Since the first PLDC in 2007, the globally recognised event has grown and developed with regard to the content and activities offered.

PLDC 2019 in Rotterdam will be built around a professional conference with four tracks, offering up 80 presented papers. Organised in four sessions per day, each session will be opened with an invited Keynote Speaker’s address.

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The conference programme also includes the final round of the young speakers competition The Challenge 2018/19.

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Time Pre-convention meetings
9:00 – 15:00

Workshop: Elements light & water

10:15 –  13:00

Educators and Researchers’ Meeting

11:00 – 16:30

Cities’ Forum: Get smart training session for municipalities and related professionals – Part 2

14:30 – 17:00

Lighting Designers’ Associations’ Meeting (invitation only)

14:00 – 21:00


17:30 – 18:15

Press conference

PLDC events

20:00 – 23:00

Official opening reception + final warm-up

Time Lighting Application
Case Studies
Practice Issues
Philosophy & Debate Office & Retail
Room Ligman Flos LED Linear DGA
Keynote: Itai Palti/IL

Burning Man – light and art in Black Rock City, Nevada

Guardian of the visual image – the lighting designer’s true role

Why smart? Why not happy?

Creating an analogue shopping experience


The lighting principles of the city’s waterfronts and routes in Helsinki/FI

Women in lighting

Lumen Anthropophilicus

Retail lighting design: consumer approach techniques


Intelligent light space

They said no!

Are we still lighting designers?

The neuroscience of shopping and how to enhance the lighting design

15:45 Plenary session for the Lighting Design Profession

Lighting Design of Things

Money can’t buy me love

City Building Through the Daylight Lens

Retail lighting with online remote access to control and dimming


Lighting design in remote areas: approaches and solutions

Daylight in buildings

The social dimension of lighting design in the today’s digital age

The Avenues, Kuwait:
lighting a retail city

Time Lighting Application
Case Studies
Practice Issues
Research Office & Retail
Room Ligman Flos LED Linear DGA

Built heritage and light
In search of authentic lighting for built heritage

Slow Design – can this standardise the fast-paced world of IoT and connected lighting

RASA: Rotterdam Academy of City Astronauts creating awareness of the dark city through nightlabs

Light builds brands


Light in the urban nightscape – an architectural potential explored through scenographic frameworks


Lighting the chapel of St Antonin, Toulouse: the first application of Bluetooth Mesh

Digital lighting – an analogue way to save the world by a beautiful approach

Learning successful night-time placemaking from self-appearing urban environments

How Apple strives for the perfect sky and revives cities


Between poetics and stigmas, a plural view of the nocturnal experience


OLED Light Cloud – disrupting daily routines

Converging media and lighting technology

Effects of LED lighting on animals and the natural environment and recommendations to minimise the impact

Educating retail clients


How lighting can affect social cognition and behaviours


Aurora Borealis: Turning Yellowknife (Northwest Territories, Canada) into a Dark Sky City to promote aurora tourism and environmental awareness

Up a Bit, down a Bit – lighting control isn’t rocket science

Light for healing the mind, body and soul

Evolution Tower


Artificial lighting regulations for people with low vision


Corte Bertesina Social Farm – daylight, dark sky, human wellbeing

And the winner 2028 for the best lighting design is… AI

Towards a new light on art

Lighting the modern high-tech office – re-imagining the working environment


Museum lighting revisited


 Environmental lighting design in absence of regulation. A case study: lighting design for turtle nesting areas

Lessons learnt from BIM-based lighting design projects

Culture, light and latitudes: a comparative study of lighting conditions and habits in Berlin, Brasília and Copenhagen

Work in progress


ΑΙ-empowered lighting style/atmosphere transfer

Time Lighting Application
Case Studies
Professional Practice Issues The Challenge Office & retail
Room Ligman Flos LED Linear DGA

The language of light

Design collaboration in the digital age

Perception of metrics: the intersection of colour characteristics and qualities guided by preference

The intelligent evolution of work space


Lighting considerations for transport buildings in modern times

Dancing with wolves

The role of colour in a saturated world

Cool light? A study of Modernist studios


S21 – two decades of working with light. Flashback, snapshot, and outlook

Structured design

Light as a medium to enhance communication in urban spaces

Dynamic lighting in office environments creating a natural flow of light


Lighting design for interplanetary environments

The re-regulated future of lighting

Improve light, improve life in refugee camps

Harry Potter in the office lighting – the search for a new reality


Re-lighting the Scottish Parliament Building for the LED future

Green light – relationship and design considerations between light and green infrastructure

Developing a sensory jacket, reflecting human emotions via bodily senses

Environmentally responsible lighting design in the framework of corporate social responsibility


The unknown terrain

Lighting designers improve lighting energy performance through user-centred lighting design

Capturing the lost pattern of natural light and shadows inside the museum

Working in deep darkness – well-being through adaptive and intelligent lighting in underground spaces

After-show Party