The submitted papers for PLDC 2017 offered a challenge to the Steering Committee.

More than 260 paper proposals were submitted for the 72 slots originally designated for the conference part of PLDC 2017 in Paris. According to the Paper Reviewing Committee 90% of the papers submitted were eligible for selection for the convention. It goes without saying that not all can be selected.

After careful study of the international Paper Reviewing Committee’s accumulated reviews, the PLDC Steering Committee made a decision in the interest of the lighting design community: PLDC 2017 will again comprise four tracks. A number of the highly rated paper submissions have been allocated to a track entitled Philosophy + Debate.
This track is not new in the sense that it has been introduced subsequent to the Call for Papers and has thus reduced potential speakers’ chances of being selected, but is to be seen as a response to the overwhelming number of high-quality (evaluated) paper submissions.

So altogether more than 80 papers will be presented, including a series of 20-minute research papers.

The response to the R&D track originally planned for PLDC 2017 did not meet the organiser’s expectations, neither in numbers nor in depth. The idea was to inspire companies to share the expertise gained through Research & Development with the overall lighting design community. The organisers explicitly did not wish to encourage the presentation of sales pitches. Of the over the 260 paper submissions received, only a handful were submitted for the planned R&D track. The organisers will not necessarily simply give up on this idea, but obviously more time is needed to define the intended outcome – and for that to be understood by those to whom the invitation is targeted.

One new part of the conference programme will be the final Round of The Challenge, a young desingers’ speaker competition.
Find out more about The Challenge here:

Time Urban Life 4.0 Professional
Practice Issues
Research Philosophy & Debate
Keynote: Franck Boutté

Martin Hofer/D
The street as a screen for non-verbal communication

Emrah Baki Ulas/TY/UK
How things are connected
in the strangest ways
Ali Mahmoudi/IR &
Maryam Khalili/IR
Ambient lighting design
for pediatric environments
Isabelle Corten/B
Humanitarian action –
expanding the ethics
of the profession
10:45 Imke Wies van Mil/NL/DK
Design with knowledge – light in
learning environments
Dr. Heli Nikunen/FIN
The dark future of road lighting
Glenn Shrum/USA
Incidents of lightness
Caroline Hoffmann/CH
Luminaires and their
non-visual characteristics –
comparison of 5 electric
lighting systems in a University Center for Geriatrics and Rehabilitation
Ion Luh/CDN
Student Learning Centre,
a new lighting language for the millenial
11:45 Sophie Stoffer/DK &
Prof. Werner Osterhaus/DK &

Inger Erhardtsen/DK
Spatial and colour perception when excluding short-wavelengths from illumination sources
Malcolm Innes/UK
Lighting for cities inhabited by people, not cars
Vellachi Ganesan/SGP/USA
Stories of light – the process of making humanistic work
Francesco Iannone/I &
Serena Tellini/I

The correlation of lessons learnt – from 16th century art to 21st century office and healthcare environments
Lyn Godley/USA
The cross-discipline future of lighting deisgn education
12:45 Alberto Pasetti/I
How neurosciences affect lighting design and visual perception
Keynote: Kathryn Gustafson
15:45 Dr. Alexander Rieck/D
Communicative mobility
Mark Major/UK
Communicating Light + Darkness – from sketching to VR: thoughts about visual communication and light
Dashak Agarwal/IND & Dr. Amardeep Dugar/IND
Light colour temperature: exploring its relevance in the Indian multiculutral context
Pascal Chautard/RCH
Ibero American lighting design, in search of an original way of development
16:15 Martin Tamke/DK &
Katja Bülow/DK
Calibrated HDRI in 3D point clouds
16:45 Christiaan Weiler/F
Sharing light – urbanity 4.0
Andrés Sanchez/D &
Carla Wilkins/D
Evolution: what comes next?
Carlijn Timmermans/NL
Light poverty
Akari-Lisa Ishii/J/F
Keeping an open mind – living and working in different cultures
17:15 Barbara Matusiak/N
Sunlight for indoor illumination
17:45 Henrika Pihlajaniemi/FIN
Smart lighting for urban experiences – engaging users for better services
Christian Klinge/DK &
Allan Ruberg/DK

What is smart? Lighting Design – a profession in transition
Juan Ferrari/UK
The role of lighting narrative in theatre and architecture
Dario Maccheroni/I/A &
Prof. Uwe Belzner/D
Human scale lighting – the importance of the human scale in urban illumination
18:15 Dr. Sergei Gepshtein/USA
The unknown space

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Experts to see and to listen to at PLDC 2015 in Paris:

