26th Symposium

of the International Colour Vision Society

1-5 July 2022
Crete, Greece

About ICVS 2021

What is ICVS?

The International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) is an international group of physiologists, psychologists, physicists, geneticists, optometrists, ophthalmologists and visual scientists who have a research interest in the many aspects of colour vision and colour vision deficiencies.

  • Thanasis Panorgias, PhD, New England College of Optometry

  • Sotiris Plainis, PhD, University of Crete

  • Dimitris Mylonas, PhD, University College London & Goldsmiths, University of London

  • John S. Werner, PhD, University of California Davis

  • Maria Makridaki, PhD, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas 

About ICVS 2022

What is ICVS?

The International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) is an international group of physiologists, psychologists, physicists, geneticists, optometrists, ophthalmologists and visual scientists who have a research interest in the many aspects of colour vision and colour vision deficiencies.

Organising Committee

Dimitris Mylonas, PhD, University College London & Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

John S. Werner, PhD, University of California Davis, USA

Maria Makridaki, PhD, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, GR

Neil Parry, PhD, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, UK 

Sotiris Plainis, PhD, University of Crete, GR

Thanasis Panorgias, PhD, New England College of Optometry, USA (Chair)

Scientific Committee

Claudia Feitosa-Santana, PhD, Neuroscience for Human Development, Brazil

Jasna Martinovic, PhD, University of Aberdeen, UK

Maureen Neitz, PhD, University of Washington, USA

Michael Webster, PhD, University of Nevada Reno, USA
Miltiadis Tsilibaris, MD, University of Crete, GR

Thanasis Panorgias, PhD, New England College of Optometry, USA (Chair)

Important Dates

1-5 July 2022

January 10th 2022: Abstract Submission and Early Registration Opens

March 15th 2022: Abstract Submission Deadline (There will be no deadline extension)

April 15th 2022: Abstract Acceptance and Student Award Notification

May 1st 2022: Early Registration Ends

June 1st 2022: Late Registration Ends

July 1 - 5 2022: Symposium!


Verriest Medallist

Paul Martin, PhD

The 2022 Verriest Medal will be awarded to Professor Paul Martin. Professor Martin did his doctoral work in physiology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and then postdoctoral fellowships in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt. In 1992, he returned to the University of Sydney, before moving in 2003 to the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Research Fellow and Director of Research in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences. He returned to the University of Sydney in 2010 where he is Professor of Experimental Ophthalmology.

         Professor Martin’s work concentrates on early visual processing in primates. His work on visual signals in magno-, parvo- and konio- cells in the primate retina and lateral geniculate nucleus is internationally acclaimed and highly influential. The significance of his scientific advances is amplified by his talent for presenting complex results in an easily understood manner for scientific and non-scientific audiences alike. He has generously served on boards of many funding organizations, in editorial positions at Visual Neuroscience and Vision Research, and on the ICVS Board of Directors. A prolific mentor, he has trained more than 25 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers.

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Invited Speakers


Karl Gegenfurtner, PhD

Professor Karl Gegenfurtner studied Psychology at Regensburg University. Subsequently he obtained a Ph.D. degree from New York University, where he also spent his first PostDoc. In 1993 he moved to the Max-Planck-Institute for biological cybernetics in Tübingen, where he obtained his Habilitation in 1998 and a Heisenberg-Fellowship in the same year. In 2000 he moved to the University of Magdeburg and in 2001 to Giessen University, where he since then holds a full professorship for Psychology. The emphasis of Karl Gegenfurtner’s research is on information processing in the visual system. Specifically, he is concerned with the relationship between low level sensory processes, higher level visual cognition, and sensorimotor integration.

          Dr. Gegenfurtner is the head of the DFG Collaborative Research Center TRR 135 on the “Cardinal mechanisms of perception”. He was elected into the National Academy of Science Leopoldina in 2015, received the Wilhelm-Wundt medal of the German Psychological Association (DGPS) in 2016 and an ERC Advanced Grant on color vision in 2020.

