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.

To view the program on your mobile device as a PDF, please click here.

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
10:00 – 16:30

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

10:15 –  13:00

Educators and Researchers’ Meeting

14:00 – 17:00

Workshop: TBC

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
Keynote: Itai Palti/IL
Prof. Stefan Hofmann/DE

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

Brett Andersen/US

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

Riccardo Marini/IT/UK

Why smart? Why not happy?

Marcel Dion/CA

Creating an analogue shopping experience

Reija Pasanen/FI

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

Sharon Stammers/UK

Women in lighting

Daria Chirimisina/RU & Yulia Lyubakova/RU

Lumen Anthropophilicus

Evangelia Rentziou/GR

Retail lighting design: consumer approach techniques

Norbert Wasserfurth/DE & David Kosdruy/DE

Intelligent light space

Roberto Corradini/IT

They said no!

Jonathan Rush/UK

Are we still lighting designers?

Deniz Uyaniker/TK/SG

The neuroscience of shopping and how to enhance the lighting design

Janet Echelman/US
15:45 Plenary session for the Lighting Design Profession
Martin Klaasen/NL/SG & Ingmar Klaasen/AU

Lighting Design of Things

Kapil Surlakar/IN

Money can’t buy me love

Shashank Singal/IN/US

Daylight as a tangible determinant of architectural design

Ralph Kensmann/DE

Retail lighting with online remote access to control and dimming

Abhay Whadwa/IN/US

Lighting design in remote areas: approaches and solutions

Dr. Ruth Kelly Waskett/UK

Daylight in buildings

Thorsten Bauer/DE

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


Evening get-together
Time Lighting Application
Case Studies
Practice Issues
Research Office & Retail
Keynote: TBC
Prof. Jan Blieske/DE

Lighting heritage projects à la Venice Charter

Dr. Amardeep Dugar/IN & Jane Slade/US

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

Iris Dijkstra/NL

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

Paul Traynor/UK &  Paloma Plumed-Martin/UK

Light builds brands

Dr. Mette Hvass/DK

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

Dr. Stephen Cannon-Brookes/UK

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

Jim Collin/SE

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

Inessa Demidova/UK

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

Dr. Thomas Schielke/DE

How Apple strives for the perfect sky and revives cities

Tatiana de Albuquerque Ferreira/BR

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

Tobias Ziegler/DE

OLED Light Cloud – disrupting daily routines

Tobias Wursthorn/DE

Converging media and lighting technology

Annika Jägerbrand/SE

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

Greta Smetoniute/UK

Educating retail clients

Daria Casciani/IT

How lighting can affect social cognition and behaviours

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Jan Rotmans/NL
William Gagnon/CA & Isabel Villar/SE

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

Iain Ruxton/UK

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

Victor Angelo Gonzalez/PH/DE

Light for healing the mind, body and soul

Dean Skira/HR

Evolution Tower

Alberto Loyo Montoya/MX

Artificial lighting regulations for people with low vision

Giovanni Traverso/IT &  Paola Vighy/IT

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

Virginie Nicolas/FR

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

Dr. Emrah Baki Ulas/TR/AU

Towards a new light on art

Paul Boken/CA

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

Dr. Alp Durmus/TR/AU

Museum lighting revisited

Thomas Paterson/MX

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

Majid Miri/IR/ES & Simon Nyström/SE

Lessons learnt from BIM-based lighting design projects

Raquel Rosildete/BR/DE

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

Magdalena Gomez/MX/UK

Work in progress

Georgios Triantafyllidis/GR

ΑΙ-empowered lighting style/atmosphere transfer

Time Lighting Application
Case Studies
Professional Practice Issues The Challenge Office & retail
Keynote: TBC
Daan Roosegaarde/NL

The language of light

Tapio Rosenius/FI/ES & Michael Beckert/DE/NO

Design collaboration in the digital age

Jessica Collier/US

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

Star Davis/US

The intelligent evolution of work space

Carolina Florian/CO/UK

Lighting considerations for transport buildings in modern times

Mahdis Aliasgari/IR/ES

Dancing with wolves

Jennifer Tomkins/UK

The role of colour in a saturated world

Gillian Treacy/UK & Rachel Simmonds/UK

Cool light? A study of Modernist studios

Daniel Meyer/DE

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

Mary-Anne Kyriakou/AU/DE

Structured design

Katia Kolovea/GR

Light as a medium to enhance communication in urban spaces

Ellen Kathrine Hansen/DK

Dynamic lighting in office environments creating a natural flow of light

Keynote: Marc Engenhart/DE
Sangil Na/KR

Lighting design for interplanetary environments

James Benya/US

The re-regulated future of lighting

Ece Ozerdem/TR

Improve light, improve life in refugee camps

Melissa Byers/UK

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

Kevan Shaw/UK

Re-lighting the Scottish Parliament Building for the LED future

Melissa Mak/UK

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

Svetlana Degtiareva/RU

Developing a sensory jacket, reflecting human emotions via bodily senses

Ioannis Panagiotopoulos/GR

Environmentally responsible lighting design in the framework of corporate social responsibility

Kerem Asfuroglu/TR/UK

The unknown terrain

Werner Osterhaus/DE/DK

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

Valeria Bencardino/IT

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

Henrika Pihlajaniemi/FI

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

PLDC Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner
After-show Party