7th, 15:00

dr. Elisa Kupers, University of Groningen

Measuring creativity from moment to moment

Online Event: Click HERE to join us (Zoom Link)


Many creativity theorists see creativity as a socially and materially embedded, dynamic process. In despite of this, creativity is still measured as a latent, individual, stable trait in the vast majority of the empirical literature. Building upon socio-cultural and dynamic definitions of creativity, we designed an instrument to capture the two core characteristics of creativity (novelty and appropriateness) in microgenetic observational data of the creative process (Kupers, van Dijk, & Lehmann-Wermser, 2018). The idea behind this measure is that all actions and utterances of the participants are coded on ordinal scales of novelty and appropriateness. This allows for quantitative analyses of emergent creativity, such as sequential analyses and other time series techniques. We will discuss the validity of this measure when applying it to teacher-student interactions in different educational contexts.


Future seminars

April 20th, 11:00

dr. Vlad Glăveanu, Webster University of Geneva

Educating for possibility: A new agenda for creative education

Online Event: Click HERE to join us (Zoom Link)


In this talk I will explore the intersections between creativity, education and the emerging field of possibility studies. I will argue that we need to look, in education, beyond creative individuals, products and even processes and consider the roots of creative expression which are found in guided explorations of the possible. We need therefore to consider the way in which creativity relates to a series of other processes such as wonder, serendipity, counterfactual thinking, and anticipation, among others, and the way it helps us go beyond the here and now of direct experience and explore what could be, what could have been and what can never be. A creative education, adapted for the challenges of the 21st century, is necessarily grounded in an orientation towards the unknown, the possible and the future. In this context, Pedagogies of the Possible emerge as an alternative to the culture of standardisation and pre-determined outcomes that continue to dominate educational practice. It represents are an open invitation to consider the kinds of possibilities and impossibilities associated with current educational practices and to strive towards educating fostering the former and learning from the latter. Some practical consequences of educators are discussed towards the end.


May 3rd, 17:00

Dr. Trinidad Garcia & Tania Pasarín Lavín, University of Oviedo

The Role of Creativity in Learning Disorders and in Special Education Needs (SEN)

Online Event: Click HERE to join us (Zoom Link)


In the current educational context, characterized by a high diversity, cultivating creativity implies developing talents of both gifted students and those who present educational needs due to biological, intellectual, social or cultural conditions.  Within this context, the relationship between creativity and High Intellectual Abilities is well known. However, the relationship between creativity and other frequent childhood conditions, such as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are now receiving much attention from researchers in the fields of Education and Psychology. The aim of this seminar is to deepen into the characterization and measurement of creativity within these conditions from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. We will also explore the potentialities of Differentiated Instruction (DI) as a model to promote effective teaching and learning experiences.



May 25th, 17:00

Dr. Inge van de Ven, University of Tilburg & Dr. Myrthe Faber, Radboud University

Literary Reading, Mind-Wandering & Creativity

Online Event: Click HERE to join us (Zoom Link)



June 17th, 16:00

Dr. Mathias Benedek, University of Graz

Topic will be announced shortly

Online Event: Click HERE to join us (Zoom Link)