Dr. Donald Glowinski
Senior researcher & lecturer

Donald Glowinski is a senior researcher in neuropsychology and lecturer. He is exploring the potential of music performance as a model for understanding emotions and group creativity. His work is now inspiring a new trend of applied research to improve team coordination and resilience in business or in extreme situations (e.g. doctors, firefighters). Currently hired as scientific advisor at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences  (University of Geneva – Campus Biotech), he is coordinating the Music & Science team. He also leads the new consortium responsible to investigate the cognitive and emotional impact of the DEMOS orchestras with the Philharmonie de Paris on hundreds of children ( ).


He is a strong supporter of translational and participatory science : science must lead to innovative tools, which can be easily used and developed by motivated people. He is now responsible to develop a new curriculum in psychology for Inter-professional training based on high-fidelity simulation. He also participates in many public activities (e.g., Montreux Jazz Festival, NIFFF Festival, Classeek Forum) to disseminate pieces of scientific knowledge to multidisciplinary audiences. He founded, a cultural think tank to anticipate the novel forms of music concerts within the framework of the Menuhin Competition Foundation.


His background covers scientific, humanistic academic studies and high-level musical training. - EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) MSc, in Cognitive Science, CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) MSc. in Music and Acoustics, Sorbonne-Paris IV MSc. in Philosophy. He completed his Phd in computing engineering at University of Genoa while developing the Casa Paganini – international Art-Science Center of excellence. He has been awarded the Prix pour la Vocation by the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and the Declic award by Fondation de France for his didactic projects on music and science.