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PLDC conference programme released

12 March 2015 15.30 GMT

(Italy) - Speakers and topics confirmed for 2015 Professional Lighting Design Convention, Rome.

PLDC, which takes place 28-31 October, will be built around a four-track conference, with the first three covering Lighting Application Case Studies, Lighting Application Research and Professional Practice Issues. The fourth track, which changes from convention to convention, is dedicated to a current topic key to lighting design developments worldwide. For 2015, the Steering Committee has selected Light and Culture as the topic in response to on-going market developments and studies.

The Light and Culture track will feature presentations on recently completed projects, indicate how lighting has changed in cultural spaces, how different cultures perceive light and consequently, how this influences lighting design. The impact of new technologies on the culture of light, and how their application is shaping design or lighting strategies will also be addressed.

Austrian media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has been announced as the first Keynote speaker and as always, the conference will be accompanied by an informative, inspiring and innovative supporting programme.

While the manufacturers’ exhibition continues to develop at a fast pace, with almost 75% of the exhibition sold out, the pre-convention meeting day is also shaping up well. The Cities’ Forum will be inviting lighting designers, architects and city planners to gather and learn about latest developments. Partner Cities of PLDC will present their ongoing activities and join the Face2Face talks to network with lighting specialists and discuss topics in city planning and lighting in the public realm.

Selected by the Steering Committee, additional value will be added to the conference programme through fifteen authors of self-running poster presentations, classified according to the four conference tracks.

A new component has also been added for 2015 – Experience Rooms, designed to allow attendees to become actively involved in specific activities, experience light and darkness, or play a part in ongoing research studies.

The first round of excursions during the conference have also been announced, including an Osram-organised trip that will see 300 lucky independent lighting designers, architects, researchers, educators and students visit the Sistine Chapel. To be in with a chance, make sure you register for a free ticket.

On Saturday 31 October, the grand final of The Challenge will take place. Finalists selected during Round III of The Challenge at a mini-conference in Edinburgh in February, are made up of young talents – some still students at renowned universities around the world, some newly qualified professionals.

The following talents will be competing against each other in Rome:

  • Team Brendan: Pernille Krieger/DK and Eik Lykke Nielsen/DK
  • Team Emrah: Roslyn Leslie/UK
  • Team Florence: Isabel Sanchez/E/USA
  • Team Iain: Stephanie Denholm/UK
  • Team Tapio: Mahdis Aliasgari/IR/S

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