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Countdown to PLDC 2017 in Paris

Countdown to PLDC 2017 in Paris – some activities are fully booked already.

Update on PLDC by Joachim Ritter

Ten years after the first PLDC in London 2007, a milestone in the process to establish the lighting design profession, we have taken it upon ourselves to go out of our way to achieve this goal in Paris. We are therefore pleased to see that the response and support at the close of the Early Registration phase is so positive.

We have more registrations compared to the Rome event at the same time two years ago. The Early Registration phase was therefore successful and confirms our expectations and concept. In 2015 in Rome, we recorded more than 1700 registrations, thus reaching a new benchmark. This is evidence of the growing number of professional lighting designers who are keen to expand their know-how and skills through continuing professional education and thus make their mark vis-à-vis the mass of people on the market who simply claim to be lighting designers.

Registration now is recommended. Arrangements and hotel room bookings in Paris should be made soon…

This year, too, we will have more partners supporting PLDC and using the event as a platform for communication than ever. Altogether 19 associations, 38 universities and 24 media partners will be present at PLDC 2017 in Paris. The exhibition space for our partners from the lighting industry is likewise sold out, and with more than 70 industry partners we have reached a new record.

The Gala Dinner, this year with 100 tables and 800 guests, is likewise already sold out.

Upfront PLDC there will be a social lighting workshop. Planners and architects who wish to integrate social understanding more deeply and creatively into their professional practices, as well as people from social science, social research and urbanism will work with the material fabric and design of city spaces. Unfortunately also this workshop is fully booked.

We are especially delighted this year to see an increasing number of group bookings. It has become something of a tradition that a delegation of 20 lighting enthusiasts from Finland take part in PLDC, booked as a group by the Finnish lighting society Valosto. But we also have whole design practices attending as a group. The leaders in the field in this category include the team from Paul Nulty Lighting Design – there will be 19 designers attending. By taking this step, the lighting design practice is documenting, on the one hand, the importance they place on continuing professional development and, on the other hand, their appreciation of the contents of the programme we have put together for PLDC. On their website they are claiming that PLDC is “More than a movement”. And they are right!

Head of the league right now is the group from the University of Applied Sciences in Hildesheim/D, who have registered 29 attendees for PLDC. This year we will again be offering a platform for students entering the profession after their university studies.

We are dedicated to supporting the further and continuing education of lighting designers in any way we can. If you are interested in a group booking, please contact Franziska Ritter, fritter@via-internet.com who will discuss and arrange details with you.