Stella Katsarou, PhD

Dr. Stella Katsarou is a prehistoric archaeologist at the Eforeia of Palaeoanthropology-Speleology of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. She earned her PhD in Greece and was a visiting fellow in the Universities of Sheffield, UK, and Cincinnati, USA. She is a Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University, USA for 2022-23. She is involved in field research on open-air prehistoric settlements and caves in Greece including collaborations with the American School of Classical Studies and the British School at Athens and other interdisciplinary projects. Her special interest is in the ceramic assemblages and clay vessels in the Neolithic/Early Bronze Age societies, and, particularly, the aesthetics, fashions, crafting behavior and socioeconomic situation pertaining to pottery production and use.

      Dr. Katsarou's insights are based on a combination of data from multivariable macro-examination, microscopic study, and cultural and contextual analysis. She has conducted the study of ritual, burial, and household assemblages from cave sites in various landscapes and regions of the Greek mainland and the islands. She has published extensively in journals and book chapters. Her most recent book is entitled Cave and Worship in Ancient Greece. New Approaches to Caves and Ritual (coedited with A. Nagel, Routledge 2021). 


Sophia Sotiropoulou, PhD

Dr. Sophia Sotiropoulou is a Senior Research Associate at IESL- FORTH, devoted to heritage science, conducting research in the development of analytical strategies and optimization of methodologies for the study of a wide range of archaeological materials, artworks, and heritage objects or structures. Dr. Sotiropoulou is a physicist, graduated from the University of Athens (1991), post-graduated in Physical methods in Archaeology and Museography, from the Univ. of Bordeaux (1993), and has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2000).

        Dr. Sotiropoulou has extensive research experience in the acquisition, interpretation, and integration of technical and analytical data in the context of conservation, documentation, and management of artworks collections and archaeological objects. She has been specialized in applying imaging techniques, optical, photometric, and spectroscopic methods for the analysis of materials, the study of mechanisms of natural aging, and the characterization of paint surfaces (including optical, chemical, and visually perceptible properties) of heritage objects. Colour constitutes a privileged focus of her research, for its material aspects but also as a fundamental perceptual component of art and of every aesthetic experience, in general.


Social Program

Friday July 1st*

Guided Tour of Heraklion.

Sunday July 3rd


Friday July 1st (evening)

Welcome Reception

Monday July 4th*


Saturday July 2nd*


Monday July 4th (evening) 

Wine Tasting and Banquet

* Only for accompanying persons


The meeting will take place in Heraklion, Greece. Heraklion is the 4th largest city in Greece and the largest city on the island of Crete, with approximately a population of 200,000. Crete itself is the largest Greek island and the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, both in population and area. 

Heraklion and Crete have a rich history spanning more than nine millennia. Crete was first inhabited in 7000 BC, and the Minoan civilization appeared in 2200 BC. Knossos is where the Minoans settled, and it is located just 6 Km south of Heraklion. It served as its main port and was destroyed by a volcanic tsunami from Santorini. The Knossos palace is the second most visited archeological site in Greece, behind only the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens. The Disk of Phaistos, a collection of stamped symbols that still await to be deciphered, was found in Phaistos, the second palace of King Minos, located 50 Km southwest of Heraklion. The Disk can be viewed in the Archeological Museum of Heraklion that carries prehistoric, neolithic, and later artifacts.

The present city of Heraklion was founded in 824 during the Arab period that was followed by the Byzantine occupation. The Venetians bought the city in 1204 and built an enormous fortification to protect it from the pirates. The fortification is the best preserved around the Mediterranean Sea, and can be seen and enjoyed today, as it is largely intact. The fortress "Roca a Mare" used to protect the harbor and today the Cretans call it "Koule."


The Ottomans besieged the city for 21 years, from 1648 to 1669, and occupied it until 1898, when the Great Powers created the Cretan State, and Heraklion became part of the British zone. With the rest of Crete, Heraklion was annexed in Greece in 1913 and became the capital of Crete in 1971, replacing Chania, the second-largest city on the island. Heraklion has been the hometown of painter El Greco (or Domenikos Theotokopoulos), novelist Nikos Kazantzakis who wrote Zorba the Greek, and poet Odysseas Elytis, a Nobel prize winner. 

