Mysterious workings of young minds explored at Creative Collisions

9 Mar 2017

Leading youth sector conference announces programme for 2017

The complex workings of the young adolescent mind will be explored at Creative Collisions 2017 – as renowned neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore presents a keynote address at this year’s biggest youth sector event on 03 May in London.

Recent research reveals that the part of the brain which handles planning, self-awareness, analysis of consequences and behavioural choices develops more slowly during adolescence and affects aspects such as risk-taking, peer pressure and learning, providing a greater insight on how best to work with young people. Professor Blakemore’s TED Talk on the adolescent brain received over 2 million views, highlighting the interest and importance of this research on our understanding of young people today.

Named as one of 30 under 45 in The Times Young Female Power List, Professor Blakemore will address 600 young people and youth sector professional at Creative Collisions, to stimulate wider discussions about how youth organisations can better target their work to speak to young people’s growing, changing brains. Following her talk, she will be joined by a panel of experts for a question and answer session focusing on mental health issues for young people.

Today’s announcement comes as Creative Collisions publishes its inspiring programme. Breakout panels, debates and workshops will be focused around four distinct themes: Social Mobility, Identity, Youth Engagement and Skills for the Future.

Creative Collisions 2017 is a partnership of nine leading youth charities and will bring together more than 600 people from across the sector, including youth workers, volunteers, sector experts and young people. Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, Creative Collisions will debate some of the big issues facing young people today and address how the youth sector should best respond to support them.

Organisers UK Youth, The Scout Association, Girlguiding, Ambition, Leap Confronting Conflict, National Citizen Service, National Youth Agency, The Mix, and VInspired will speak with one collective voice and set an agenda for positive action after the event. Creative Collisions will identify innovative ways the youth sector can bridge the gap between young people and the world around them – through technology, sharing best practice, and finding ways to collaborate on the ground.

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP will attend and show his support for the youth sector and its collective policy aims – alongside many other inspiring speakers and expert panelists.

More than 150 free tickets have been made available to those aged 16-25. Tickets are available to purchase by visiting