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AIC Colour Congress 2013

Date: July 8, 2013 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: The Sage Gateshead


  • Bringing Colour to Life


    The SDC is delighted to be the major sponsor of the AIC Congress 2013.  This unique forum of colour practitioners is held every four years.  Our presence includes: sponsorship of a special symposium on Sustainable Coloration, with SDC  members as invited speakers, an exclusive networking lunch for invited guests, and an exhibition stand and poster presentation.  Our symposium and networking lunch both take place on 9th July – please let us know if you plan to attend!

    The AIC (Association Internationale de la Couleur) is an association made up of colour societies from all over the world, including:

    • Argentina • Australia • Brazil
    • Bulgaria • Chile • China
    • Finland • France • Germany
    • Great Britain • Hungary • Italy
    • Japan • Korea • Mexico
    • The Netherlands • Poland • Portugal
    • Slovenia • South Africa • Spain
    • Sweden • Switzerland • Taiwan
    • Thailand • United States

    The AIC Congress is held every four years, and is the only colour conference in the world that promotes all facets of colour. Since the first congress in Stockholm, Sweden in 1969, the congress has been hosted at locations all over the world including Monaco, the USA, Germany, Japan, and the last AIC congress in 2009, held in Sydney, Australia. The congress provides a unique forum bringing together colour practitioners, researchers, academics, designers, lighting experts, and business leaders from all over the world in the aim of sharing ideas, interacting and learning of recent advances in their field of expertise.

    The AIC has objectives to encourage research in all aspects of colour, to disseminate knowledge gained from this research and promote its application to the solution of problems within the fields of science, art, design and industry.


    Thursday 11 July

  • Keynote speakers include:

    Monday 8 July

    Andrew Parker (Natural History Museum, UK)

    The role of colour in the evolution of plants, animals and vision

    Born in 1967 in England, Professor Andrew Parker moved to Australia in 1990 where he spent ten years studying marine biology and physics. On returning to the UK as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Oxford University in 1999, he worked on colour, vision, biomimetics and evolution. In 2000, based on his ‘Light Switch Theory’ for the cause of the Big Bang in evolution, he was selected as one of the top eight scientists in the UK as a ‘Scientist for the New Century’ by The Royal Institution (London).

    The Light Switch Theory holds that the Big Bang of evolution, 520 million years ago, was triggered by the evolution of the eye. This is the preferred solution to the most dramatic event in the history of life, most famously supported by Francis Crick (co-discoverer of the structure of DNA).

    Today he works at Green Templeton College (University of Oxford). He is also Research Leader at The Natural History Museum, London and a Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University – China’s foremost material science institution. Most recently he has been made a Professor at the Institute of Life Sciences in Swansea.

    Andrew Parker’s scientific research centres on the evolution of vision and on biomimetics – extracting good design from nature. He has copied the natural nanotechnology behind the metallic-like wings of butterflies and iridescence of hummingbirds to produce commercial products such as security devices (that can’t be copied) and non-reflective surfaces for solar panels (providing a 10% increase in energy capture). The water capture device he discovered on Namibian beetles is under development as a commercial device and to collect clean drinking water in Africa.

    He wrote the popular science books In the Blink of an Eye and Seven Deadly Colours (Simon & Schuster), and regularly speaks at literary/arts festivals as well as scientific institutions. He has given the annual Hewlett Packard lecture on evolution and the Stanford University annual physics lecture on optical biomimetics, and has held an honorary position at MIT on biomimetics.

    In 2003 the US Assistant Secretary for Defence and other senior Pentagon officials set up a team to produce predictive software based on the subject of In the Blink of an Eye. It was believed that the Light Switch Theory, which covers the sudden introduction of the greatest weapon of all (vision), could be converted to a computer programme to analyse defence scenarios. This “systems biomimetics” project is on going.

