The European Union declared 2009, European Year of Creativity and Innovation. The European Year of Creativity and Innovation has the objective to raise awareness of importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development, to disseminate good practices, stimulate education and research, and promote policy debate and development.
The importance of creativity for economic prosperity and social cohesion seems clearer now than ever. The capacity of people to re-adapt to current conditions demands of creative skills that can provide new and adequate responses to challenges and problems. Innovation is seen as a necessity to maintain economic and social stability, and innovation in one way or another requires creativity.
In this context, the Center for Research on Lifelong Learning based on indicators and benchmarks (CRELL) at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission is carrying out work to explore possible ways of measuring creativity in an international comparative way. As one of the major outcomes of this activity, CRELL is organizing a conference, together with the Directorate General of Education and Culture (DG EAC) titled: “Can creativity be measured”, to be held in the auditorium of Tour Madou in Brussels, May 28th -29th 2009.