May 15th to 17th, 2019


Download the Registration Form.

CMG 2019 European Conference, Catania, Italy

Country: Italy
Dates: Wednesday, May 15th – Friday May 17th, 2019
Location: Plaza Hotel Catania, Viale Ruggero Di Lauria No. 43, 95127, Catania, Italy

Hotel Reservations:  Discounted room rates are available to Conference attendees – subject to availability.  Download the Sleeping Room Reservation form and room rates.

Registration Fees:  CMG Member $595;   Non-Member $750;  Partner/Spouse/Family Member $450
Students $300

2021+ European Forecast

We recently revealed the 2020+ European Forecast during our 2018 International Summit – now we begin to forecast color directions for 2021 and beyond and YOU can be part of that conversation. Our Conference Workshops offer a chance to explore and recognize subtle nuances in color, to envision which palettes and color combinations will best attract, inspire, and inform, and to explore the global influences and drivers that affect color directions.

At the very heart of all CMG Conferences is the Color Forecasting process where the world’s leading color and design influencers share, discuss and explore color directions. You will be on the cutting edge of color forecasting, and you’ll bring these insights back with you to shape and validate discussions and decisions on color directions for your industry, product, or service.  CMG’s Color Forecasting process is a collaboration of minds; a joint effort to understand and interpret what is happening in the world around us and how this will influence color.  The final result?  A 16-color Directional Forecast that is distributed electronically with a report identifying the trends and influences affecting color directions.  The Color Forecast shows notations in all the major color systems including Pantone, NCS, RAL, RGB and LAB.

Who Should Attend?

Global manufacturers, brands, and marketers understand the importance of color marketing to their bottom line. Your company will benefit from creating research fueled and validated products in colors that sell. As a project manager, product developer, designer, manufacturer, CMF specialist, color specifier, and anyone who works with color for products you won’t want to miss the important color discussions.

You do NOT need to be a member of CMG to participate in this Conference. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of Color Marketing Group please visit our Membership page to learn more or contact the office.

The Benefits of Attending

At this Conference, you’ll have access to amazing events and fascinating speakers, along with plenty of opportunities to share and collaborate with other professionals across all industries—people who, like you, are constantly searching for inspiration, for what’s next in color.

• Join the latest color conversations helping you to succeed in your field and helping your company to achieve continued growth.

• You’ll network with individuals outside your specific industry, expanding your horizons and opening new areas for exploration.

• We provide an open-discussion atmosphere that will allow you to mix, mingle, and come away with lasting relationships and connections. The friends you make will form your “tribe” for years to come, and their energy and insight will prove invaluable.

• You’ll leave with newfound color revelations that will keep you, your company, and your clients well-versed in all things color.


Plaza Hotel Catania, Viale Ruggero Di Lauria No. 43, 95127, Catania, Italy

There may be some changes to the timing of this Schedule

Wednesday, May 15th

17:00 –19:00:  Registration & Welcome Cocktail

European Planning Committee Welcome

20:00 Optional Networking Dinner  (NOT included in registration fee)

Thursday, May 16th

08:15 Arrival & Registration

President’s Opening Remarks – Judith van Vliet, Designer, Clariant ColorWorks

Guest Speaker Presentations – Please check back shortly for details of our Guest Speakers.

08:30:   Guest Speaker details to follow

10:45:  Guest Speaker details to follow

11:30:  Guest Speaker details to follow

13:00: Lunch

14:00 – 17:30:  Color Forecasting Workshops

(Tea & Coffee will be served)

20:00:  Dinner

(Included in Meeting Registration) – Details to follow

Friday, May 17th

09:00:  Arrival & Program Overview

(Tea & Coffee will be served)

09:30:  Color Forecasting Workshops

12:00:  Lunch

13:00:  Color Workshops

Finalize 2021+ Color Forecasts

17:00:  Wrap up and Farewell

  • Geraldine_Wharry_Trend_Forecaster

    Geraldine Wharry

Geraldine Wharry’s global experience as a fashion designer and trend forecaster has led her to collaborate across the style industry in fashion, beauty, innovation, technology, marketing and retail for leading brands, agencies and institutions.

She is a unique futurist, a polymath, equipped with the vision of a forecaster, the craft of a designer and the relentless curiosity of a scientist.

Her reputation for accurately predicting trends and designing successful fashion collections has equipped her collaborators with successful product launches, trend foresight and best-selling designs in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Passionate about knowledge and from a family of educators, artists and scientists, Geraldine has also dedicated herself to public speaking, mentoring, lecturing and writing. She has been featured in the press with international outlets such as the BBC, Dazed Beauty, Vogue, and Grazia UK.  Read more.

  • null

    Laura Perryman


Laura Perryman has 12 years experience as a colour and materials designer and a trend forecaster. Her ethos is that colour and aesthetics should be innovative, well considered, but above all purposeful.

A subtle difference in surface texture or a shift in colour has huge impact on the senses. The ability to identify and harness colour, material and finish is imperative to experience.”

Gathering inspiration from emerging design, new materials, consumer insights, Laura is a creative thinker, in the field of colour, materials and design innovation.  Working with companies she consults and helps navigate future opportunities as well as creating tangible and on trend design solutions. She has brought this specialist knowledge and approach into play for brands as diverse and forward thinking as Habitat, Nokia, 3M, DuPont, Sainsbury’s, Speedo, Antron Carpets, Panasonic Europe, Haier, Homebase, Comex, Post-It, HP, Arrival and trend forecasting agencies including WGSN, Stylus and Beautystreams.

She set up Colour of Saying in 2016 to create forward thinking colour and material design insights and experiences for brands connecting her expertise in trend forecasting, materials, product design and art direction.

  • null

    Klaudia Kruse


Klaudia Kruse is a visionary with creative competence and a holistic approach, turning impressions into expressions.  She studied Product and Industrial Design in Aachen and Hamburg.  After years in leading positions in the field of industrial and fashion design, as well as automotive design, and design management for the BMW Group in Munich, and the BMW Advanced Design Studio in NYC, Kruse founded her Design Consultancy – Klaudia Kruse Design Consulting – in 2010.

From research to design and implementation, Klaudia Kruse develops Surface Design Concepts and Design Strategies for Transportation, Product, Furniture, Accessories and Interior Design.  Kruse conducts global and interdisciplinary networks to built collaborative relationships between design, research, development, and manufacturing.  Her driving force is her enthusiasm and curiosity, topped only by her love for challenges and solutions.

Read more – coming soon.

For more information about sponsorship for the 2019 European Conference, please contact