Simon Ewings, Franck Boutté, Kathryn Gustafson, Fanny Guerard, Christiaan Weiler, Martin Hofer, Heli Nikunen, Malcolm Innes, Rune Nielsen, Alexander Rieck, Elke den Ouden, Christina Hébert, Stephen Willacy, Henrika Pihlajaniemi, Mark Major, Anne Bureau, Kevan Shaw, Birgit Bierbaum, Michael Grubb, Colin Ball, John Mardaljevic, James Benya, Sophie Caclin, Gudjon Sigurdsson, Linus Lopez, Maurici Gines, Susheela Sankaram, Sara Castagné, Rozenn le Couillard, Emrah Baki Ulas, Paul Traynor, Joe Vose, Jonathan Rush, Andres Sanchez, Carla Wilkins, Glenn Shrum, Vellachi Ganesan, Susanne Brenninkmeijer, Christian Klinge, Allan Ruberg, Deborah Burnett, Christopher Cuttle, Jenny Werbell, Karolina Zielinska, Barbara Matusiak, Kapil Surlakar, Giovanni Lee, Gilberto Franco, Werner Osterhaus, Imke Wies van Mil, Juan Ferrari, Ali Mahmoudi, Maryam Khalili, Barbara Matusiak, Carlijn Timmermans, Martin Tamke, Katja Bülow, Dashak Agarwal, Amardeep Dugar, Alberto Pasetti, Serena Tellini, Francesco Iannone, Sophie Stoffer, Caroline Hoffmann, Sergei Gepshtein, Anuj Gala, Ana Miran, Gregor Gärtner, Zhuofei Ren, Aditi Govil, Marina Lodi, Isabelle Corten, Ion Luh, Tapio Rosenius, Cashel Brown, Lyn Godley, Richard Taylor, Pascal Chautard, Edwin Smida, Akari-Lisa Ishii, Koert Vermeulen, Dario Maccheroni, Uwe Belzner, Thorsten Bauer, Konstantinos Labrinopoulos, Peter Andres, Emmanuel Clair, Tino Kwan, Rafael Gallego, Dean Skira, Mark Major, Keith Bradshaw, Roger Narboni, Kaoru Mende, Uwe Knappscheider, Laurant Fachard, Vincent Thiesson, Riane Valkenburg

Time Urban Life 4.0 Professional
Practice Issues
Lighting Application Case Studies Philosophy & Debate
Keynote: Simon Ewings/N
10:15 Dr. Rune Nielsen/DK
The luminous future of our cities
Sara Castagné/F &
Rozenn le Couillard/F

Alone we go faster, together we go stronger
Kevan Shaw/UK
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Lighting Designer
Tapio Rosenius/FIN/E
The future is for antidisciplinary designers
11:15 Fanny Guerard/F
Architectural lighting 2.0, the reinvention of heritage lighting
Paul Traynor/UK
Lighting Design: a roadmap to professional credibility
Anne Bureau/F
Beyond the sphere – the visible and invisible of the lighting accompanying the new life of a baroque building
Cashel Brown/UK
Trip the light fantastic: the role of lighting festivals and events in urban design
12:15 TBC Joe Vose/UK
The science of learning: learning smarter, not harder
Prof. Dr. John Mardaljevic/UK
Daylight exposure in heritage buildings: balancing access and conservation (and avoiding ghosts)
Edwin Smida/D
Digitalisation and wisdom
Keynote: TBC
15:45 Dr. Elke den Ouden/NL & Dr. Rianne Valkenburg
Smart lighting in a smart society
Jonathan Rush/UK
Self-experimentation in light
James Benya/USA
World’s first LEED and WELL Platinum Project
Richard Taylor/UK
LiFi for lighting design applications
16:45 Christina Hébert/CDN
Lighting the urban environment: using social media data to understand the users of the city
Prof. Susanne Brenninkmeijer/D
There is more to Human Centric Lighting
Gudjon Sigurdsson/IS
Lighting new horizons of well-being at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Koert Vermeulen/B
Achieving the balance between architectural lighting design and media architecture
17:45 Stephen Willacy/DK
Participatory urban media architecture
Deborah Burnett/USA
Bioethics of lighting design
Maurici Ginés/E
Musée Soulages: the museum of  shadow and light
Thorsten Bauer/D
Augmented spaces – about the digital future of our cities
Time The Challenge Professional
Practice Issues
Lighting Application Case Studies Philosophy & Debate
Keynote: TBC
10:15 Marina Lodi/BR/USA
The urban underground,
a sequence of adaptation
Gilberto Franco/BR
Refining the perception of lighting designers
Birgit Bierbaum/D
Complexity vs. benefits – circadian lighting in existing group care facilities and private homes
Dean Skira/HR
Tunnels, bridges, roundabouts: arguing for lighting design in technical projects
11:15 Anuj Gala/IND/FIN
Media facades and disappearances of cities: what is a lighting designer’s role?
Simon Berry/SGP
Are we human or are we dancers: re-contextualising the role of lighting designers
Michael Grubb/UK
Creating retail experiences, not showrooms!
Rafael Gallego/E – Helpful hints for designing urban lighting
12:15 Aditi Govil/IND/USA
A walk in a woman’s shoes: re-thinking lighting in urban nightscapes
Kapil Surlakar/IND &
Chandrashekhar Kanetkar/IND

Navigating professional hierarchies towards successful collaborative design
Colin Ball/UK
Paradigm shift
Tino Kwan/HK
Minimal lighting equipment to achieve maximum lighting effect
Keynote: TBC
15:45 Ana Miran/UK
Improving spaces for individuals with autism spectrum disorder through the use of light and colour
Dr. Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska/PL/CH &
Barbara Bochnak/PL
Creating a more conscious built environment for day and night-time settings through interdisciplinary collaboration
Sophie Caclin/F
5 years and two lighting masterplans: analysis of Part-Dieu district’s highlighting in Lyon
Emmanel Clair/F/SGP
The legacy of a lighting design practice
16:45 Zhuofei Ren/RC
Living in the colours of the colourblind
Jenny Werbell/USA
Measuring the immeasurable: place-making with light and the poverty of satisfaction
Linus Lopez/IND
Lighting the Ghats of Varanasi
Prof. Peter Andres/D
Philosophy of HIFI:
harmony – innovation – functionality – integration
17:45 Gregor Gärtner/D
Presenting Light
Christopher Cuttle/NZ
Integrating useful lighting metrics into the design process
Susheela Sankaram/NL
A night drive
Konstantinos Labrinopoulos/GR
Reinventing natural light as a concept for architecture