    Tuesday 9 July

    Fiona Jenvey (CEO, Mudpie Ltd)
    Colour Trend Forecasting Intelligence

    Fiona Jenvey is one of the world’s most famous speakers on trend intelligence. As CEO of Mudpie she is much in demand to speak at fashion, trend and innovation events worldwide as she advises brands, retailers, and international trade organisations on innovation. Considered one of the world’s leading trend forecasters, Fiona Jenvey founded Mudpie in 1992 and is the creative director of the Mudpie trend books and editorial director of the online trend service

    Fiona is a fascinating speaker on trend intelligence and covers creative insight, fashion trend forecasting and consumer intelligence at events worldwide. As a trend analyst Fiona examines both short and long term trends based on Politics, economics, cultural, creative and social trends.

    Fiona comments: “fashion is forecast not by the runway (other than very short term) but by factors that drive social change. In fact the most notable designers work in the same way we do, this means that our clients bring out the right product concurrently with the world’s leading designers rather than the season after. As a forecaster Mudpie is unique in the way we develop our trend insights which makes our services widely used within the fashion and creative industries. Many trend forecasters ‘forget’ to be commercial, it is important to remember that nothing is fashionable until people understand the trend enough to start wearing it.”

    Mudpie offers a wide portfolio of services to creative industries worldwide. As the CEO of Mudpie Fiona Jenvey is an industry consultant to some of the world’s largest brands. Having worked as a commercial designer for many years Fiona’s ability to combine commercial design with future trends has made Mudpie the most commercial company within the trend forecasting industry. With an international network spanning 50 countries and branded offices in 17 locations, including Europe, Asia, and the Americas, Mudpie trend information has a huge influence on the future of product design. Fiona has contributed to a wide range of academic publications on fashion trends and is currently working on two books. Fiona lives on the south coast (UK) with her husband Andrew who is Chief Operating Officer of Mudpie and their two daughters.

    Wednesday 10 July

    JUDD Awardee – Roy Berns (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA)

    Conversations with an Artist

    Roy S. Berns is the Richard S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Appearance, and Technology and Director of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory within the Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. At RIT, he developed both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Color Science and established RIT as an international resource for color science education and research. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Textiles from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. degree in
    Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His primary research is the imaging, archiving, and reproduction of the total appearance of artwork.

    Thursday 11 July

    Speaker – TBC

    Friday 12 July

    Stephen Palmer (Berkeley, USA)

    Colour, Music, and Emotion

    Stephen E. Palmer (BA: Princeton, 1970; PhD: UCSD, 1975) has been Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley since 1974 and served as Director of the Institute of Cognitive Studies from 1990 to 2000. He is well known for both his classic research on perceptual organization and his more recent studies of visual aesthetics, as well as his seminal, interdisciplinary textbook, Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology (MIT Press, 1999). He recently co-edited a volume titled, Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience (Oxford University Press, 2011) and is currently writing an interdisciplinary book about color, tentatively titled, Reversing the Rainbow: Reflections on Color and Consciousness.

    John McCann (USA)
    Closing address and retrospective on colour appearance
    John McCann received a B.A. degree in Biology from Harvard University in 1964. He worked in, and later managed, the Vision Research Laboratory at Polaroid from 1961 to 1996. He currently consults and continues to do research on color. He has studied human color vision, digital image processing, large format instant photography and the reproduction of fine art. His 130 publications have studied Retinex theory, color from rod/Lcone interactions at low light levels, appearance and intraocular scatter, and HDR imaging.

    He is a Fellow of the Society of Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He received the SID Certificate of Commendation and is the IS&T/OSA 2002 Edwin H. Land Medalist, and IS&T 2005 Honorary Member. He is past President of IS&T and the Artists Foundation, Boston. He served as Secretary of the Inter-Society Color Council, the USA Member body of AIC. In 2012 with Alessandro Rizzi, he published The Art and Science of HDR Imaging, a Wiley / I&ST book.

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