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7th Lux Pacifica: Cultural Lighting, 6-8 March 2013 - Bangkok, Thailand
CALL FOR PAPERS!! - deadline for entries is 31 August 2012!!
Abstracts for papers should be sent to:


Organized and hosted by Illuminating Engineering Association of Thailand (TIEA), Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), the Lux Pacifica was established to unite the Illuminating Engineering Societies of the Pacfic Basin Region with the goal of benefiting the lighting industry and emphasizing good lighting design.

Papers are invited from both member and non-member countries of Lux Pacifica and can be either oral or poster presentations. The conference language is English. Papers can cover the following fields: light and culture, fundamentals of lighting and daylighting, vision and color, energy efficiency, outdoor and indoor lighting, light and health, light and architecture, lighting design, lighting fixtures, sources of light and control systems, LEDs and their application, irradiation systems, light measurements, standards of lighting, optical devices, sensors and displays, and radiometric of optical properties of materials.
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Architecture School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid
The Architecture School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid has launched an “Advanced Lighting Design Course” in Madrid. The course is designed for young lighting designers (not only students) looking for a program that may give them additional knowledge, tools and practical skills to improve their careers. This course is unique in this new area of lighting education and is now accepting applications for September!

Young designers looking to benefit from this experience can find more information by visiting the website or by contacting Ignacio Valero at for further information.
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Educators' Meeting, 16 April, 2012 (16.30-18.00pm) - Frankfurt, Germany
On the occasion of Light+Building in Frankfurt, Jean Sundin, PLDA Director for Education will be holding an Educator’s Meeting on Monday, 16 April 2012 from 16.30-18.00pm.
Attendance is free. Space is limited. Please register with Elvira at PLDA Head Office.

IALD Education Trust Student Stipends for LIGHTFAIR 2012
The IALD Education Trust is pleased to announce the return of the LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) Student Stipend Program. The Trust will offer stipends to ten students to allow them to attend LIGHTFAIR International 2012 in Las Vegas, NV USA from 7-11 May 2012. This year, the program includes volunteering at LFI with opportunities to interact with other students and professionals. The stipend includes tradeshow and conference passes, as well as funds to offset travel, hotel and meal expenses. The application is easy to fill out and requires only a short recommendation.

For more information about the stipend, please download the APPLICATION. Feel free to pass the application along to any students you know who might be interested. If you have any questions about the IALD Education Trust LFI Student Stipend Program, please contact Jill Mulholland, Project Coordinator for the IALD Education Trust, at or by calling +1 979 204 3868 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +1 979 204 3868 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Daylight Summer Course, 8-22 July, 2012 - Vicenza Italy
On behalf of Giovanni Traverso (Director of Sustainability for PLDA), I am pleased to announce a “Daylight Summer Course” taking place in Vicenza, Italy this July 8-22, 2012.

The Vicenza Institute of Architecture together with the University of Florida have created this intensive 2-week summer program introducing the culture of daylight both as an expressive device, and as a technical tool for a sustainable design approach. Artificial light will be presented not as an independent topic, but both in its integration with daylight and its increasing capacity as a key component for a positive impact on human well-being. This will be an intensive educational experience set against a backdrop of the beautiful Italian Veneto, where participants are involved in daylight matter and its design, simulation and integration. Lectures, guided tours (of works by Piano, Scarpa, Ando, Fuksas and more) as well as, hands-on workshops are all part of the experience.

Attached please find further information associated with this unique opportunity (PDFs attached) and through the website at: <> Or email: <> .

PLDA Vox Juventa 2012 - University of Wismar, Germany
CALL FOR PAPERS!! - deadline for entries is 01 May 2012!!
Proposals for papers should be sent to the PLDA Head Office at:

PLDA Vox Juventa 2012 will be held during the Light Symposium conference in Wismar, Germany on 06 October 2012.
Vox Juventa is an annual event for young designers and professionals under 35 years of age, to present a paper to an audience of professionals during a conference. In their quest to become good creative Lighting Designers, students and young professionals observe, research and study many aspects of light and lighting. Vox Juventa provides the opportunity for a select group of speakers to present their findings to a specialist audience, share and exchange ideas with peers and industry professionals, and promote closer collaboration between universities and schools of higher education offering Lighting Design. A jury of experts will decide on an overall winner during the conference who will receive a grand prize in the amount of EUR 1,000.

