University Governance: Impeding or Facilitating Creativity

Hannover, September 29th – 30th, 2016

The relationship between governance and creativity in higher education and research is one of the biggest challenges for the present and future academic and scientific development. Presently, there is a lively debate about the tension between these two essential requirements of research and higher education. A special focus of the present debate lies on the question which governance structures do not limit but allow for creativity which is necessary for the generation of new knowledge at universities.

The aim of the conference is to pursue this question by discussions and presentations. Researchers dealing with issues of governance and creativity in universities will present their findings. Likewise, practitioners representing the field of higher education leadership will contribute from their experiences. As a highlight, the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 2014 will present his view on the topic.

The conference "University Governance: Impeding or Facilitating Creativity?” is organized by the Academia Europaea and the International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel), University of Kassel, Germany, in collaboration and with the generous support of the German Volkswagen Foundation.