16-18 August 2017

Off the Lip 2017

Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK: 16-18 August 2017

We are excited to announce that in this year's Off The Lip event, we will be working closely with the interdisciplinary journal AVANT and our invited researchers, to produce a special issue on the topic of Cognitive Innovation.

Off The Lip 2017: CogNovo Colloquium on Experiences and Applications of Cognitive Innovation will be a three-day event in which we discuss and disseminate the results of this interdisciplinary venture.

Keynotes and Talk


16 August 2017; 2 pm

Joel Pearson
UNSW Sydney
Weekend discovery: art, science and the human mind. Book my place

17 August 2017; 2 pm

Joel Pearson
The Science of Innovation Lab
The cognitive neuroscience of Innovation. Book my place

18 August 2017; 2 pm

Witold Wachowski
AVANT. Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies
From interdisciplinary research to interdisciplinary journals Book my place

Joel Pearson, one of the leading neuroscientists working on innovation and head of the Science of Innovation Lab in Sydney, will join us for this special event. We are delighted to announce that he will be delivering two keynote addresses at Off The Lip; the first will focus on art, science, and the human mind. As an entrepreneur, founder, and managing director, his second talk will place this research in an applied context, bridging the gap between science and industry.

We welcome members of the public, the local business community, and local researchers to join us for Joel Pearson’s keynote addresses. You can find us in the CogNovo workspace on the 3rd floor Link Building at Plymouth University. Register your attendance for free through Eventbrite.

Dr Joel Pearson – Weekend discovery: art, science and the human mind.

Keynote A: 16 August 2017, 2pm to 3pm, Link Building

From the art room to the science lab, how to maximise discovery using a agile science framework to measure and understand the human mind. Agile Science or lean startup for science is a methodology to practicing and reporting scientific discoveries. Instead of waiting for accidental discoveries, this iterative method fosters breakthroughs. Agile techniques have revolutionised the way industries work and is a well known secret behind the success of many global players as well as smaller start ups. In this talk Joel Pearson draws from his experience as an consultant for many start ups in Australia and around the world, his background as an artist and scientist, and the lessons he learned as a founder and director of research labs and companies.

If you are not an OTLip17 delegate but want to come to this talk, then please register for free.

Dr Joel Pearson – The cognitive neuroscience of Innovation

Keynote B: 17 August 2017, 2pm to 3pm, Link Building, 3rd floor

What is the Science of Innovation Lab? What we are doing and why? Here Joel will go over the basics of a cognitive neuroscience perspective of Innovation and how to apply this in the wild.

If you are not an OTLip17 delegate but want to come to this talk, then please register for free.

Joel Pearson (Associate Professor, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia)

Dr. Joel Pearson is a psychologist, neuroscientist, and public intellectual who works at the forefront of science, innovation, agile science and new mind measurement technologies. His research focuses on the mechanisms and application of mental imagery, hallucinations, decision-making, the science of intution, memory, metacognition, visual perception, learning, attention and awareness. He is the founder of the Pearson Lab for cognitive science at UNSW Sydney, which studies cognition through behavioural psychophysics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Please have a look at his TEDx talk to get an impression of his work.

Witold Wachowski – From interdisciplinary research to interdisciplinary journals

Talk: 18 August 2017, 2pm to 3pm, Link Building, 3rd floor

Interdisciplinarity in research seems to be an fruitful and widespread trend that results in innovation and breaks conceptual, methodological and technological barriers. This entails changes in the area of academic publications, as the examples of both old and new journals show us. In parallel, one talks about financial barriers, problems with a measure of degree of interdisciplinarity during evaluation, and even with understanding of the notion and thinking in its terms. It is worth considering these problems, keeping in mind the assessment of success rates of the interdisciplinary research projects, as well as consequences of integration of research.

If you are not an OTLip17 delegate but want to come to this talk, then please register for free.

Witold Wachoski (Executive Editor of AVANT, Institute of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw, Poland)

Witold Wachowski is the manager of the Avant Project, which serves as a platform for academic publishing, conferences and others. He is also a theorist of cognitive science and works on distributed cognition, social-cognitive interactions, affordances in design, sexual perception, as well as film perception.