PLDC 2009 Call For Papers, Deadline 15th November, 2008

Proposals for papers for the next Professional Lighting Design Convention PLDC 2009 in Berlin are now being accepted. The 2nd Professional Lighting Design Convention will be held in Berlin, Germany from 28th to 31st October, 2009. This convention follows in the footsteps of the immensely successful PLDC 2007, held in London, UK in October 2007. The PLDC 2009 convention will synthesize the follow-up on the corner stones laid in London regarding the official establishment of the profession of Architectural Lighting Design. It will also focus on all issues that make Lighting Design a contemporary discipline that shares the global responsibilities of creating a better world and contributes to preserving and safeguarding its existing achievements. The Convention will include a three-day conference with invited papers, presented papers, an electronic self-running poster session, a small exhibit of the manufacturers sponsoring the event, and a Gala Dinner during which outstanding achievements in Lighting Design will be recognized as well as efforts by the young generation of lighting designers.

The conference has a provision for 6 invited papers, approximately 70 presented papers and around 20 electronic posters. The presented papers will be given in four parallel tracks. All presentations will be in English. No translation will be provided.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit papers dealing with recent findings or achievements or professional issues in the field of light and lighting design. The papers should be relevant to the following four tracks:

a. Lighting Application Research  (in fields such as Light and Health, Lighting Sustainability, Light and the Environment, Urban Development and Lighting, Light and Economy, Light and Perception, Light and Psychology etc.)
b. Lighting Application Case Studies  (presentation of completed projects in interior and exterior lighting, demonstrating original approaches, uses of novel technologies, implementation of research findings, etc.)
c. Daylighting and Sustainability  (presentation of completed projects in which the study of daylighting and its design were major issues, demonstrating original approaches, uses of novel technologies, implementation of research findings, etc.; presentation of lighting solutions for interior and exterior projects in which sustainability issues are or were at the top of priorities while keeping a high quality of the lit environment etc.)
d. Professional Practice Issues  (Status quo of the Architectural Lighting Design profession, Professional Deontology, Architectural Lighting Design Services, Writing Safe and Sound proposals/contracts, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Fee setting etc.)

Previously published contributions will not be accepted. All papers are expected to be at professional level and target a professional audience.

Contributions are to be submitted in electronic format. Please fill in the form directly on the PLDC site and follow instructions for uploading the abstract – – or download it from the site together with completion instructions and return it in .pdf or .doc format, together with the abstract in .doc format, to PLDC’s email address:

Abstracts should be submitted in English with a minimum of 350 and a maximum of 700 words. Prospective contributors should mention their preference for the paper to be orally presented or posted in the poster session. The reviewing committee is sovereign to make a decision on the acceptance of a paper and on whether a paper submitted to be orally presented will be accepted as a poster only.

The submissions must arrive to the PLDC site or PLDC’s email address by 15th November, 2008.

Authors will be informed on the decision by PLDC Head Office by 15th February, 2009.

Selected authors will be required to supply written contributions or electronic self running poster presentations for inclusion in the Proceedings by 30th June, 2009. These will imperatively need to include the entire developed text of the paper as well as a copy of the electronic presentation.

Information indicating required formats will be supplied with notification of paper/poster acceptance. Authors of selected papers and posters will receive a free entry ticket to the convention (value _ 600); authors of selected presented papers will also receive an honorarium of _ 700 per paper, one night in the convention hotel and a contribution towards travel expenses as follows: Europe outside Berlin – up to _ 200; overseas – up to _ 600. The above amounts are per presented paper, regardless of the number of speakers.

Potential authors will take note of time requirements: Presented papers will last 45′ including Q&A time (approximately 10′); electronic posters will be designed to run in a closed loop of up to 10′ maximum. Authors who wish to offer papers or interactive sessions lasting two units of 45′ each, are requested to inform PLDC head-office together with the submission of their abstract. In the lack of such clear indication, any accepted paper will automatically and definitely be allocated 45′. The paper reviewing committee is sovereign to make a decision on the acceptance of a ”longer than standard” presentation or on the recommendation to confine the paper to one ”standard” time unit of 45′.

All proceedings might be recorded and a comprehensive DVD of the convention could be published and commercialized. All prospective contributors will be required to sign a release agreement to that effect as an integral part of their submission.