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Final Activity Report Summary - CREATE (Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Employment)

The professional colour field is vast, spread across Europe, with many organisations researching into colour. However, the majority of research into colour has been undertaken in single subject areas, in for example, art, psychology, colour science, physics, chemistry, design, architecture and engineering. There has been less research of a multidisciplinary nature that benefits both the arts and sciences. By integrating art and science perspectives, the objective was to address the increasingly complex questions through interdisciplinary dialogue and practice. With a range of expertise in the group that included fine, art, design, textiles, printing, colour measurement, appearance, perception, computer vision, image quality, meant that young researchers had access to experts of the highest calibre.

The aim was to foster potential mobility opportunities for research thus expanding and enhancing the knowledge-base and skill-sets of European researchers, industrialists, academics and SMEs. The objective for the EU Marie Curie Actions was to encourage young people to become research active and build successful research careers. A further objective was to assist in their mobility to travel, meet and to share knowledge with other groups.

The aims of the group CREATE was:
to develop a pan-European network of training projects and to bring 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 8 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;
to facilitate the dissemination of cutting-edge research to the commercial and industrial sector and improve economic growth through new collaboration and knowledge transfer;
to foster a robust research network beyond just the time-frame of the funding program;
to assist and develop networks and contacts in order to help build future research portfolios particularly for early career researchers.

Young and medium stage researchers had opportunities to listen to and work with some of the most significant experts in the field of colour, to meet and network with other researchers, to present their research through formal presentations and poster sessions, and, participate in exhibitions, workshops, experiments and discussion groups. By the time the final conference ended in June 2010 in Norway, CREATE had trained about 400 researchers with assistance of about 100 experts. Based on the 100 researchers who attended EV7 [GUC] Norway, 13% have completed their PhDs during the CREATE project (2007-2010), 48% had started within the timeframe and will soon complete, 17% were studying for an MA or MsC and were planning to undertake a PhD, 12% were conducting research or were self-employed and were attending to develop new skills, 11% had completed their PhDs in the last 10 years and were mediums stage researchers.

The CREATE network http:// has enabled researchers to develop links with peers and experts across Europe and has provided a forum for dialogue between different fields. The clear message we have delivered through the CREATE project is that researchers are able to share knowledge beyond their discipline, to demonstrate and share good ideas, to be receptive and supportive to others. We have assisted in developing a network in colour by improving access for young researchers to a postgraduate network across Europe, where many researchers are undertaking cross disciplinary research and co-authoring papers, embark upon, complete PhDs and have the opportunity to employment in Europe.

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