CREATE Research Project (Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Research)


(Featured image is the Colour and Landscape Exhibition at the New Ways to use Print Technology on Paper training event, Bristol, 2009)

CREATE (Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Employment) was established in 2006 through the European Union, Framework 6 Marie Curie Conferences & Training Courses (SCF) funding programme. The intention was to enable experts from a range of backgrounds to facilitate exchange through participation, teaching, practice, dialogue and collaboration to train a new and emerging generation of researchers to consider colour from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The long-term objective of CREATE is to develop with artists, designers, technologists and scientists a cross-disciplinary approach to colour. The courses and conferences began in September 2007, and concluded with a final conference in June 2010. 5 training events have been organised in the intervening four years – the content of which are defined by the expertise of the lead representatives of each of the co-universities.

The co-universities are:
University of the West of England – UK
Università degli Studi di Milano – Italy
Gjøvik University College – Norway
University of Leeds – UK
University of Ulster in Belfast – Northern Ireland
Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne – France
University of Pannonia (formerly University of Veszprém) – Hungary
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – Spain

Colour has a huge social and economic impact in the EU, affecting everyday life. It is not possible, for the visually sighted, to imagine any situation of everyday life where colour does not play a part. 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, perceived, printed, and as more digital print technologies are employed, its permanence.

The overall objectives for the group Create are:
• to develop a pan-European network of training projects that brings together European colour groups;
• to exchange and disseminate knowledge through specialist conferences;
• to 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 7 events;
• to enable the researcher to develop not only links outside their own research centre but to create a cross disciplinary dialogue with peers and experts across Europe;
• to provide a forum for dialogue between different fields, to create new insights to an idea or problem

In 2000 The European Council set out a ten year strategy to make the EU the world’s most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy. By 2010, we will have undertaken our last event in Norway and therefore will be able to work on and contribute to this initiative. The Framework 6 Marie Curie Actions addresses the need to develop human potential by encouraging people to become researchers and encouraging researchers to undertake research in Europe. Further information can be found on the Europa website at:

Sun set over Bristol Harbour, CREATE launch Conference, Bristol 2007
Colour Mixing of Pigments workshop, Carinna Parraman, Communicating Colour training event, France 2008
Textile Printing workshop, New Ways to use Print Technology: On Fabric training event, Belfast 2009


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