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As 2023 comes to a close, it also marks the end of my term as President, a term filled with rich experiences. While I had yet to complete everything I had hoped, we completed the process of AIC's move to Austria. Our new home, now securely in place, will enable the incoming Executive Committee to lead AIC into a renewed chapter full of exciting possibilities.

In addition, I couldn't think of a better way to end this year than attending the 2023 AIC Congress. This meeting reminded me what a remarkable organization AIC is. With the conference being the first face-to-face in three years, there is nothing comparable to attending a Mid-term Meeting or Congress to realize how much of a "family" we are, how well we welcome first-time attendees, and our deep dedication to research, supporting, and educating within our various disciplines, demonstrated by the higher than expected attendance and the number of submitted papers and posters.

As Immediate Past President, I look forward to supporting the new Executive Committee during the next two years.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the new year,

Leslie Harrington, AIC President

AIC2024 Brazil: Call for Papers now Open!

The Brazilian Color Association (Associação ProCor do Brasil) is hosting AIC2024 Midterm Meeting in partnership with ESPM University, which will be the conference venue.
The Conference Theme is Color Design, Communication and Marketing. The conference program dates are 17 – 19 September 2024, when it is Spring in São Paulo, Brazil. The conference chairs are Paula Csillag (ESPM and ProCor), Cristina Helena de Mello (ESPM), Vien Cheung (Univ Leeds), Carol Bustos (ESPM), and Ricardo Zagallo Camargo (ESPM).

Selected papers presented at the conference will be invited to produce extended versions for a special issue for the AIC2024 in Color Research and Application, Color Culture and Science Journal, or Journal of the International Colour Association (JAIC). The three best poster presentations will be awarded by The Colour Group (GB) 's Robert W. G. Hunt International Poster Awards. Best student papers will be awarded with the AIC's Student Paper Awards. A total of six awards will be given to the winning paper, the first runner-up, the second runner-up, and three honorable mentions.
On behalf of the International Color Association, the AIC2024 Organizing and Scientific Committees invite you to participate and submit abstracts in English, related to the conference theme, Color Design, Communication and Marketing. The theme covers different aspects and can fit into the following conference topics:

●    Colour in Branding and Marketing
●    Colour and Consumer Behavior
●    Colour in Design and Visual Communication (all forms of Design)
●    Colour and Consumer Products
●    Industrial colour application (Cosmetics, paints, textiles among others)
●    Colour in Interior Design and Architecture
●    Colour Semantics and Semiotics
●    Colour and Psychology
●    Colour and Physiology
●    Colour and Physics
●    Colorimetry and Colour Control and Colour Order Systems
●    Colour Education
●    Colour in Art, Culture, and History
Please click on the conference site for the Call for Papers guidelines.
We will be glad to see you at AIC2024!!!


New elected AIC Executive Committee 2024-2025

The elections for the new AIC 2024-2025 Executive Committee took place during the General Assembly at AIC2023 Congress. The new AIC EC is composed of the following members:

President: Maurizio Rossi
Vice-President: Maria João Durão
Secretary/Treasurer: Pichayada Katemake
Ordinary Member:  Valérie Bonnardel
Ordinary Member:  Ingrid Calvo Ivanovic
Ordinary Member: Eva-Lena Bäckström
Ordinary Member: to be proposed by the AIC2025 16th Congress organizer Regular Member
Past President: Leslie Harrington

Editor of the JAIC invited to the EC: Vien Cheung

Auditors: Tien-Rein Lee, Javier Romero Mora

AIC New Statute 2023

At the 2019 AIC General Assembly in Buenos Aires, it was voted that in compliance with the requests of Australian colleagues, the AIC's registered office could no longer remain in Australia, and the General Assembly gave the Executive Committee a mandate to find a new registered office and banking in a different Country. In compliance with Australian law, in June 2023, the qualified majority of AIC Regular Members voted for the dissolution of the "International Colour Association Inc." – Australia, which was officially closed in July 2023.

At the same time, the " International Colour Association - Multidisciplinary Association in the field of Colour, Multidisziplinäre Vereinigung auf dem Gebiet der Farben, Abkürzung AIC" was founded based in Vienna, Austria, in compliance with Austrian and EU laws, to find a definitive legal headquarters and banking for AIC, which continues its activities in the spirit of the founding fathers who laid their inspiration 56 years ago. The AIC General Assembly unanimously approved the new statute on November 30, 2023, at the AIC2023 15th Congress, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

AIC Annual Review 2023, call for documents

Dear AIC Regular Members, Associate Members & Study Groups:

As in previous years, AIC is preparing the Annual Review about the 2023 activities for each Member and Study Group. We ask for your kind cooperation in collecting the material. Please submit your text document of approx. 500 - 700 words in .docx format. This may include:

•    colour projects;
•    current research by your members;
•    2023 events/conferences/meeting details;

Please submit 2-3 jpeg high-quality images (300 dpi) with a short description (please send individual files, not embedded in any doc). Additionally, send a .jpeg of your logo and include with all documents the contact person's name, email, and title (e.g., President, Secretary, Chair, etc.). Please use your organisation's name in the email subject line so that we can easily keep track. Send your submission to: vicepresident(at)

Deadline January 31, 2024

AIC2023: Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the AIC

The Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the International Colour Association have been published on the AIC website.

