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The Jean Heap Bursary

The Society of Light and Lighting is delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Jean Heap Research Bursary is Daria Casciani with her project, Social Effects of Light: Designing, Experimenting and Reflecting on the Influence of Lighting Design on Sociality. Daria is a lighting specialist and research fellow at Laboratorio Luce (Politecnico di Milano Design Department).

See Daria's video proposal below:

Timeline for research

  • Applicant to present six month progress review in November 2017.
  • Results of research to be presented at the Society’s AGM in May 2018.

The Jean Heap Bursary was launched in 2014, in tribute to the commitment to lighting research and education which Jean demonstrated within the Society and throughout her career in the lighting industry.

The panel looks for a specific piece of lighting study or research designed for the benefit of the industry and SLL members. The call for applications is open to everyone with an interest in lighting.

Applicants are asked to outline their proposed research project, including the specific topic to be researched, the methodology, the timescale and the clearly stated aims and objectives of the research.  The successful proposal will also include an outline of why the applicant needs further funding and how the additional funds will be used in carrying out their research.

The 2015 Jean Heap Research Bursary has been awared to Feride ┼×ener Yilmaz for her proposal, Human Centric Sustainable Retail Lighting Design Approach: An Experimental Study. Feride recently delivered her final research report at the Society's AGM and Awards Ceremony at City Hall.

Feride ┼×ener Yilmaz delivering her final research report at SLL AGM & Awards Ceremony

You can now read Feride's final research report online

If you would like to register your interest in applying for the 2018 bursary, please email