Сonference «Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) in contemporary academic context» 1-2 December 2022

Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University Philosophy of Education Department

Moscow TRIZ Club

Dear colleagues,

You are invited to participate in the conference with international participation

Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) in the Contemporary Academic Context

December 01-02, 2022 (Thursday and Friday)

Online on the ZOOM platform

TRIZ (abbreviated from the Russian for “theory of inventive problem-solving”) is a methodology for the management of engineering systems development created in the USSR and based on the principles of Soviet Marxism. The first paper on TRIZ, “On the Psychology of the Inventor’s Creativity”, was published by its originators, Genrich Altshuller and Raphael Shapiro, in 1956 (“Problems of Psychology” (ISSN: 0042–8841), No. 6, 1956. pp. 37–49). The theory has gained popularity in over 60 countries and has found practical application in hundreds of global corporations. The world has hundreds of thousands of TRIZ specialists, and books on the methodology have been published in all major languages. TRIZ is taught in more than 140 educational institutions all over the world, with three to five regional and global Research-to-Practice TRIZ Conferences held annually.

The purpose of the Conference is to create a space for a comprehensive expert review and actualization of TRIZ issues and achievements in the context of advances made in various academic disciplines (the history of philosophy, the philosophy of creativity, the philosophy of creative personality) and identify promising lines of research and development for the Russian and international academic community.

The preliminary agenda of the Conference includes:

  • The rationale of the classic TRIZ (“Soviet Marxism”): its past and future
  • The post-Soviet school of critical Marxism and its development issues
  • The early history of TRIZ: the establishment of the Marxist paradigm Genrich Altshuller’s predecessors
  • The notion of creativity: a TRIZ perspective and contemporary models
  • Creative personality in TRIZ: an insider look and the observer perspective

The Conference welcomes contributions from practitioners and developers working with TRIZ and other thinking technologies, philosophers, cultural studies scholars, sociologists, and teachers – everyone interested in discussing the issues listed above and elaborating research and development programs in the indicated areas.

Information for speakers and participants

Official languages of the Conference: Russian, English. Oral presentations will be delivered in Russian with simultaneous interpretation into English.

Participation mode #1 (keynote presentation): a 60-minute presentation (including a 15-minute Q&A session).

Participation mode #2 (auxiliary presentation): a 5-7 minute presentation following the delivery of the keynote presentations.

Participation mode #3 (no presentation): access to all Conference events via the ZOOM platform in real-time, opportunity to contribute to online discussions in line with the rules of procedure, and access to recordings and presentation materials provided within a month after the event. 

Participation in the event is free of charge but requires registration in advance (see email address below).

The official email address for correspondence, presentation applications, and registration is MSU-TRIZ.2022@yandex.ru. Please include “MSU – TRIZ Conference.2022” in the message subject.

Registration is also available on the mostrizclub.com website. After the event, a collection of Conference materials will be made available in digital format

Conference program





DECEMBER 1ST
Topic of the day: The Marxist rationale and TRIZ: its past and future
12:30 – 12:50 (GMT +3)Participants join the broadcast. Technical support available
12:50 – 13:00Opening remarks by the Organizing CommitteeDmitry Bakhturin, Organizing Committee Chairperson
Elena Bryzgalina, Organizing Committee Co-Chairperson
13:00 – 14:00“Soviet” Marxism: A modern perspective
Mikhail Maslin, Dr. Sc. (Philosophy), Professor, Chair of the Department of History of Russian Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University
14:00 – 15:00“Western” 21st-century Marxism: Trends, problems, and potentialAndrey Kolganov, Dr. Sc. (Economics), Professor at the Laboratory of Comparative Studies of Economic and Social Systems, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University 
15:00 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:30The post-Soviet school of critical Marxism: The potential of solving development problemsOlga Barashkova, Cand. Sc. (Economics), Senior Teacher at the Laboratory of Comparative Studies of Economic and Social Systems, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
16:30 – 17:30The Marxist TRIZ paradigm: Establishment and developmentDmitry Bakhturin, certified TRIZ expert, head of the Moscow TRIZ Club
17:30 – 18:30Auxiliary reports, questions and answers, discussionModerators
Dmitry Bakhturin, Elena Bryzgalina
DECEMBER 2NDTopic of the day: Creativity and creative personality
12:40 – 12:50 (GMT +3)Participants join the broadcast. Technical support available
13:00 – 14:00Contemporary creativity concepts: Multiversality, enactivism, bricolageElena Knyazeva, Dr. Sc. (Philosophy), Professor at the School of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Higher School of Economics National Research University
14:00 – 15:00“Creativity as heroism” and “Creativity as an exact science”: Genrich Altshuller’s basic principlesDmitry Bakhturin, certified TRIZ expert, head of the Moscow TRIZ Club
15:00 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:30Genrich Altshuller: The creative personality development theoryLyubov Kozhevnikova, Senior Librarian of Chelyabinsk Regional Academic and Research Library, Keeper of the TRIZ Resources Collection of Chelyabinsk Regional Academic and Research Library
16:30 – 17:30The logic and ethics of a Soviet inventor: On the sociology of the TRIZ communityZinaida Vasilieva, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Technical University of Munich, Department of Science, Technology, and Society
17:30 – 18:30Auxiliary reports, questions and answers, discussionModerators
Dmitry Bakhturin, Elena Bryzgalina
18:30 – 18:45Closing remarks by the Organizing CommitteeDmitry Aleksandrovich Bakhturin, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee
Elena Vladimirovna Bryzgalina, Co-Chairperson of the Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

  1. Dmitry Bakhturin, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, Head of the Moscow TRIZ Club
  2. Elena Bryzgalina, Co-Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, Chairperson of the Program Committee, Cand. Sc. (Philosophy), Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  3. Dmitry Zaitsev, Deputy Dean for Science, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  4. Aleksei Kozyrev, Acting Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  5. Oleg Feigerson, TRIZ Master, President of the MATRIZ Official International Association

Official address of the event:

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Shuvalovsky Academic and Scientific Building, Faculty of Philosophy, room G-359, Philosophy of Education Department, Leninskie Gory, 119234 Moscow, Russia

Organizational information

The executive body of the event is the Moscow TRIZ Club non-profit association headed by Dmitry Bakhturin. The executive body bears full responsibility for the organization and holding of the Conference, which includes sending out information letters, communicating with speakers and participants, assisting participants and speakers with joining the online event, moderating the working sessions, preparing and sending out deliverables, raising funds, and covering the expenses associated with holding the Conference and preparing the collection of its materials for subsequent publication.

Registration for the event