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2.9.2019 at 00:01 - 10.10.2019 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Fri 25.10.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen
Fri 1.11.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen
Fri 8.11.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen
Fri 15.11.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen
Fri 22.11.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen
Fri 29.11.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen
Fri 13.12.2019
14:00 - 16:00
Oana Velcu-Laitinen


  • Compulsory/optional course: optional
  • The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine coordinates the course
  • The course is part of the Field-Specific Studies module
  • The course is available to students of other degree programmes


➢ Grow awareness on your creative strengths and weaknesses.

➢ Insights on fine-tuning your time for the creative process.

➢ Possible novel research problems.

➢ Getting to know your colleagues in a different way.

Spring term

Course Creative scientists - path towards breakthrough ideas

The course is based on the question, "How can researchers foster their creative thinking to increase the likelihood of generating breakthrough ideas?"

The course is composed of three parts. In the first part, we'll get acquainted with the creative process and evaluate why we do research.

Friday 25.10. 2019 Workshop 1, 14:00 - 16:00: Reconciliation with creativity - to what extent do I consider creativity to be part of my identity as a researcher?

1.11.2019 Workshop 2, 14:00 - 16:00: Motivational systems of the brain - what drives you to do research and how can you stay within the creative zone?

In the second part, we look into how we can develop some of the common skills of creativity, such as imagination and curiosity, in order to foster researchers’ creativity.

8.11.2019 Workshop 3, 14:00 - 16:00: Curiosity and interests - identify opportunities that might expand the border of your knowledge

15.11.2019 Workshop 4, 14:00 - 16:00: Imagination - challenge assumptions and develop possible new hypotheses

22.11.2019 Workshop 5, 14:00 - 16:00: Inspiration - because inspiration comes to the prepared mind, let’s train the brain to pay attention to the environment with an inspired mind

In the third and last part, we'll look at the importance of changing perspective as a result of getting feedback and experimenting in order to come up with new research problems.

29.11.2019 Workshop 6, 14:00 - 16:00: Asking for feedback - grow awareness to emotional reactions to feedback

13.12.2019 Workshop 7, 14:00 - 16:00: Experimentation attitude - embrace an attitude towards performance which is beneficial both for performance and wellbeing.

Contact lessons, learning diaries


What to expect:

● Tiny bit of homework

● Group exercises

● Group coaching

● Role plays

● Spontaneity

● Playfulness

About the teacher:

Oana Velcu-Laitinen helps individuals and teams be more productive and innovative by learning to master the creative and collaborative skills. Oana is a NeuroLeadership Coach, with research background and humanitarian values. She beliefs that we all have a big responsibility on our shoulders, to leave the places where we live and work a bit better than we found them. To find out more about Oana’s mission, please visit http://www.velcu.fi/