Professional Lighting Design Convention 2013

30 October – 2 November, 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark.

PLDC is the largest forum for the lighting design community worldwide with more than 1300 attendees expected in 2013. Leading researchers, practicing lighting designers and the leading lighting industry will come together to discuss international future trends in technology and design. Discussions will include the development of the lighting design profession and certifying professionals to develop better quality lighting designs.

Based on the successful proven concept, PLDC will again be built around a three-day professional conference offering approximately 65 presentations given by high-profile speakers. All submissions will be blind-reviewed by an independent jury of experts from the lighting business. The convention will also include invited Keynote Speakers, a sponsoring partners’ meeting area, pre-convention meetings, social events and self-running electronic poster presentations.

With a history of successful conventions, PLDC offers continuing education in the field of lighting design and the presentation of cutting-edge technologies. The convention offers a communication platform for established lighting designers, researchers, students, manufacturers, city planners, architects and related professionals to network, exchange and share knowledge and new approaches in the field of light and lighting.

“The point of no return”  Through its simplicity, the motto for PLDC 2013 explains the position and situation the lighting design community finds itself in right now. Decisions taken to continue the process to establish the profession need to be pursued. An important cornerstone was laid in Madrid in the joint Industry Forum held by CELMA, ELC and PLDA, and moderated by the PLD magazine. In the next two years efforts will continue on different levels to achieve better conditions on the market and the next level of recognition for the architectural lighting designer as part of the value chain. PLDC 2013 marks the next significant step in achieving these goals.

Again the convention will be based on four tracks: professional issues, lighting application research, lighting design case studies and – new in 2013 – sustainable lighting + design.

On Wednesday 30 October – prior to the PLDC 2013 conference proper – a number of pre-convention meetings will be taking place. These sessions are primarily dedicated to educational issues (Educators’ Knowledge Transfer Session, meetings for schools teaching Lighting Design or those studying it) or issues relating to the profession (recognition, certification) or the lighting industry (standards for new technologies).

 About PLDC

PLDC is organized by VIA-Verlag, publisher of the Professional Lighting Design magazine. Professional lighting associations and universities with lighting design programmes from around the world will be invited to partner the event. This high-quality network guarantees to spread the word further and to reach newcomers and professionals from related fields of practice.

This biannual convention was created for the global lighting design market. Designers, lighting architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities.

PLDR Awards – Call for Nominations

Traditionally, PLDC concludes with a Gala Dinner and the Awards Show during which the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Awards will be presented to individuals, organizations and institutions to recognize their work, actions and achievements that have contributed to the advancement of Architectural Lighting Design. Anyone working in the lighting field with knowledge of the lighting design market may submit their nominations for the eight Award categories.

Nominations can be submitted until 17 May, 2013. All the nominations will be compiled and presented to the PLDR Award jury.

See the full Call for Nominations and the Nominations form.

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06 Sep