Creative Thinking

Cluster Career management

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools

Key words

An interactive 2-days workshop/training on the creative process and tools for creativity


In this training we build up knowledge and experience on creativity and the creative process. The purpose is not to achieve a technical or artistic innovative output during the training. The focus is on how to stimulate creative thinking in a group. Therefore we practice a number of tools to generate more and better ideas for problem solving and decision-making.
Understanding the modular functioning of our brain is a crucial factor in how we can (or cannot) be creative.


A 2-day programme with a different focus on each day.
The first day we explore the creative process in an inductive way in order to build up knowledge and experience. We discuss essential concepts, reference frames, beliefs (myths & reality) about creativity, cognitive biases, brain functioning, evolutionary psychology, groupthink, etc. By exercises several techniques to stimulate creative thinking are applied.
The second day we practice a number of useful structured exercises (procedures or tools) to stimulate creative thinking in a group. E.g. brain writing, reversed brain storm, meta plan, intervision, reframing matrix, etc.
Active participation of the trainees is included in the learning process. It is not only expected, it is also the fun of this programme.
Before the training the participants receive a questionnaire to reflect on their expectations and learning points for the training.


More details

Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates 1st semester 2017-2018




to be announced





Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools

Registration procedure

Use the following registration link:  Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, please send an email to and ask to be added to the waiting list by mentioning the course code.


All PhD students; no previous knowledge required


Johan De Bruycker

Teaching and learning material

Questionnaire sent before the start of the programme. Syllabus with key concepts and creative tools.

Teaching methods

Interactive seminar

Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

Active participation