Contacter AIC
Contacter AIC


The AIC interim meeting is placed under the double honorary presidency of : Mrs Dominique Cardon (Natural Colours), emerita senior research director at CNRS and M. Livio de Luca, research Director at CNRS, Head of MAP lab.

Deadline for sending abstract: april 5th 2020 17:00 (GMT)
Deadline for sending your complete article: august 21st 2020

Download the provisional version of the AIC2020 Proceedings

An exceptionnal homage will be given to Jacqueline Carron, doyenne of the Centre Français de la Couleur, a painter born in 1920!

Avignon was a great production centre for tinctorial plants and was named “City of Madder”. Today several companies add value to tinctorial resources, a lot of craftpersons are mainly working in the field of cosmetics and textile dyeing.

Avignon is also a reference site for the “French Tech Valley” strongly linked to the regional research centres of Provence.

les trois ensemble
Left : Mrs Dominique Cardon, AIC2020 honorary president for Natural Colours
Centre : Mrs Jacqueline Carron, doyenne of the Centre Français de la Couleur
Right : Mr Livio de Luca, AIC2020 honorary president for Digital Colours

The dual topic

We wish AIC2020 will be an important meeting where people working with traditional materials could exchange ideas and problems with scientist and high technology researchers.

Natural colours of minerals, goethite (left), hemathite (center) that are main compounds of the famous Luberon ochres ; chalcopyrite (right) offer interference surface colours inspiring our creation and invention.

Natural colours, making our environment, mineral resources, vegetal or animal, transformed or not by human activity will be broached. Colours of the sky of our planet or others allow us to understand what makes our environment, fill us with wonder but also mean the world fragility.

Wild Madder (left: rubia peregrina) makes Avignon a capital of madder because the whole region produced a lot of reddish dye for the textile industry. That plant with a square root contains the colourant, invisible underground easy to recognize while its stem is also square. Square root of madder, an ideal plant for colouring AIC2020 conference on Natural Colours–Digital Colours! Roots of common madder (centre). Digitalis (foxglove), a highly toxic plant… with attractive colours digitized by the picture!
Photos: Wikipédia, D. Cardon and P. Callet

Digital Colours are today everywhere, even in this page, its photographs or videos, in simulation, graphic arts, knowledge transmission, etc. They are fed by the various productions of Nature or of what humans have extracted.création graphique, transmission des connaissances.

3D restitution of the “Pont d’Avignon” within its fluvial environment as it is supposed to be in the XIIth century, 2014, UMR CNRS/MCC 3495 MAP – Modèles et simulations pour l’Architecture et le Patrimoine.

The international scientific committee

Including a lot of specialists all around the world having to evaluate the submitted articles or posters for AIC2020 conference and proceedings.

Invited speakers

They are proposed for their high level of expertise and skills on Natural Colours (dyeing, living world, cultural heritage, etc.) and Digital Colours (simulation, spectral imaging, analysis and synthesis, virtual reality, digital architecture, scientific instrumentation, etc.). They will deliver talks on special topics according to the general themes of AIC2020.

Avignon in october

The natural daylight in Provence remains remarkable for the high transparency of its atmosphere and its mildness. The river Rhône permits to have special viewpoints on the city. A lot of historical buildings and monuments will enjoy the visitors as the main heritage of the Popes’ city was transmitted from XIth (“rue des teinturiers”) to XVIIth centuries.

Discover Avignon