Inventions & Brainstorming - September Lecture

1 Aug 2012
Two engaging lectures will be given by Dr. Kevin Byron in September and they will be open to postgraduate students. Two engaging lectures will be given by Dr. Kevin Byron in September. They are open to UCC staff AND Postgraduate students. Limited places available. To book a place, email Myrhen Pineda or telephone EXT 3723.

Inventions and Inventing – finding solutions to practical problems
Inventions have provided solutions to practical problems from the earliest times, with the development of basic tools, to the present day, with its vast array of highly complex technological innovations that impact on almost all areas of our lives. The arrival of inventive solutions to problems however can vary considerably, and may be long after the time when the basic knowledge and capabilities were first in place. Conversely, sometimes the solution can arrive ahead of the problem. This presentation will explore the art and science of inventing, the timing of inventions, and some unusual approaches to finding ideas to solve practical problems.
Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Time: 2.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Venue: Western Gateway Building G08

Brainstorming – why it doesn’t work and what this could mean for small group learning
Brainstorming is widely applied in higher education by students and teachers primarily for finding ideas to solve open-ended problems and challenges in research, project work etc. Interestingly, for almost as long as brainstorming has been popular (some 50 years), academic research has repeatedly demonstrated that it is much less productive compared with the pooled output of individuals working independently. This presentation will describe the mechanisms that block creative thinking in groups working together, and why brainstorming continues to be popular in spite of this. A discussion will then follow on what the research on brainstorming might mean in terms of small group learning.   
Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012
Time: 2.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Venue: Western Gateway Building G08

About the presenter
Dr Kevin Byron received his Ph.D in Applied Physics from the University of Hull and pursued a career in research in the telecommunications industry for some twenty five years. During this time he was an honorary visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow and a visiting Fellow at the University of Salford, and was elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Physics. Whilst in industry he was involved with a number of universities in collaborative research work with industry and published over fifty patents, some eighty papers in peer reviewed journals and co-authored two books. Throughout his time in industry he developed a growing interest in creativity in education, and the award of a three year NESTA Fellowship in 2002 enabled him to research this topic further and develop resources for secondary and tertiary education. During the NESTA Fellowship he was also a senior visiting fellow to The Higher Education Academy (HEA) where he developed a resource for academics for teaching enterprise skills. He is currently the research skills and enterprise adviser at Queen Mary, University of London and a free-lancer specializing in researcher skills, entrepreneurship and effective brainstorming and ‘Open-Space’ meeting facilitation.

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