The Palmer Lecture

Every year in January at the Colour Group’s meeting on colour visual science, a distinguished vision expert is invited to deliver the Palmer Lecture.
The lecturer is presented with an illuminated certificate.

Past Palmer Lecturers


2004 Prof John Mollon The different perceptual ways in which we live
2005 Prof Jim Bowmaker The evolution of colour vision: speciation, spectral sensitivity and ecology
2006 Françoise Viénot From gloss scaling to gloss constancy
2007 David Foster Spectral tuning of human trichromatic vision for object identification
2008 Pieter Walraven History and theory of the chromatic Stiles-Crawford effect
2009 Ken Knoblauch Partition and integration of chromatic information in the visual system
2010 Donald MacLeod Are there phenomenal complementaries?
2011 Arne Valberg Modelling neural mechanisms for colour discrimination
2012 Adam Reeves Oddities of early dark adaptation
2013 John Barbur Genes, Rayleigh matches and colour thresholds – how well can one describe variability in human colour vision?
2014 Steven K Shevell Contrast from Perceptual, Not Retinotopic, Separation of Background Context
2015 Anya Hurlbert The limits of colour constancy
2016 David Brainard Psychophysics in the distal stimulus: color and material perception in the service of natural tasks
2017 Rhea Eskew Mechanisms of color: detection, discrimination, and appearance
2018 Janus Kulikowski Chips in daylight: hue perception and colour constancy
The dimensions of colour vision
2020 Paul Martin Pathways to colour in the eye and brain
2021 Michael A. Webster Compensation for Color Deficiencies
2022 Jay Neitz Color vision as a model for testing ideas about how the brain works
2023 Sophie Wuerger A journey through colour space