Papers may be submitted on the following themes or topics:
Theme I: Light and art
Examples:Light in museums/galleries, light art, temporary structures and lighting installations
Theme II: Light and Culture
Examples:Lighting cultures around the world and how they affect and impact the lighting designer's work (use of light + shadow, color, daylight, brightness, etc.)
Theme III: Light and Health
Examples:New findings and observations regarding the effect of daylight and/or electric light on human beings, flora and fauna
Theme IV: Technology
Examples:The application of new technologies; the role of technology in the design process; the scope and restrictions of new technologies and the lighting designer's responsibility in using them
Theme V: Daylight
Examples:Designing with daylight, daylight + health; analysis of projects that have a good use of daylight and what makes them unique or successful

Condition for entries:
• Entrants should be no older than 35 years of age and the paper submitted must be their original work.
• Entrants can be students of Lighting Design, Architecture,or related disciplines, Master students, PhD students, practicing independent Lighting Designers or young educators in the field of Lighting Design.
• The papers should take approximately 45 minutes each to present, including time for questions.
• The conference language will be English.

The deadline for entries is 01 May 2012. A jury of experts will select the speakers from the papers submitted. Please give the exact title of the paper and include a summary of the contents in approximately 500 words (English). Proposals for papers should be sent to the PLDA Head Office at:

22 October, Saturday (10 - 5pm) : Vox Juventa
Madrid, Spain
Vox Juventa is PLDA's young persons lecture competition which will be held during the PLDC in Madrid This year's jurors are: Amardeep Dugar, Stuart Green, Heinrich Kramer, Jean Sundin and Halldor Steinsen. The event will be moderated by Michael Rohde.

Deadline for submission is 12 August 2011.

21 October, Friday (13:00 - 15:00pm) : Educators' Meeting

Madrid, Spain
On the occasion of PLDC in Madrid, Jean Sundin, PLDA Director for Education will be holding an Educator’s Meeting during the PLDC on Friday, 21 October 2011 during the lunch break from 13.00-15.00pm.
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This meeting will follow up on the success of the International Educator Summit in Milan, bringing together Educators worldwide to discuss the results of the Summit, the new Education Wikipedia, the Lighting Research Database, and reports from the Education Workgroups on the Bachelor and Master syllabi, Creating a University Network, and more. Make sure to attend and contribute as PLDA develop the next steps for the Educator group! Admission is free. Contact Elvira at: to register.

21 October, Friday (11:15 - 12:00pm) : Lecture - International Educators' Summit Results

Madrid, Spain
Lecture during PLDC with results from International Educators’ Summit held in Milan, Italy by Malcolm Innes, entitled: "Learning about Light, how lighting educators are contributing to the professionalization of lighting design."

19 October, Wednesday (Time to be Announced) : Educator knowledge transfer session

Madrid, Spain
Educators knowledge transfer session held by VIA educational events.

19-22 October, Wednesday thru Saturday: Professional Lighting Designers Convention (PLDC)

Madrid, Spain
Professional Lighting Designers Association Convention, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
PLDA student and design members in good standing, interested in attending contact PLDA Head Office to inquire about availability of entrance tickets.
Send inquires to Elvira at

11 September : New Lighting Masters Program - Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh, UK
The School of Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University offers a new lighting masters program starting in September 2011. For further information please visit this website:
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12+13 April : International Educators’ Summit

Milan, Italy
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19 March : PLDA Workshop

Goa, India
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29 October : Vox Juventa

Stockholm, Sweden
Vox Juventa student competition during KTH symposium, in Stockholm, Sweden
See also link: Vox Juventa events
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