Today, Heraklion is a modern city with its long history on display, wherever someone looks. Apart from several museums, Heraklion hosts two universities (the University of Crete and the Mediterranean University) and the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, which all attract a young population making Heraklion a lively and buzzing city. 

Heraklion has an international airport (Nikos Kazantzakis, HER) and a port. More than 60 airlines fly into Heraklion from major European cities. There are also several domestic flights to and from Athens and other Greek cities and islands. Therefore, you could fly to Heraklion directly or fly to Athens (AIA) and get a short connecting flight to Heraklion. The airport is located just 3 Km east of the city center. 

Several ferries connect Heraklion with Athens daily (at the port of Pireus) or other islands, mainly in the Cyclades, like Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos. One could fly to Athens and then take a ferry to Heraklion. The port is within walking distance from the city center.

At the moment, we are concentrating our efforts on an in-person event. However, we are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will make any necessary adjustments if needed.For the latest updates from the Greek Goverment relating to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit: https://travel.gov.gr/#/


Hotel reservations

The organizers negotiated early-reservation special rates for the ICVS 2022 participants and accompanying persons with several hotels located in the center of Heraklion.* Delegates are advised to book early. All the hotels are walking distance from the conference hotel (Aquila Atlantis) and they all offer breakfast and wi-fi access.

The organizers are not able to provide any assistance related to accommodation, neither are responsible for any room bookings at any of the hotels listed above. Participants should make a note of cancellation policies that are different for each hotel. Prices include VAT but not a government overnight fee (1.5 to 4 Euro per room per night depending on the hotel).

Hotel Aquila Atlantis

  • Classic Single Room: 91 Euro

  • Classic Double Room: 110 Euro

  • Executive Single/Double Room: 122 Euro

Reservations should be made directly via this link.

Hotel Kastro

  • Single Room: 50 Euro

  • Double Room: 70 Euro

Reservations by email to info@kastro-hotel.gr. The email subject should include: International Color vision Society Meeting 2022.


Hotel Astoria Capsis

  • Single Room: 80 Euro

  • Double Room: 100 Euro

  • Junior Suite: 140 Euro

Reservations by email to reservations@astoriacapsis.gr. The email subject should include: International Color vision Society Meeting 2022.

Lato Boutique Hotel

  • Superior Single (urban view): 90 Euro

  • Superior Double (urban view): 100 Euro

  • Superior Single/Double (sea view): 110 Euro

Reservations by email to reservations@lato.gr. The email subject should include: International Color vision Society Meeting 2022.

Hotel Olive Green

  • Popular Single Room (urban view): 95 Euro

  • Popular Double Room (urban view): 105 Euro

  • Urban Single/Double (park view): 120 Euro

Reservations by email to reservations@olivegreenhotel.com. The email subject should include: International Color vision Society Meeting 2022.

Hotel Megaron

  • Single/Double Room: Starting at 135 Euro

  • Junior Suite/ VIP Room: Starting at 150 Euro

Reservations should be made directly via this link.


* Rates were negotiated in August 2021


Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed. For any inquiries please contact icvs2022@neco.edu.

The abstract length is limited to 2,500 characters (including spaces). The character limit does not include title, author names and affiliations. The abstract should contain detailed and clear information on the methods and results. 

First authors of accepted abstracts are required to be members of the Society in good standing prior to the beginning of the meeting, and register for the meeting. 



Meeting registration is now closed.

Early-bird registration fees (January 10th to May 1st):

  • Regular: $530

  • Student: $430

  • Accompanying person: $440

Late registration fees (May 1st to June 15th)

  • Regular: $590

  • Student: $490

  • Accompanying person: $500

Refund Policy: 

  • Before May 1st : Full refund minus 5% Paypal administration fee.

  • May 2nd to June 1st: 50% refund.

  • After June 1st: No refund

If due to circumstances beyond our control, the organizers cancel the conference, a 100% refund will be issued to all registered participants. 

Abstract Book


Group & Banquet Photos