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    AUGUST 9-11, 2018

Call for Speakers

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference provides a range of educational programming–including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and peer review—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines.
The 2018 Annual Conference will foster personal and career growth through educational and networking opportunities and enable attendees to earn CEU credits through participation. The theme of this year's conference is "Light.Balance."
About the Conference
In addition to a provocative keynote presentation, attendees will hear from noted professionals and subject matter experts as they introduce and discuss topics relevant to the “Light.Balance” theme in a variety of formats. Breakout sessions will allow attendees to gather in smaller settings to participate in seminar and paper presentations.
Date and Location
August 9-11, 2018
Westin Boston Waterfront
Boston, MA
Speaker Submissions
The IES Annual Conference is an educational conference and presentations must strictly adhere to the IES’s non-commercial policy. You may submit your abstract using this link (you will be required to set up an account first). If accepted, your full presentation will be due June 1, 2018. Extensions past June 1 are not permitted under any circumstances. Missed deadlines will result in cancellation of your presentation.   
*Art and Application – Inspirational sessions and case studies exploring new pathways for defining and designing connections between humans and their built environment. Sessions may address: how the art of lighting design impacts the human condition; experiential lighting installations; integrated design; how the evolution of new technology enhances or alters our perception and execution of design
*Science and Research – Human Factors, Health and Technology sessions that delve into the new and exciting research in lighting design. Sessions may address: recommended practice, tools, and relevant industry or education-related topics and issues; modes of teaching and learning about light; the exploration of new lighting technologies; scientific research, sources, luminaires, controls, alternative energy sources, daylighting or adaptation of peripheral technologies and their application to lighting design. 
*Career/Education Planning and Business Building – Sessions might include new ideas on instructional theory for lighting programs; creating life-long learners and transitioning new professionals into our industry; business skills not generally taught in a conventional academic lighting program such as recruiting, managing and motivating people, effective communication skills, making impactful presentations, building and maintaining a profitable business, planning for transition, contract negotiations, creating and managing a sustainable work/life balance or defining the myriad professional roles and their critical functions within the lighting design industry, such as distributor, broker, owner’s rep, manufacturers rep, general and electrical contractor.
A few requests, but not limited to –
The SPD Curve – What is it used for? Where IS it on a product? Does it matter? What does it mean? How is it used?
Project Design Team – Who are the decision makers? What are their roles? What do they do? How do you interact with them?
Controls – Commonplace and complex. Demonstrate!
WELL Standard
Custom Designed Products – What is possible and practical? Why is it so expensive and why does it take so long to build?
Circadian and Tunable White Lighting – Who benefits? Where’s the science? Where could it be specified? Is there a good blue and a bad blue?  
Relevant Dates:
Submissions Open: Wednesday, January 10
Submissions Close: Friday, March 30
Submissions Reviewed: Monday, April 2-20
Submitters Notified: Monday, April 23
Draft Due: Friday, May 25
Final Presentation and Handouts Due: Friday, June 1

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