Change Your Frame of Reference - Be Present for PINC December 10th to Feed Your Brain, Soul and Senses

SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Presented by Ringling College of Art and Design, PINC.Sarasota (People, Ideas, Nature and Creativity) returns to Sarasota on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 for one remarkable day of discovery. PINC challenges, delights, educates and opens our minds to the infinite possibilities within us all.

Now in its second year, PINC features 16 outstanding international speakers renowned for their extreme passion for what they do. PINC is designed to inspire participants with creativity and innovation.

Photo gallery from the first PINC Sarasota

Register now and assure your place at the table for this feast for your mind, soul and senses. In addition to our exceptional speaker lineup you'll also enjoy dynamic intermezzos ranging from music to acrobatics, plus three fantastic meals throughout the day plus tea and coffee breaks. Last year we delighted in flavors ranging from local Mote Marine caviar to lobster rolls, duck rillettes, grapefruit cotton candy and sea urchin popsicles.

"We're incredibly thrilled to bring PINC back to Sarasota. To see this extraordinary event in our city for a second time couldn't have happened without the commitment and support of the community. This year will see the likes of a Professor of Space Law, the Senior Sound Engineer for BMW, a world-champion whistler, a world-renowned pianist, and the founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, just to name a handful. The lineup is spectacular and one you're not going to want to miss!" - Anand Pallegar, Director of PINC Conferences.

"It's not how creative you are, but how you are creative. When you hear these stories, they make you think differently and look at your own life and career in a new way. And from there the possibilities grow. This is what makes PINC so stimulating for everybody; audience and speakers alike." - Nelleke Van Lindonk, PINC Co-Founder

"PINC is anything but a typical conference – no business leadership power points, no grab bag full of pens and notepads, no sad, soggy sandwich served midday. This is PINC. And it is incredible, which is why we are honored to help bring PINC to Sarasota," said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President of the Ringling College of Art and Design. "At Ringling College we treasure and nurture the creative spark, and if last year is any indication, in one very special day PINC attendees will enjoy a veritable bonfire of creative inspiration."


Frans von der Dunk, Professor of Space Law (NL)

This Professor of Space Law is the founder and director of Black Holes Consultancy, which focuses on the laws and policy of space. He named his company after Pink Floyd's 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond.'

Joost Elffers, Writer (NL)

This designer, writer, and publisher has tackled every topic from Norman Schwarzkopf to How The Dutch Cut Their Cheese, as well as bringing Tangram puzzles and the Big Books of Horoscopes and Relationships to the world at large.

Marc Abrahams, Founder Ig Nobel Prize(USA)

A scientist who has dedicated his life to the promotion of improbable research in all scientific fields, Abrahams found the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, a Harvard University event which honors scientific achievements that make people laugh then think.

Emar Vegt, Sound Engineer for BMW (DE)

Vegt is a Senior Sound Engineer whose contributions lend themselves to BMW's signature sounds - everything from the tick-tock of the indicator to the gentle sound of the closing of the car door.

Peter Brugger, Neuropsychologist (CH)

The head of Neuroscience at the University of Zurich, Peter hunts for the connection behind coincidences and the nervous system.

Chris Linder, Oceanographer (USA)

Chris has documented more than forty scientific expeditions which have graced many magazines covers and have been exhibited in some of the world's leading museums.

Geert Chatrou, Whistling World Champion (NL)

This guy is full of wind. Geert is a musician of many instruments, but it's his mouth which has blown audiences away. This world champion whistler has whistled several film scores, commercials, albums and even audiobooks for children.

Daphne Miller, Author and Associate Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco (USA)

Miller is an internationally recognized speaker in the emerging field of medical ecology. Her writings can be found in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vogue, The Guardian UK and Harvard Medical Magazine, among others.

Wiebe Wieling, President of the Eleven Cities Tour (NL)

Wiebe Wieling is the president of the Koninklijke Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden (the Royal Organization of the Eleven Cities Tour), a 200 kilometer race on natural ice, which attracts millions of fans and media to the otherwise not so crowded province of Friesland.

John Oschsenddorf, Professor of Architecture (USA)

A structural Engineer from MIT, John has researched great works of construction from Roman vaults to Mayan arches to Incan suspension bridges. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (2007), a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council (2011), and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient (2008).

Daria van den Bercken, World-renowned Pianist (NL)

Daria boasts a rather impressive resume including winning the Concertgebouw Vriendenkrans Prize 2005, the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2006 and 2008. She has performed at the Virada Cultural Festival, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the International Gergiev Festival, as well as this year's Henley and Petworth Festivals in London.

John Bush, Professor of Applied Mathematics MIT (USA)

This fluid dynamicist illustrates the hydrodynamic quantum analogue system reminiscent of early model quantum dynamics proposed by Louis de Broglie. What? Right. You'll just have to come to PINC to find out what that really means.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society (UK)

Gavin pledges to 'fight blue-sky thinking' by bringing awareness to the beauty of clouds. 10 years in and the Society is going strong with 38,000 members in 106 countries and counting.

Samuel Orr, Nature Documentarian (USA)

Forest ecology never looked so cool. Samuel specializes in award-winning time-lapse photography that is so mesmerizing it'll make you swoon.

Diederick Kraaijeveld, Artist (NL)

This Dutch artist creates icons plucked from contemporary diaspora. This year, a 200-mile trek serves as the inspiration for his next works.


Presenting Partner
Ringling College of Art and Design

Community Partners
atLarge, Inc.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
IMG Academy
Michael Saunders & Company
Sarasota Magazine
Selby Gardens

Media Supporters
Herald Tribune
SRQ Magazine

Culinary Partners
Owens Fishcamp

About PINC Conferences

People, Ideas, Nature, and Creativity have been the heartbeat of this unique European conference since 1999. An inspiring cascade of new ideas, great stories, and impressive visual presentations, delivered by a superb selection of 16 national and international speakers from every discipline, has shaped a truly extraordinary event. Past speakers include Temple Grandin, Art Editor of The New Yorker Françoise Mouly, Stefan Sagmeister, and NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, to name a few.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging, Creative Writing (pending SACSOC approval), Critical and Visual Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida's Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 54 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. Visit the Ringling College website, or follow Ringling College on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information.

Take Part In PINC

"A conference is as good as its audience." PINC's motto, from day one, indicates the collaboration between the speakers and the guests. Whether on stage or in the seats, this conference aims to bring together thought leaders, innovators, creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, specialists, designers, artists, scientists, and people looking to stimulate their mind, heart, and brain.

If you want to be inspired, you want to be at PINC.

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CONTACT: Rich Schineller 941.780.8100 Megan Greenberg 941.228.5357 mg@largeinc.comSource:Ringling College of Art and Design