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Applying Light for Human Health

SLL Lighting Research & Technology Symposium 2020


Please note, the Symposium has now finished. If you would like to register to access the recorded sessions on demand, please contact sll@cibse.org for more information.

Following the discovery of the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cell in the human retina, a lot of effort has been expended by researchers on exploring what are called the non-visual effects of light. 

While this effort has resulted in an increase in understanding by researchers it has also produced several premature claims for lighting systems that will enhance human health. 

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This, in turn, has caused anxiety amongst lighting designers and manufacturers. Their concern is that the claimed benefits may not be evident in practice, or worse, they may be detrimental to human health, or, alternatively, they may be true and to ignore them will mean being left behind. 

The objective of this symposium was to set out where and how lighting can confidently be applied to enhance human health.

The SLL Lighting Research & Technology Symposium: Applying Light for Human Health took place online, spanning 5 sessions from 2 – 6 November 2020. 

See the full programme and speaker list below. Please note, session recordings are currently only available to registered attendees.

SESSION ONE (13:00 - 14:30) - Monday 02 November 2020
Session Chair - Geoff Cook, Chair of the Lighting Research & Technology Editorial Board
How Light Exposure Affects Human Health Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford
What Manufacturers Need to Know Peter Thorns, Head of Strategic Lighting Applications, Thorn Lighting
What Lighting Designers Need to Know Florence Lam, Arup Fellow and Global Lighting Design Leader, Visiting Professor of Lighting Design and Engineering at UCL The Bartlett Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
LIVE Q&A









 
 
SESSION TWO (13:00 - 14:30) - Tuesday 03 November 2020
Session Chair - Bob Bohannon, SLL President
Lighting for Day-work and Schools Mariana G. Figueiro Ph.D., Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Sleep and Circadian Medicine
Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Institute for Health, Rutgers University
Nightshift Work Arne Lowden Ph.D., Sleep and Stress Researcher, Stockholm University
Lighting for Homes Luc Schlangen Ph.D., Senior Researcher Light & Health, Director CIE Division 6 “Photobiology and Photochemistry”, Eindhoven University of Technology
LIVE Q&A

 
SESSION THREE (13:00 - 14:30) - Wednesday 04 November 2020
Session Chair - Ruth Kelly Waskett, SLL President Elect
Lighting for Sleep Mark Rea Ph.D., Professor of Architecture and Cognitive Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Lighting Instability, Headaches and Migraines Arnold Wilkins Ph.D.Emeritus Professor at the University of Essex
Lighting for People with Dementia Mariana G. Figueiro Ph.D., Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Sleep and Circadian Medicine
Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Institute for Health, Rutgers University
LIVE Q&A

  
SESSION FOUR (13:00 - 14:30) - Thursday 05 November 2020
Session Chair - Dr Peter Boyce, former Chair of the Lighting Research & Technology Editorial Board 
How can natural lighting necessary for human health be implemented? John Mardaljevic Ph.D., Professor of Building Daylight Modelling, Loughborough University
How can electric lighting necessary for human health be implemented? Peter Raynham, Professor of the Lit Environment, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL
LIVE Q&A

  
SESSION FIVE (13:00 - 14:30) - Friday 06 November 2020
Session Chair - Teresa Goodman, incoming (2021) Chair of the Lighting Research & Technology Editorial Board
The Future of Lighting and Health John O'Hagan, Public Health England, Visiting Professor in Laser and Optical Radiation Safety at Loughborough University & Vice President Standards, CIE
LIVE Q&A
Interactive Panel Discussion - Including Speakers from ALL sessions
 

Ticket prices:
 
  Single Session Full week
Standard Rate £30.00 (+VAT) £80.00 (+VAT)
Member Rate £15.00 (+VAT) £40.00 (+VAT)
Student Rate £5.00 (+VAT) £20.00 (+VAT)
 

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