Creativity arises in the brain and is everyone’s biggest asset – from solving daily problems to improving our health and wellbeing – creating innovations that can shape the lives of millions.

Creative Brain Week is an annual exploration of how brain science and creativity collide to seed new ideas in social development, culture, wellbeing, and physical, mental and brain health across the life cycle and within society.

Creativity is everyone’s asset, a critical skill for the coming century, which can be nudged, nurtured and enhanced. We’ve established an annual event to explore and promote the interdisciplinary neuroscience of creativity and the brain and all its practical applications, while at the same time highlighting the importance of Ireland in this emergent field.

The inaugural event in 2022, featuring exhibitions and talks by scientists, artists and innovators,  took place across the digital and physical Campus of Trinity College Dublin and out into the heart of the City.

This year’s event explored what happens when creativity informed neuroscience is better aligned with neuroscience informed creativity.

2022 established an annual week of events, supported across Trinity departments and institutes, which over the coming years will explore and promote the relationships between creativity, the brain and all areas of our lives.  It will continue to connect inspiring experience and knowledge from academic and public practice.

Initiatives inspired by last year include:

  • Informed by the Creativity, Neuroscience and Equity session Trinity and US Universities develop a Centre for Forced Migration Studies. View videos | Read news story
  • ArtsandBrain.com – supported by the Latin American Brain Health Institute (BrainLat), Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, Chile, Atlantic Fellows at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) and collaborators identify and share successful creative practice promoting brain health and wellbeing to encourage its adoption worldwide by peer networks
  • Copa Y Vida – Musicians in Argentina and neuroscientists in Dublin develop music for brain health programmes responding to complex needs of vulnerable populations, supported by GBHI and The Atlantic Institute

Creative Brain Week 2022 in the news:

Some of the coverage of the 2022 programme can be accessed below;


A heady mix of World-Leading Neuroscientists, Educationalists,

Health Policy Makers, Artists and Innovators

exploring the brain and creativity.


Creative Brain Week is a Global Brain Health Institute innovation at Trinity College Dublin,

presented in association with the Jameel Arts & Health Lab,

in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO)

and with support from Creative Ireland

and the Atlantic Institute.