The Color Society of Thailand appreciates all participants who contribute to the proceedings. The 1090-page proceedings contain 199 abstracts, 166 full papers, and 1 CADE award research paper from Clino Trini Castelli.

Clino Castelli's CADE Award lecture at AIC2023

Fifty years ago, Clino Castelli discerned that significant historical events often sparked transformative shifts in global colour languages. In the early 1970s, colour selection prioritised saturation over subjective hues, reaching maximum intensity, accentuated by the monochromatic trend from the '60s. This era saw a surge in intensely saturated primary colours, culminating in a colour fever in 1973. The subsequent "Color Fever Chroma Survey" in 1979 traced this peak, revealing a crisis in outdated quantitative colour selection methods. These rigid dynamics failed to adapt to evolving qualitative colour preferences, signifying the emergence of a new "colour sentiment".


Study Group on Colour Education (SGCE)

Save the Date - SGCE Meeting on January 20, 2024

The Study Group on Colour Education will host an informal Zoom meeting on Saturday, January 20th from 9 - 10:30 AM Eastern US time. The meeting will include an update on the ISCC/AIC Joint Colour Literacy Project as well as breakout sessions for networking with fellow members of the SGCE.

More information in:


Australia - CSA

CSA National Conference and Webinars

The CSA 2023 national conference "Colour Sense and Sensibility" was held in Perth on October 12-15. Photos from the conference and a video of the keynote address "Colours of Objects and Colours of Light" by David Briggs can be accessed here. Our free webinars resume on Saturday February 17 with "Digital Oil Painting" by acclaimed painter Steve Forster (Long Island Academy of Fine Art, NY), the next in our "Creating Colour" series organised by Veronica Colvin and Jean Pretorius.

Canada - CRSC

Upcoming CRSC Events

January 23, 7pm Eastern: KALEIDOSCOPE LECTURE: My First Language: Lynne McIlvride Talks Around Colour, by Lynne McIlvride (Ontario Artist)

Colour is the first thing one notices when looking at Lynne McIlvrde's mixed media maximalist artwork. Although Lynne calls Colour her first language, she rarely talks about it; rarely in fact thinks about it. Do fish think about water? In this talk Lynne will attempt to put words around her use of colour while giving an illustrated talk about her artistic career. She will explore how colours interact in her work, and how her work has reflected her life.

February 13, 7pm Eastern: KALEIDOSCOPE LECTURE: The Power of Red - A Critical Look at Color Psychology, by John Seymour

Many of the estimated 700 million web pages on colour psychology pontificate on the psychological power of colour, and offer a list of specific colours and their presumed effect on our emotions and decision making. It is common for the authors to provide little by way of explanation for why, and absolutely nothing when it comes to description and citation of solid experimental evidence. How much of this pop psychology on colour is supported by solid experimentation? This webinar surveys the available literature on the psychology of the colour red, as a litmus test for the psychology of colours.

March 21, 7pm Eastern: AGM KEYNOTE: Out of the Blue? Colour as strategic tool in the built environment to engage with the community, by Udo Schliemann

The relationship between colour in branding, signage and building identification for cultural centres, public buildings and the workplace environment will be discussed. Colour is used strategically to 'speak'; to user groups in ways that words are not able to do. Colour is used as a communication tool to attract, to lower the threshold anxiety to enter a building and to create an association of identity. Udo is Principal Creative Director at Entro Communications in Toronto, a leading studio for branding, wayfinding and experiential design. Full details and registration coming soon to our website.

Other CRSC News

Congratulations to member and Saskatoon painter Marie Lannoo, for her recent publication In Extremis. This hardcover book documents Lannoo's sophisticated investigation of light and colour. The book features essays by Wayne Baerwaldt, Robin Kingsburgh, Robert Youds and Leah Taylor, an interview with the artist, and many stunning colour reproductions.

Italy - Associazione Italiana Colore

Color Conference CdC2024 & other activities

We warmly invite abstract submissions for the online Color Conference CdC2024. The proceedings of the CdC2023 conference in Lecco - Como Lake have been published here open access: Color and Colorimetry. Multidisciplinary Contributions. Vol. XVIII".

Moreover, on Friday 10 November was held the study day "Color, light, vision: a multidisciplinary approach to the study of color", organised by our member Prof. Alessandro Rizzi in collaboration with BICF and the University of Milan. It was dedicated to the late Mauro Boscarol and attended by 14 speakers.

More information here.


New book, Nuanciers: Éloge du subtil ('Colour-charts: praise of the subtle'), by Anne Varichon

Anne Varichon, a French anthropologist & ethnologist, has published a book on 150 colour order systems since the XV century (284 pages), Le Seuil, Paris (France). English translation available in 2024 (Color Charts: A History), Princeton University Press.

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