Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers

Professor Morten L. Kringelbach, Oxford University

Professor Morten L Kringelbach is the director of the Hedonia research group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prize-winning research seeks to understand the pleasure system (hedonia) in the human brain to find the best ways to increase well-being (eudaimonia). His research uses whole-brain computational models to understand the pleasure afforded by, for example, infants, music, art and flavour, and features regularly in newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

Morten has a special interest in improving the public understanding of science and to link science with art; for example exploring “The Writer’s Brain” (with Dame AS Byatt) and creating sculptures such as “Pain/Pleasure” from brain data (with Annie Cattrell). He has written 14 books including “The Pleasure Center” and “Emotion. Pleasure and pain in the brain”. He is a fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford, of the Association for Psychological Science, on the advisory board of Scientific American and a board member of the world’s first Empathy Museum.

Keingart - Space Activators

Flemming Overgaard & Maria Keinicke Davidsen, Keingart

Keingart make people move and develop sports facilities and active public spaces for the future. We see ourselves as agents of change and believe in design as a tool for creating possibilities for people. Through projects with hybrid programmes, we combine activities in new ways and stage transcendent environments with unique ambiences. We connect the shells of existing buildings to the physical action requirements of the future. We transform old sports halls into vibrant activity centres with inviting facilities for a broad range of users. Urban spaces change character when we conspicuously move into the gaps and establish exciting spaces that invite activity. At Keingart we create kinetic spaces.

Maria Keinicke Davidsen has an extended professional experience in developing sport’s buildings and active public spaces. She focuses on creating atmospheric universes that invite activity, in which, motion is a naturally integrated and fun experience for the user.

Flemming Overgaard is driven by design processes that produce unpredictable and exceptional projects. He focuses on eliminating the contradictions that appear to exist between users, architects and builders. Flemming works to develop new designs and the wondrous sports facilities and active public spaces of the future.