UWE experts bring colour to Europe

Issue date: 12 February 2007


UWE experts bring colour to Europe Colour impacts everywhere and the sophistication of printing techniques used to dye textiles, produce commercial posters, provide artists with bespoke imaging, maintaining quality of colour and image and development of archival inks, is moving so fast that there is a need to consolidate expertise.

Colour experts from the University of the West of England are leading a major European project called CREATE (Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Employment) to explore how artists, designers, scientists and technologists can work together to improve colour, colour digital devices and print applications. CREATE is a collaboration between eight European Universities and the project has won funding of half a million Euros from The Marie Curie Programme (Framework 6) to facilitate knowledge sharing amongst researchers, colour experts and industry.

Carinna Parraman from the world renown Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), University of the West of England, UK, explains, “CREATE presents us with a unique opportunity to develop a pan-European network of training projects and conferences bringing together European colour groups so that experts can exchange and disseminate knowledge through specialist conferences held in each participating country”.

The application of digital colour is used in many commercial, industrial and academic sectors: from digital television to graphic design. One of the fastest growth areas, for example, is the colour sector relating to digital photography and inkjet printing, which has far-reaching implications for how images are captured, printed and archived. However, as the application of digital colour increases, there still remains a problem regarding the management of colour: how colour is transferred from one device to another, how colour is measured, and perceived, printed, and as more digital print technologies are employed, its permanence.

Carinna continues, “This will enable researchers, especially those at an early stage in their career, to benefit from the knowledge of experts in the field of digital colour and its applications through a programme of seven conference and training events that will be held over the next four years. These events will provide researchers to develop inks outside their own research centre and to create a cross disciplinary dialogue with peers and experts across Europe, and Key Note speakers and leading lecturers from Europe and America. This in turn will facilitate the dissemination of cutting-edge research to the commercial and industrial sector and improve economic growth through new collaboration and knowledge transfer.”

Professor Paul Gough, Dean of the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, said, “This world class centre will bring a splash of colour to Europe by helping researchers early on in their careers to embrace the wide spectrum of print research activity currently happening. The potential to forge important links with international academic partners and industry are key to future developments in this area so the training and conference activities will be extremely valuable to the researchers who take part.”

The first event will be held at UWE in September aimed at attracting researchers, experts from research institutes, industry and commerce.

The group welcomes other experts and researchers to collaborate in this four year project. For more information please contact:

Carinna Parraman, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT, UK, e-mail Carinna.Parraman@uwe.ac.uk website http://amd.uwe.ac.uk/cfpr
work: +44 (0)117 328 4770; fax: +44 (0)117 328 4824l; mobile: +44 (0)798 190 6958
Skype: carinnaparraman

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Editor's notes
Financed by the European Union, Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses
CREATE
Contract Number: MSCF-CT-2006-045963
http://europa.eu.int/mariecurie-actions

The Marie Curie logo and the EU flag can be downloaded from CORDIS http://www.cordis.lu/mariecurie-actions/

The website for Create is http://www.create.uwe.ac.uk

Project participants include:
The Co-ordinator
1. Carinna Parraman, University of the West of England (UWE) established in Bristol

Other Contractors
2. Alessandro Rizzi, Università Degli Studi Di Milano, ITALY (UNIMI) established in Milan
3. Jon Hardeberg, Gjøvik University College, Norway (GUC) established in Gjøvik
4. Ronnier Luo, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (UL) established in Leeds
5. Karen Fleming, University of Ulster at Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK (UU) established in Belfast
6. Simone Santini, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, SPAIN (UAM), established in Madrid
7. Majed Chambah, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France (URCA) established in Reims
8. János Schanda and Cecília Sikné Lányi, University of Pannonia (formerly University of Veszprém), Hungary (UV) established in Veszprém

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