September, 22nd – 23rd 2016
University of Tuebingen, Alte Physik and Kupferbau

Colour is an outstanding feature of our visual world, and serves multiple purposes, ranging from the simple enhancement of image contrast, to object detection and recognition, communication, signalling and navigation.

The aim of the international Summerschool „Colouring the Future“ is to introduce the participants to the diverse aspects of the topic „Colour“. The Summerschool will focus

  1. on human colour perception, and its neuronal foundations in the brain, including the cognitive influences and the development of colour preferences
  2. the representation of colour in the visual systems of animals
  3. on applied aspects of colour, such as the impact of colourin the modern media (movies, animations, webdesign), illustrating outstanding examples of the artistic use and communicative expression through colour.

Participants will also take part in the conference „Colour in Mind“ and attend the conference keynotes and expert talks addressing the main topics of the Summerschool. This will offer the opportunity „to mingle“ and get in contact with senior researchers and other professionals working in applied colour science.

The Summerschool addresses primarily young academics (PhDs, Postdocs, graduate students) working in the field of neuroscience, medicine, informatics, media sciences or any other research area related to colour. PhD students and Postdocs are encouraged to present their own work in a talk (15 min) or a poster. For application and further information see Talks and Posters below.

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>> Program & Abstracts


Thursday - 22nd September

8:30 - 9:00 Registration (@ conference venue)

9:00 - 10:00 Wellcome (@ conference venue)

10:00 - 11:00 Uhr

Keynote: Mechanisms of Colour Perception: From Cones to Cognition via Constancy

Prof. Karl Gegenfurtner, Ph.D.

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 Panel A/Part 1
Colour perception and its neural foundations

conference talks: Cortical colour processes (B. Conway, A. Bartels)

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 15.00 Panel A/Part 2
Colour perception and its neural foundations

Talks and discussions by participants

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 16.30 Panel B/Part 1
Biological significance of colour: colour vision and communication in the animal kingdom

Conference talks: colour pathways in mammals and insects (K. Arikawa, Euler)

17:00 - 18:00 Uhr

Keynote: Colour Vision in dim Light

Prof. Dr. Almut Kelber

18.30 - 20.00 Panel B/Part 2
Biological significance of colour: colour vision and communication in the animal kingdom

Talks and discussions by participants.

Friday - 23nd September

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote: Origins of Colour Preferences

Prof. Anna Franklin, Ph.D.

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Panel C/Part 1
Colour preferences: origins and models

Conference talks: Colour in the japanese culture (K. Yokosawa, R. Horres)

11:30 - 13:30 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15

Keynote: Disney Animation and the Wonderful World of Colour

Prof. Kirsten Thompson, Ph.D.

and Karl-Miescher Award Ceremony

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch break

14:15 - 15.45 Panel C/Part 2
Colour preferences: origins and models

Talks and discussions by participants

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 - 17:15 Panel D
Display and effect of colour in art, film and animation

Talks and discussions by participants

17:15 - 17:30 Coffee break

17:30 – 18:30 Uhr

Keynote: The Colour of Paintings in a Contemporary Light

Prof. Anya Hurlbert, Ph.D.

18:30 - 19:00 Final discussion: Future directions in colour research

Good Bye