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The Jean Heap Bursary

The Society of Light and Lighting is delighted to announce that the 2020 Jean Heap Research Bursary has been awarded to Manuel Spitschan Ph.D for his project, lightbox: Development, validation and refinement of a free, open-access tool for calculations related to light and lighting.

Manuel is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Chronobiology, Basil. You can watch Manuel's video presentation below:

Each year, a panel of expert judges look for a specific piece of lighting study or research designed for the benefit of SLL members and industry as a whole.

The call for applications was open to anyone with an interest in light and lighting and there is up to £4000 funding available.

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 recipient of the 2019 bursary was Karen van Creveld, with her research proposal Measuring Real Daylight Exposure Afforded by Various Architectural Environments and the Implications for our Health and Wellbeing.

Take a look at Karen's entry video and subsequent progress reports below:

Measuring Real Daylight Exposure Afforded by Various Architectural Environments and the Implications for Our Health and Wellbeing - Final Report for SLL Jean Heap Research Bursary 2019 by Karen van Creveld

Karen van Creveld - 6 month progress report:

Karen van Creveld - 9 month progress report

If you have any questions about applying for the bursary, please email

The 2018 Jean Heap Research Bursary was awarded to Amir Nezamdoost for his project, Proposing a New Manual Blind Control Algorithm for Annual Daylight Analysis.