About Us

The conference committee consists of:

  • Lindsay MacDonald (Chair of the Organising Committee)
  • Galina Paramei (Chair of the Programme Committee)
  • Lewis Griffin (Treasurer)
  • Katherine Curran (Secretary)
  • Janet Best (Social programme)
  • Danny Garside (Media)
  • Dimitris Mylonas (Visual Communication)


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Conference Overview

As with previous conferences in the PICS series, the aim is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for discussion of recent and ongoing research, presented so as to be accessible to scholars in other disciplines. We therefore welcome proposals for papers on colour studies from any area of interest, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • vision, perception, cognition, memory
  • linguistics, psycholinguistics
  • design, fashion
  • architecture, art, history, heritage, culture
  • imaging, computation, analysis, modelling
  • illumination, optics, photography, technology
  • conservation, chemistry, materials, surfaces

Authors are also encouraged to consider their own specialist colour expertise in the broader context of colour at the intersection of many disciplines. Following previous PICS practice, post-conference we have arranged to publish an edited book of full peer-reviewed papers with John Benjamins Amsterdam.

Along with four keynote speakers, the conference will include a single track of oral presentations (ca. 33) and up to three poster sessions / demonstrations. Oral presentations will be allocated 25 minutes per speaker (15 minutes for the presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion). Proposals for poster sessions and group sessions (of 3-5 papers) are also welcome. There will be a prize for the best poster.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Semir Zeki

University College London, UK

Professor Semir Zeki pioneered the study of the higher visual areas of the brain, and discovered, among other things, its colour and motion centres and hence the functional specialization within it. More recently, he has expanded his work to enquire into the neural correlates of aesthetic and artistic experience.

Dr. Carole Biggam

University of Glasgow, UK

Dr Biggam’s principal interest is the multidisciplinary study of Anglo-Saxon England, based particularly on the techniques of semantics and archaeology, and this has led to particular involvements in colour semantics, plant-names and building terminology.

Prof. Jan Koenderink

KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof Koenderink's research interests include "empirical psychophysics of visual perception, empirical cognitive science of perception, theoretical neurophysiology of the senses, theoretical cognitive science...

Dr. Kimberly Jameson

University of California, Irvine, USA

Dr Jameson is an expert in the fields of colour categorisation and naming, tetrachromatic vision, and the language and cognition of colour.


Early bird registration is now open!


You will be taken to the sign in/registration page of UCL online store.


  • 14 February 2016: Extended closing date for abstracts
  • 30 April 2016: Reviews complete
  • 14-16 September: Conference PICS 2016
  • 15 September: Conference Dinner

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Event Info


The early bird conference fee will be GBP200, with a reduced rate for students, undergraduate and postgraduate. We regret that we cannot offer any scholarships or other contributions to expenses. A separate delegate registration fee has to be paid for each paper or poster presented at PICS. One participant can be a co-author of multiple papers. It is not necessary for a co-author to pay if he or she does not attend the conference. Each participant at the conference should pay the appropriate registration fee, whether or not presenting a paper, and each paper presented must correspond to the payment of a separate registration fee. Please note that the Early Bird will be available until the 31st July 2016. After that date, prices will increase by 25%.


Please use the following link to download the conference programme:

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TripAdvisor is a good place to start. This link takes you to the Bloomsbury area. Clerkenwell, Fitzrovia and Marylebone are nearby with many hotels.

All oral sessions will take place at the Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, UCL. Oral presenters will be allocated 15 minutes for their presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers with the audience. All presenters should bring their slides to the conference room at least one hour before the start of their sessions to be uploaded onto the computer of the room. High definition (HD) projectors will be used for all oral sessions. Please apply widescreen formatting when preparing your slides (aspect ratio 16:9; resolution 1920 x 1080). Presentations should be in Microsoft PowerPoint, windows-based environment. Keynote or other presentation software users should export their presentation as .ppt, .pptx or as .pdf files. Presentations from your own devices are generally discouraged to ensure smooth running and should be only used in exceptional circumstances. If you have a technical question or concerns, please contact Dimitris Mylonas
There will be three poster sessions, one per day of the conference. Posters are requested as A0 portrait (841 x 1189 mm 33.1 x 46.8 in). Posters will be hung with pins, to be provided by the conference organisers. Presenters are requested to hang their poster first thing on the day on which they are to be presented. All poster sessions will take place in the Darwin Building, UCL. Storage for posters will be made available if required. If transport of a poster to the conference is to be particularly problematic, there is poster printing available at UCL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/creative-media/printing - £44 + VAT for paper, £50 + VAT for fabric), please contact UCL Digital Media Services directly: 020 3108 9347 or posters@ucl.ac.uk . If you have any questions, please contact Danny Garside
The course shall be delivered on the Monday afternoon and Tuesday (full day) preceding PICS (12th/13th September 2016) at the National Gallery in London. Today’s medium-format cameras and lighting have the capabilities to extend an imaging studio’s services beyond delivering a single RGB image. This is achieved using cameras that record more than RGB, that is, multi-spectral cameras, using lights in different locations and recording sequential images, and physically based rendering. This 11⁄2-day workshop will teach photographers the principles and applications of color science, multi-spectral imaging, and multi-light imaging. More Info or Sign Up


Event Location

University College London (UCL)
Darwin Building
UCL Bloomsbury campus
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Email: info@pics2016.uk

The closest tube stations to UCL’s Gower Street site are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line). More information and a journey planner can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/tube