Nordic light and colours

This international PhD course will gather students from different countries and disciplines. Lectures will be given by top scientists from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK. The unique Daylight- and Room-laboratories of NTNU will be used for experiments and exercises.

Time and place


NTNU, Trondheim, Norway 16.04.2012 to 21.04.2012

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The aesthetics of colour and light play an important role in the fields of art, design and communication. Colour and light in architectural spaces influence our experiences and feelings, our comfort and our physiological well-being. A deep understanding of the interaction between colour and light demands an interdisciplinary approach, including such fields as psychology, neurology and lighting technology, as well as an in-depth understanding of colour and light applications in architectural spaces.

Research on colour and light in spatial context is being done at several Nordic universities with participation in several working groups and committees within the international colour association AIC and the international commission of illumination CIE. This research has achieved high international standing. On the level of established research, a Nordic collaboration was started in 2009 in order to enhance a creative interchange between researchers and industrial developers with different approaches.

Researchers from Sweden, Norway and Finland participate in the ongoing interdisciplinary research project SYN-TES: Colour and Light Synthesis: Towards a Coherent Field of Knowledge, based at Konstfack (2010-2011). In order to keep up with and develop competence it is essential that research students working with different aspects of colour and light are introduced to and educated in the multidisciplinary complexity of their field. It is also important that research students working with neighboring issues, e.g. within the fields of architecture, psychology or health care, get the opportunity to understand how colour and light affect their field of work. Additionally, the course gives an opportunity to train young researchers in different methodological techniques.

See the whole programme here