Our NSMD Probe Lab is all about interdisciplinary design and innovation. Since 2014 we have been intersecting neuroscience and design to develop probes and environments for improved health and wellbeing, and novel, futuristic, ground-breaking cognitive, emotional, and behavioural experiences and outcomes. Read more
Dr Melanie Flory
MELANIE IS CONSULTANT AND ADVISOR TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED CREATIVE COMPANIES, THOUGHT LEADERS AND CUTTING-EDGE ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES.
She partners with some of the world’s most disruptive companies – from global brands to founder-led start-ups.
Melanie served as Psychologist, Neuroscientist, and Research Lead at the Ministry of Defence (UK), University of Westminster (London) and the Surrey Trauma Service prior to establishing MindRheo. Her clinical, academic, and research career involved working in multi-disciplinary teams across Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East, specialising in human brain connectivity and its relationship to behaviour. Working collaboratively, she builds products and services that activate utilisation of neuroplasticity to unlearn specific thought and behaviour patterns, whilst creating new ones. Her expertise includes neuro-connective storytelling, futures scenario building, and group-plasticity optimisation.
Melanie is a well-appreciated speaker on neuroscience and business, and the leverage-effect of multi-disciplinary research and collaboration.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
June 24, 2022
MindRheo sponsors a Helen Hamlyn Award for Systems Design
The annual Helen Hamlyn Design Awards at the Royal College of Art award the most creative, people-centred and inclusive RCA graduate projects. This year, MindRheo is sponsoring a student award for Best Systems Design Approach to Complex Societal Problems. To find out who won, join us on Wednesday 29th June, 5-6.15pm at the Royal College of Art. Book a free place via Eventbrite. RSVP is essential.
March 4, 2022
#AXSChat with Rama Gheerawo and Melanie Flory
Melanie Flory joins a panel discussion on Inclusive Leadership, hosted by Neil Milliken for the AXSChat community – an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world who believe that accessibility is for everyone.
January 10, 2022
Design.Wicked: A Design-led Approach to Tackling Wicked Problems
On January 10, 2022, as part of the Helen Hamlyn’s Design.Different series of events, Melanie Flory hosted a panel discussion which brought together thought leaders from across sectors and disciplines to present their perspectives and experiences on the role of design in tackling wicked problems. Watch the recording here.
March 14, 2021
Creative Leadership: design meets neuroscience to transform leadership
A paper co-authored by Melanie Flory, Ninela Ivanova and Rama Gheerawo. The paper was first presented at the Proceedings of the 22nd dmi: Academic Design Management Conference (dmi: ADMC2020): Impact the Future by Design, Toronto, Canada (online), and was then published in the dmi Journal, Vol.15.
JANUARY 4, 2021
Melanie Flory heads research at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
A great start to a new year – our Founding Director Dr Melanie Flory has been appointed Research Director at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at London’s Royal College of Art. She is the first neuroscientist to be employed by the RCA.
Her role involves leading the growth and development of the Centre’s inclusive design and creative leadership research and knowledge exchange portfolios, as well as co-developing and launching the Centre’s first doctoral and Master’s by research programmes (2022–3). She is the neuroscience lead on the Centre’s creative leadership project. She has a strong focus on fostering and incorporating the Centre’s inclusive design methods in cross-disciplinary research, innovation and knowledge exchange programmes and projects, with the RCA’s four Schools and other Research Centres.
OCTOBER 16, 2020
Creative Leaders Circle: A Call to Action
On Thu 16 October, Melanie interviewed Rama Gheerawo – Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (Royal College of Art) – on his personal journey to arriving at a Creative Leadership model based on Empathy, Clarity and Creativity. Watch a recording of the session here.
OCTOBER 15, 2020
Inclusive Design: Business Value and Pathways
On Thu 15 October, Melanie Flory joined an interdisciplinary panel at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (Royal College of Art) to explore the role of design in evolving business models and processes for post-pandemic recovery. Watch a recording of the session here.
MARCH 19, 2020
Women of Presence Masterclass in London
1st time in the UK. Women of Presence Masterclass. March 2020. Limited registration – book early to avoid disappointment. Understand the purpose of building your unique personal and professional presence in an increasingly uncertain 4IR workplace. Read more and book.
December 11-12, 2019
Design Meets Neuroscience: Future directions for developing and implementing design probes
A book chapter co-authored by MindRheo’s Founding Director Melanie Flory and designer Ninela Ivanova. This chapter originally appeared as a paper at the Design Research for Change (DR4C) 2019 Symposium that was held at the Design Museum, and was later published in Rodgers, Paul A., (ed.) Design Research for Change. Lancaster University, Lancaster, pp. 93-109. ISBN 978 1 86220 369 3. Read the full article.
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
Unexpected Interludes: Creative Imagination and Emotional Intelligence
This Thu 14 Nov at 7pm we are returning to the Wellcome Reading Rooms on Level 2 for an open #EmoT workshop on creative imagination and emotional intelligence. Read more and join in.
July 9, 2019
Future Directions: Design Meets Neuroscience
Melanie Flory and Ninela Ivanova write about their collaboration across design and neuroscience at the Design Management Institute’s dmi:Review publication: “Design thinking can find much material in the fields of psychology and neuroscience research, while neuroscience can benefit from design’s potential to influence and engage human beings. The authors of this article found that they had a lot to say to each other.” Read the full article.
OCTOBER 10, 2019
Emo-T: Creative Imagination and Emotional Intelligence
Do your emotions control you, or do you control your emotions? Join us at 3 p.m. today at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room on Level 2 for a fun mini-workshop.
June 19, 2019
Transformation: Arts <> Cities <> Mobility <> Products <> Services <> Technology
4 July 2019. Join our Founding Director Dr Melanie Flory at the Royal College of Art (London) cross-college symposium. Melanie will give a keynote on Brains In The City: Neuroscience and Urban Design and join a panel discussion on ‘Transforming Cities and Societies’. Read more and watch a recording of the session.
MARCH 31, 2019
A year ago, our Founding Director Melanie Flory joined the Creative Leadership team at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at London’s Royal College of Art as a neuroscience project partner and advisor. See what the team have been up to, and hear from Melanie about the role of neuroscience in leadership research and education.
NOVEMBER 23, 2018
The Neuroscience of Thanksgiving
Last night, Melanie was invited to present at a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner hosted by The Pop. Check it out Instagram.
AUGUST 1, 2018
Melanie joins a panel on multi-sensory design @ Royal College of Art
JUNE 25, 2018
GFX Swap + Pop Up Talks
V&A, SouthKen, Exhibition Rd Entrance via The Slacker Courtyard. Sunday 1st July. Not to be missed! A day of clothes swap and pop-up talks. The business of transforming one of the most polluting industries in the world – textiles! https://tinyurl.com/y76gzquc
JULY 1, 2017
Fashion, Enterprise, and New Futures
Can new thinking and new choices in fashion change the world? Read more
JUNE 17, 2017
Join Melanie at CFE FashTech Meetup 11
The event is free, but registration is essential.
APRIL 8, 2016
Saimir Pirgu: Inside the Mind of an Operatic Prodigy
Acclaimed by audiences and critics around the world, Saimir Pirgu is a world-renowned tenor whose performances range from Macduff in Macbeth of Verdi acclaim, to Roméo in Charles-François Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. […]
I met Saimir in London during his portrayal of Verdi’s Alfredo in La Traviata and had the privilege of dining with him and a few of his close friends at the end of the evening. After a energy-sapping performance, this man was alive, vibrant, and full of fun. Read more