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Agile Lighting Research: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

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03 Nov 2022
12:00 - 14:00
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The SLL is delighted to present, Agile Lighting Research: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice.

Chaired by Ruth Kelly Waskett and co-hosted by Shelley James, the online panel debate will include Peter Fordham, Christina Friis Blach, Florence Lam CEng FIET FCIBSE FSLL, Peter Raynham, Dr Karim Sorefan and Debra Skene.


The next generation of lighting offers immense potential to improve health and well-being, and reduce environmental impact. However, there are few opportunities for all those who are involved in the value chain for lighting, from design to delivery and ongoing use, to take a step back and measure the effectiveness and return on investment of different lighting interventions on outcomes. This is a process that will in turn increase the ability of those professionals to improve their offer based on reliable, transparent evidence.

Academic research tends to operate on either very short term (3-4 months) or long term (3-4 year) cycles. Research sponsored by a single commercial interest tends to lack credibility, while concerns about competition mean that results are rarely disseminated, particularly when the outcomes are not clear-cut.

This failure to learn from our successes - and from our mistakes - is a huge lost opportunity for the lighting sector, for our clients and, ultimately for those who will live and work in the spaces we create.


Bring together key players for a practical debate to understand obstacles and identify opportunities for collaborative research partnerships that will offer reliable, coherent, objective data about the effectiveness of lighting interventions in real world settings in business rather than academic time frames.


  • Clients / businesses commissioning lighting projects who are committed to innovative approaches to lighting and keen to learn from - and potentially even promote - their investment among employees and other stakeholders.
  • Scientists who are keen to translate principles into practice, but find that formal academic frameworks offer limited scope for short term or opportunistic collaborations.
  • Manufacturers who want to refine and extend their offer with an earlier contribution to the process
  • Consultants who need reliable data to deliver evidence-based design and provide the best advice
  • Potential funders, in addition to partnership or in-kind funding from commercial partners (e.g. government agencies, academic bodies, regulators / SLL / CIBSE) who want to ensure that limited budgets have the biggest impact
  • Potential technology partners who want to design products that enable reliable, accurate measurement in ‘real life’ settings (wearables)
  • Potential academic / methodology partners or mentors who want to speed up the learning curve for setting up and analysing the research


Sponsored by the Society of Light and Lighting, chaired by Ruth Kelly-Waskett, Senior Associate, Hoare Lea, curated by Shelley James with guests

  • Peter Fordham, Electrical Engineering Design Manager, Sainsbury's
  • Christina Friis Blach, Co-founder and CEO, LYS Technologies
  • Florence Lam, Arup Fellow and Global Lighting Design Director, Arup, Visiting Professor of Lighting Design and Engineering, UCL IEDE
  • Professor Peter Raynham, Professor of the Lit Environment, University College London
  • Professor Debra Skene, University of Surrey
  • Karim Sorefan, Lecturer, University of Sheffield

The event takes place online Thursday 3rd November 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 BST

Bookings to attend the online panel event can be made here: Agile lighting research - bridging the gap between theory and practice Tickets, Thu 3 Nov 2022 at 12:00 | Eventbrite