Transform your research with creative thinking

Learn how to use creative thinking in your daily research and to improve your chances of transformative research breakthroughs by joining this hands-on course addressing creativity in experimental research.

The systematic use of creative thinking can be particularly helpful in the generation of new ideas, hypotheses and experimental designs, as well as in the communication of your research.

The workshop consists of small lectures giving you a deep understanding about your creativity and exercises training your creative competences. You will learn methods and well-supported tools for creative thinking. The workshop will focus on getting a firsthand experience with creative thinking in relation to your scientific work. After the course, you will have access to training exercises and other materials that can help you on your journey towards a transformative researcher.

The exercises are inspired by creative approaches like Synectic (Creative methodology that stimulates thought processes using analogies, by George M. Prince), TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving by Genrich Altshuller), Lateral Thinking (Creative Thinking Technique by Edward De. Bono) and CPS (Creative Problem Solving, by Alex Osborn and Sid Parnes), which are all designed to make you more open-minded and insightful. When you implement this creative practice in your existing methodology, it enhances the likelihood that you discover something new and transformative in your research.

Learning goals

  • To get a firsthand experience with creative thinking and realize the impact it can have on your normal thinking process
  • To understand that the way we think determines how we perceive insights from our data and how we interpret our results
  • To understand why and how creative thinking influence knowledge production in research
  • To be able to think more flexibly and original, while doing research
  • To understand how you can integrate creative thinking in your existing research method – both in theory and in practice
  • To learn how to participate in creative collaboration with other researchers and stakeholders
  • To learn approaches to creative writing

Facilitator: Søren Hansen is from Aalborg University and has more than 15 years of experience in researching and teaching how to enhance creativity in research. Through his research in creativity, Søren Hansen has developed a systematic process to develop a personal creative approach to knowledge generation.

Language: English

ECTS: None

Time: November 13th: 9:00-19:00 (including dinner) and November 14th: 9:00-17:00

Venue: Panum, meeting room 7.15.149

Sign up before 13 October: Sign up for the Creativity Workshop – University of Copenhagen (

The workshop has room for 20 participants, and the seats will be divided by a first come, first served basis.