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Applying Light for Human Health

SLL Lighting Research & Technology Symposium 2020


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 is 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 will be held online, spanning 5 sessions from 2 – 6 November 2020. Registration is available for single sessions or for the whole week.

See the full programme,speaker list and session registration links below:

SESSION ONE - Monday 02 November 2020
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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
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SESSION TWO - Tuesday 03 November 2020
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Lighting for Day-work and Schools Mariana Figueiro Ph.D., Director of the Lighting Research Centre (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Nightshift Work Arne Lowden Ph.D., Sleep and Stress Researcher, Stockholm University
Lighting for Homes Luc Schlangen Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Director of Global Standardisation, Principal Scientist and Program Manager for Light and Health, Eindhoven University of Technology
LIVE Q&A

 
SESSION THREE - Wednesday 04 November 2020
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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 Figueiro Ph.D., Director of the Lighting Research Centre (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
LIVE Q&A

  
SESSION FOUR - Thursday 05 November 2020
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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
LIVE Q&A

  
SESSION FIVE - Friday 06 November 2020
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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 - with speakers from all sessions
 

This event is supported by: