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 three 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

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! The PICS conference dinner will be held on Thursday 17th September at Searcy's Restaurant at the St. Pancras Hotel, which features the longest champagne bar in Europe. Before it commences at 7.30 pm, there will be the opportunity for a guided tour of the historic St. Pancras building which features outstanding 19th-century neogothic architecture with fine decoration, all recently restored. The tour will cost £20 and the dinner £60 per person.


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.


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