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Presented by University of Adelaide and the Thinkers in Residence program. This session is part of the Creative Revolutionaries Series. New in 2018, Adelaide's "Creative Revolutionaries" series features an impressive roster of internationally renowned artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, sharing their vision and expertise through a busy calendar of free events.


What is happening when we are in the creative zone? And how does interaction with others play a key role in ideation? 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?

On April 23, join Dr. Ilse Treurnicht (Former CEO, MaRS Discovery District in Ontario, Canada) and Dr. Fiona Kerr (Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist) for a thoughtful discussion on the neuroscience of collaborative creativity.


9AM for 9:15AM start. Coffee available.

Please note this event is on the Mezannine Level of Hub Central at the University of Adelaide. Contact Sebastian Tomczak with any questions regarding access or location: sebastian.tomczak@adelaide.edu.au





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.

For the past 12+ years, Ilse Treurnicht has served as CEO of MaRS Discovery District (www.marsdd.com), a leading innovation hub located in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District. She has overseen the development of the MaRS Centre, a 1.5-million-sq.-ft. facility providing specialized infrastructure to leading research groups, startups and young scaling firms, multinational businesses and investors – drawing 6,000 people from 150+ organizations to work there every day.

In addition, she has led the development of MaRS’ broad suite of innovation programs and partnerships. MaRS supports innovators and entrepreneurs building high-impact growth businesses, providing connections to critical talent, capital and customer networks. In addition, MaRS works with partners to accelerate the adoption and diffusion of innovation in regulated sectors, with a special focus on modernizing procurement and regulations, liberating data, and developing new funding models.

Ilse joined MaRS in 2005 from her role as CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund. She has been a research scientist and entrepreneur, with senior roles in a number of emerging technology companies. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, served on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), and is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. She chairs the board of Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a cancer drug development firm, and serves on the boards of Cogniciti, a brain health company, and Canada’s Public Policy Forum.

Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.




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!

To investigate the patterns she had seen in flourishing companies and increasing technologization over those years in both the public and private sector, Fiona undertook a PhD that combined neuroscience and complex systems engineering (informed by undergraduate anthropology and psychology). Following completion of her PhD, Fiona’s research has focussed on the neurophysiological impact of human interaction with each other and technology; strategic intuition and future-casting; building quality partnerships with AI; the future of work; and the impact of increasing technologization on society.

Fiona advises companies, technologists and governments internationally on, enabling them to maximise the advantages of both human and technological capacity to build desired outcomes. She has collaborative partnerships in the USA and Europe, and in Finland she works with the task force creating Finland's national Artificial Intelligence program.

Now increasingly engaging with business leaders, policy-makers, engineers, scientists, and thought leaders, Fiona is currently establishing an independent institute investigating how humans shape each other, how technology shapes us and thus how we should shape technology. The institute will explore how we can maintain human connection in an increasingly technologised world, how to best leverage the transformative power to technology, and how to create quality interaction and partnerships between humans and AI.



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